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Mobile Usage at the Base of the Pyramid in Kenya

Cite as:

Okune, Angela, Philip Ochola Mak'Anyengo, Sylvester Wachira Ndaiga, Sidney Ochieng, Rhoda Omenya, Chris Orwa, Nanjira Sambuli, and Varyanne Sika. 2018. "Mobile Usage at the Base of the Pyramid in Kenya." In "iHub Research (2011 - 2017): A Critical Technology Action Research Group Within Nairobi's Flagship Tech Innovation Hub," edited by Okune et al. In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, edited by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August.

Meta-Narrative

AO: This study, funded by infoDev of the World Bank, looked at 800 mobile users in six locations across Kenya to understand mobile phone usage patterns among those at the "base of the pyramid." The project, which was awarded to iHub after a competitive tender, helped to boost iHub Research's reputation and establish the legitimacy of the work we were doing. The project was conducted over 6 months in 2012 and was widely taken up via local and global media outlets in early 2013.

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?

This essay is part of a broader exhibit on iHub Research.

STS ACROSS BORDERS DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

STS Across Borders seeks to showcase STS from different regions, diasporas, and genealogies by exploring different ways STS developed across time and space, and the structures, infrastructures, and systems that have allowed–or worked against–the cultivation of STS modes of thinking. Digital collections developed as part of STS Across Borders are hosted in an evolving archive, infraStrucTureS.

Learn more here.

Final Report: Mobile Usage at the Base of the Pyramid in Kenya

AO: This final report outlines key insights from the project.Read more

Annex: Mobile Usage at the Base of the Pyramid in Kenya

AO: This document is the accompanying annex to the main report findings.Read more

Blog post: "Roundtable Discussion on Mobile Usage at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP)"

AO: This blog post is an event announcing a roundtable with tech entrepreneurs to discuss how the research work on mobile phone usage at the base of the pyramid might be relevant for them. This was an important component of the dissemination because part of the intention behind iHub Research was...Read more

Blog post: "Understanding 'Foregoing' Behavior at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) in Kenya"

AO: This blog post was based on a World Bank-funded research project that iHub Research conducted in 2013. The project, which was awarded to iHub after a competitive tender, helped to boost iHub Research's reputation and establish the legitimacy of the work we were doing. This specific blog post...Read more

Media Reception: Voice of America reports on Base of the Pyramid Findings

AO: This media interview with Voice of America is one of the better examples of nuanced reporting on our Base of the Pyramid research in 2013. I am including it in the exhibit because it illustrates one important part of the work we did at iHub Research - public outreach and sharing - and also a...Read more