Monthly Archives: July 2011

Biometrics and Mobile Banking

The importance of security in mobile banking can’t be overstated. Many operators are now employing biometric tools to enhance the security of the mobile finance services.  Take a look at this study from the World Bank and researchers at the … Continue reading

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Better money transfers

The Hindu Business Line takes a look at how money transfers work for migrant workers. For many who travel to work and then send the money they earn back to their families there are many challenges that they must confront … Continue reading

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Mobile phones and radio coming together to help Kenyan farmers

National Geographic’s Mobile Message takes a look at an interesting program in Kenya that utilizes SMS and radio to teach farmers about organic farming practices. The Organic Farmer began as a feature in a magazine that is now a radio … Continue reading

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More renewable energy to come to UAE

Masdar is looking at plans to build a massive wind farm in the UAE along the border of Saudia Arabia. The farm, which would be the first in the region, would be specifically made to generate more power from the … Continue reading

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Harnessing the desert’s energy

A European non-profit, DESERTEC, wants to harness the vast amounts of energy produced in the world’s deserts and bring it to population centers for usage. The organization wants to combine energy security and climate protection in its efforts, using existing … Continue reading

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Examining the relationship between economic opportunity and violence

The newest World Development Report, released by the World Bank, presents some interesting findings about the nature of the relationship between economic development and violence. Previously, a lack of economic development was one of many factors that led to violence … Continue reading

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Solar, borrowing and girl power in Bangladesh

Great piece from CNN about the myriad ways that solar panels are transforming the economics and experiences of villagers in Bangladesh. The solar panels are purchased using microcredit through Grameen Shakti, the loan payments for which are used to train … Continue reading

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