USAID’s Mobile Solutions Forum: Facing Complex Challenges Through Innovation

Southeast Asia faces a variety of development challenges: climate change, disaster response, governance, food security, and health are just a few.  That these challenges are interdependent and complex is well-known, but how are they best tackled?  USAID does not believe that they can be confronted using traditional development programming.

In this spirit, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Regional Development Mission for Asia will host, together with USAID’s mSTAR project (led by FHI 360 in partnership with Open Revolution), the Mobile Solutions Forum in Bangkok, Thailand on January 6th 2014.  Mobile solutions can be apps, services, or software that helps bring a world of information right into the hands of those who need it most. The forum will dive deeply into the world of mobile solutions.  We will look at the latest technologies, the newest approaches, and most current data on how they are working in the field.

The Forum will be an exciting opportunity to get an overview of what is happening in this field and to interact with local technology companies, USAID officers, implementing partners, donors, and others who are developing or using mobiles for development.  This forum is part of USAID’s broader strategy of harnessing the power of science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to produce breakthroughs that deliver development impact more quickly, efficiently, and at greater scale than traditional approaches.

Are you interested in participating at this conference either as a presenter, promotional partner or attendee?  If so, please complete the registration application found through the link below. Space is limited, and unfortunately not everyone who applies will be invited to attend, so please register soon.  Stay tuned for more details on the agenda and speakers.  We will inform selected participants in early December.

We hope to see you all in Bangkok!
About the author:  Jayce Newton is a Democracy & Governance Officer at USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia, based in Bangkok, Thailand. As part of the Governance and Vulnerable Populations Team, Mr. Newton collaborates with USAID missions across the region to craft and implement new methods for confronting long-standing challenges, including LGBT rights, protracted internal conflict, and civil society in restrictive environments.