In Podcasts: a community knowledge sharing tool, an article published on SciDevNet, Lawrence D. Gudza describes a pilot project in Zimbabwe that uses podcasts to get development information to the people of Zimbabwe’s rural district of Mbire, home to small agricultural communities without electricity, land line telephones or mobile phone infrastructure.
The project, supported by the UK NGO Practical Action, distributes the podcasts in battery operated MP3 players housed in “mobile libraries”. Community members can borrow the MP3 players to listen to the podcasts.
According to the Lawrence D. Gudza the project has been a success:
Within six months of the project starting, the technology has reached about 75% of the local population. Farmer-to-farmer knowledge exchange has also improved, with a large proportion of neighbouring communities also benefiting from the information.