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Mobile Phones in Education

The World Bank is engaged in a variety of activities investigating issues related to the use of mobile phones in education in developing countries.

The mEducation Alliance

The World Bank participates in the mEducation Alliance (formerly m4Ed4Dev), an international collaborative effort between bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, foundations, private sector partners, academic researchers, and implementing organizations that is working to explore cutting edge intersections between mobiles, education and development and to promote collective knowledge sharing.

The mEducation Alliance sponsors a large annual global knowledge-sharing events in Washingt DC, the mEdaucation Alliance International Symposium:

  • 6th mEducation Alliance International Symposium: From Innovation to Impact
    October 18-20, 2016 (United States Institute for Peace)
  • 5th mEducation Alliance International Symposium: Leveraging ICT for supporting the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals
    October 28-30, 2015 (United States Institute for Peace)
  • 4th mEducation Alliance International Symposium: Networking Fair for Scaling Project Impact
    October 20-22, 2014 (Organization of American States & Ronald Reagan Building
  • 3rd mEducation Alliance International Symposium: Commit Fair for Project Scaling
    October 15-16, 2013 (Organization of American States)
  • 2nd mEducation Alliance International Symposium: Partnering for Scale and Impact
    September 5-6, 2012 (Grand Hyatt Hotel)
  • 1st mEducation Alliance International Symposium: Promoting Quality Education Outcomes through Mobile Technology
    August 18-19, 2011 (Hyatt Regency Bethesda)

Materials from each of the symposia are available for download on the symposium section of the mEducation Alliance web site.

mEducation Alliance members have compiled a number of landscape reviews on a range of topics, including related to the education of refugees; education in conflict and crisis settings; numeracy; reading; and youth workforce development. These are all available for download from the resources section of the mEducation Alliance web site. 

Articles and blog posts

The topic of 'mobile education' is a recurrent theme explored in the World Bank's popular weekly EduTech blog, which is the best source of up-to-date treatment of this topic. Popular posts on this topic include:


overviews and surveys

projects and initiatives

data collection using mobile devices

 (all EduTech blog posts related to the use of mobile phones in education)