From the editor's desk.

Author:Addison, Tony

28 May 2014

One indispensible part of modern life is the mobile phone. The communications revolution continues to surprise almost everyone--including those most directly involved in rolling out the new technology. UNU-WIDER researcher, Han Ei Chew, recently completed a study with UNESCO on how mobile technology is helping reading and literacy in developing countries. The report, Reading in the Mobile Era, finds that hundreds of thousands of people now use mobile technology as a portal to text. In countries where illiteracy rates are high and physical text is scarce, many people use mobile technology to read full-length books, and often stories to their children. Perhaps you are reading May's Angle on your mobile device.

But there are also basic needs that cannot be satisfied directly by technology. One is the need to eat. Many millions of the world's people depend on fishing for their livelihood. And for 20 per cent of the world's population, fish are their main source of animal protein. So fish matter, and overfishing is a problem everywhere, including on Africa's west coast. In this Angle, UNU-WIDER researcher Wisdom Akpalu, from Ghana, looks at fishing as a livelihood in Ghana, and the consequences of illegal fishing.

May's GUESTAngle welcomes back Roger Williamson, on the vices and virtues of data. The idea of big data has captured a lot of imaginations, but is it hype, or does it have real substance for development and poverty reduction?

In RESEARCHAngle, we bring you two recent WIDER Working Papers. The first one is based on the paper by Sarah Bibler and Elaine Zuckerman on unpaid care work in World Bank projects. The other is based on a paper by Terry F. Buss on Haiti, and the difficulty of getting aid to work well...

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