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Mobile Phones and Expanding Human Capabilities

This article argues that mobile phones constitute the basis for one of the greatest expansions of human capabilities in known history.  Amartya Sen’s capability approach (1999) is applied, which highlights expansions of freedoms in areas such as social and governance networks that encourage us to look beyond economic measures of development. The paper reflects on some policy issues and implications and the uses of mobile communication in increasing non-economic capabilities and freedoms.
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Originally published by Matthew L Smith, Randy Spence and Ahmed T. Rashid (ABI The  African Business Review)

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