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Energy Technology: “Lighting the Way”

Solar lighting is an emerging technology with the potential to transform incomes, education, and health in developing countries.  And, as global population outgrows electrification, solar lighting proves to be an economically sustainable alternative to kerosene lighting.  One approach to solar lighting in Ghana “involves a centralized, village-level system with a large solar panel that charges a car battery” and in turn is used “to charge smaller batteries in the lanterns, which are built using local materials.” 

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Technology’s Role in African Human Development

Guest post by John Schellhase, Program Assistant at the NYU Development Research Institute (DRI). A counterpoint to more hopeful dispatches from Africa, the African Human Development Report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) describes a continent facing a number … Continue reading

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Education Incentives and Effective Research Methods: A talk by Yaw Nyarko

Professor Yaw Nyarko, Director of the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), gave a talk last week at Evidence-Based Education: Policy-Making and Reform in Africa, an education conference in Ghana. The conference, hosted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), … Continue reading

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Market Information Systems – Public or Private Provision?

Recently, we came heard about a new service in Ghana, CocoaLink, which is a partnership between the World Cocoa Foundation, Ghana Cocoa Board and the Hershey Foundation (USA). From marketing to health advice, Cocoa Link provides cocoa farmers with information … Continue reading

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Alliances strengthening Ghanaian farmers’ market knowledge

All Africa reports the launch of a new partnership between Esoko and MTN Ghana, called M-Agric Service. The service from Esoko, the leading agricultural market information platform in Ghana, and MTN Ghana, one of the largest cell phone companies in … Continue reading

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Teach a man to text….Dealing with “tech literacy” in rural Ghana

Nicole Hildebrandt is a CTED student researching Market Information Systems in Ghana. Read below for her recent experiences training farmers in Ghana. As a (late) twenty-something from the US, I’ve basically grown up using a mobile phone, so it’s hard for me … Continue reading

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Mobile Phone for Agriculture and Insurance in Africa

Here’s another thorough overview of how mobile phones are playing a vital role in agriculture and trade in Africa. Beyond Esoko in Ghana, several other organizations and companies are using mobile technology to improve access to information about crops and … Continue reading

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