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US seeks to foster development innovation with $1bn-a-year lab

Inspired by such epochal breakthroughs as the "green revolution", not to mention the advent of humbler technologies including the cow manure-powered fridge, the US agency for international development (USAid) is to sink almost $1bn (£602m) a year into a new global development laboratory. The scheme …

Y Combinator for the world? How USAID lab plans to fight poverty

For decades, the go-to phrase to inspire action on a big issue or project usually started with: "If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we... (fill in the blank)." But 45 years after that giant leap for mankind, that cliche is getting a little stale, especially when sometimes it's the smaller …

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USAID Using Technology to Fight Poverty

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will announce Thursday a new high-tech program to …

Come up to the lab

FASHIONS change fast in foreign-aid policy. Ten years ago, when George W. Bush launched the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the priority was …

Mobile Money Africa

MasterCard appoints new Global Products and Solutions Vice President in sub-Saha<p>Nairobi LagosMasterCardhas appointed Ezediashi Ofili as Vice …

Rwanda’s Push for Financial Inclusion: The government has set a target of 90 percent financial inclusion by 2020

You don’t have to spend very long in Rwanda before you start to be impressed by the financial inclusion landscape in this country – not only by the …

Behind the Scenes at Financial Inclusion 2020: Elisabeth Rhyne outlines the next steps in the movement to achieve global financial access

The Financial Inclusion 2020 Global Forum, in October 2013, was an opportunity for hundreds of leaders to come together and dedicate themselves to …

Are Data Scientists Earning Their Salaries?

Nigeria’s regulatory environment hostile to mobile money – Safaricom CEO

Nigeria seems to be ripe for mobile money, but the concept has yet to take off compared with Kenya, in part because of bank lobbying. Bob Collymore, …

The Western Union Company - Western Union Expands Mobile Money Transfer Network in Nigeria in Collaboration with Paga

In today’s fast-paced world where opportunity knows no borders, moving money across the globe with speed, ease and security has never been more …

Forget Bitcoin, African E-Money Is the Currency-Killer

All the talk of bitcoin in recent years has overshadowed the real e-finance revolution: In Africa, India and now Eastern Europe, a service called …

Mobile money and the UK aid conundrum

2014-03-31T10:52:05.000Z<p>By: FT Alphaville<p>Putting a financial value on aid is tricky. Case in point, Monday’s FT editorial on the UK’s overseas …

Why Online Gaming Is humanipo Friv

Spend Free Time at humanipo Friv Games<p>Literally there is great number of thing that may occupy your when you have a lot of free time. Of course you …

Big data: are we making a big mistake?

Five years ago, a team of researchers from Google announced a remarkable achievement in one of the world’s top scientific journals, Nature. Without …

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FORTUNE — North Africa and the Middle East have been sluggish to join the mobile money revolution, a movement that is transforming economies and delivering financial inclusion to the unbanked across the developing world.<p>That’s particularly true when you compare the region’s progress against …

Vodafone brings Africa's M-Pesa mobile money to Europe | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone brought the mobile money service that has revolutionised banking in Africa to Romania on Monday, offering M-Pesa text-message transactions to millions of customers in its first push into Europe.<p>Vodafone branding is seen outside a retail store in London November 12, 2013. …