The Innovators: Rugged Communications and The Last Digital Mile

Practical Initiatives Network - the PIN blog

by Kristen Sissener, @kristensissener of @PairedAir.

In development we often hear discussions about the challenges of so-called “last mile” delivery. We mostly associate these challenges with the delivery of medications, supplies and other tangible items. But what if the goods in question are digital rather than material? What if what we need to deliver in that last mile is simple communication?

As we publish this inaugural post for our new series “The Innovators”, it’s only fitting that we kick off with an innovator working to address the very foundation upon which all others depend: communication.

But first, a fun thought experiment: Imagine you don’t have phone, wireless, or internet connectivity. Yes it’s difficult. But that’s not all: now imagine you are working in the jungles of Panama. You have already achieved the nearly impossible, creating a micro-enterprise run by local women who make and sell bags using different types…

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