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Common Ground: Land rights and wrongs

Six programmes explore the effects of land rights on people in India, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Based on research about development, they reveal the many barriers to owning land and homes, and their wide-ranging - sometimes devastating - consequences.

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Ringing The Changes

A series of three features exploring the barriers that people in rural areas face in getting access to a telephone.

Africans are enjoying a love affair with the mobile phone – the continent is the fastest growing market in the world. In Kenya: Texting Takes Off we look at the way in which sending a text message – or SMS – is changing people’s lives.

But the reality remains that only one in a hundred people in Africa has access to a phone – and most of these people live in the cities. For those in the country, where the cost of a mobile phone call can cost a farmer half a day’s wages, getting to make a call can mean travelling miles to recharge your mobile phone battery or to visit a public phone kiosk as we explore in Uganda: Telephone Business Grows .

But first, in India, heartland of an IT boom, one land line for an entire village is not uncommon, as we find out in India: The Difference A Call Makes.



Date published: 04/06/2004


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India: The difference a call makes

Amid all the hype about mobile telephones, it's often forgotten that millions across the world have never even made a phone call, let alone owned a phone. In this feature, Binu Alex travels to a village in Gujarat that has one phone between 700 people to hear what a difference a phone call can make - and to discuss some of the problems of getting connected.

Producer: Jenny Bardwell
Journalist: Binu Alex

Date published: 05/05/2004

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Kenya: Texting takes off

Sending a text message - or an SMS has become a worldwide phenomenon particularly amongst the young. Jamhuri Mwavyombo meets some mobile devotees in the Kenyan cities of Mombasa and Nairobi.

Producer: Jenny Bardwell
Journalist: Christine Otieno

Date published: 19/05/2004

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Uganda: Telephone Business Upwardly Mobile?

Uganda has among the highest concentration of mobile phones in Africa. But the high cost of calls on mobiles leaves many without the means to make a phone call. Christine Otieno goes out and about in Kampala, Uganda's capital, and beyond, to find out why.

Producer: Jenny Bardwell
Editor: Francesca Silvani
Journalist: Christine Otieno

Date published: 19/05/2004

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