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If you read the Project Bertumbuh insight about tangible goods, you may be wondering what happened next.<p>Last week in Jakarta we held a frogThink – a …

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The word “drone” usually conjures up negative images of invisible eyes in the sky and shadowy, unknown forces. As frog designers, we are natural …

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How The Red Cross Used Tweets To Save Lives During Hurricane Sandy

From a “social media” command center, the relief organization tracked more than 2 million posts to help direct their aid.<p>When Hurricane Sandy touched down on the Eastern Seaboard, the American Red Cross was ready with its usual arsenal of disaster tools–data from government partners, on-the-ground …

Asia's rapid growth leaves huge numbers in poverty, says ADB | Public Finance

By Mark Smulian | 15 August 2013<p>Poverty and hunger still threaten the sustainability of Asia’s rapid economic growth, the Asian Development Bank …

Mark Zuckerberg launches Internet.org to connect 'the next 5 billion'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a slew of partners just launched Internet.org to bring digital connectivity to the world.<p>According to a press release, the founding members of the initiative include Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung. These technology giants have …

Forget Oil: Tech Could Be The Next Middle East Goldmine

An MIT Business Plan Competition, a Google fund for entrepreneurs and several startup weekends – no, this isn’t Silicon Valley, but the Middle East, where the region’s burgeoning startup habitat is ripe for investment.<p>Yet while the Arab League has an annual GDP of $2 trillion, or $6,000 per head, …

New mobile technology can test for agricultural pathogens in Africa

A University of Colorado Boulder faculty member will travel to Africa later this month to test a mobile smartphone technology developed by his team …

For African Farmers, Talk Is Cheap But Information Is Priceless

The expansion of the internet, mobile phones and television means that most of us are now exposed to immense amounts of information -- equivalent to 174 newspapers worth of data per day, five times as much as in 1986.<p>In little more than one generation, we have become connected, not only to a wide …

“Coronating Value (Dethroning Profit)”: An Interview with Steve Wright, Grameen Foundation

<i>In a recent article for Forbes/Skoll World Forum, Can Financial Markets Be Good?, Steve Wright, Vice President, Poverty Insights for Grameen</i> …

J-PAL move to fight poverty in Southeast Asia

DUBAI: Perhaps more than anybody else outside royal circles in the UAE, Mohamed Alabbar symbolizes the generation of businessmen who built Dubai into …

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Will Barack Obama's Power Africa turn the lights out on energy poverty?

US president's promise to double power access in sub-Saharan Africa is bold, but realising its potential will not be easy<p>On Sunday, standing in the shadow of the Ubungo power plant in Dar es Salaam, Barack Obama launched a multi-billion dollar effort to "plug Africa into the grid of the global …

Unequality will stoke volatility in Latin America

Latin America has had a good decade. Over the last 10 years, economic growth averaged 4.2 per cent, and 70 million people escaped poverty. …

In Africa, Delaying Motherhood Can Mean Escape From Poverty

I come from the slums of Nairobi, where delaying motherhood is not always a choice. I was lucky to have this option, and choosing to hold off on becoming a mother was my way of stepping out of poverty and getting an education. The question of when to have children is a luxury in much of America, …