Some of the world’s poorest nations also happen to be the most linguistically diverse and, in a world where content is king, a linguistic divide is a barrier to communication and access to infrastructure—prohibitive to achieving key global development objectives, including global health initiatives and access to preventative care.
BabelNouvelle® is a program connecting local speakers of indigenous languages and residents of areas with extreme regional variations of “the big four” (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish). By leveraging growing accessibility to mobile technology and higher Internet penetration and combining it with content automation and controlled language systems, BabelNouvelle® is an opportunity for investment and engagement with untapped resources driving private business that flourishes locally.
Linguistic pluralism is a challenge, but hardly an insurmountable hurdle. In fact, linguistic diversity can act as a driver to reverse underdevelopment and economic contraction and push access to crucial content in real time.