One of the targets of Millennium Development Goal Eight, “Develop a Global Partnership for Development,” is to cooperate with the private sector to “make available the benefits of new technologies – especially information and communications technologies.” International development professionals, such as Jeffrey Sachs, have listed numerous benefits that can be brought to the developing world through cell phone technology, including communicating with long-distance family members, increasing communication between different villages, finding employment opportunities, having more options in emergency situations, allowing fisherman and farmers to check market prices before leaving the village, and allowing quick and easy transfer of funds. Cell phones may also eventually help bring internet into developing countries’ villages and homes.
Moshman, Rachael. "Keeping Cell Phones Affordable: Regulating the Private Sector's Contribution to Development." Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Fall 2005, 44-45.