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Kenya launches 14 mobile apps to transform agriculture

[NAIROBI Kenya has launched 14 mobile applications to help farmers transfer technologies that enhance agricultural productivity and trade.<p>The mobile …

Apps

Technology ventures aim to tackle challenges of the world’s small farmers, too

Farmers have not been passively watching the technology revolution for the last 20 years. Yet most technical advances have targeted commercial …

Farming

Despite progress, India has a long way to go in digital and financial inclusion: W20

In its first recommendation paper on Digital Inclusion, the W20 has called on the G20 member states to take coordinated action to make digital …

Financial Services

#MESTAfricaSummit: How tech can help create inclusive African cities

CAPE TOWN - Africa’s digital cities was a major topic at the #MESTAfricaSummit on Tuesday. The concept of continued development at such a rapid pace …

Sub-Saharan Africa

KBC launches smartwatch digital wallet with Garmin Pay

Paying on the go has never been easier – KBC launches new digital wallet collaboration with Garmin Pay<p>In the latest in a number of innovations, KBC …

Banking

Regulatory requirements derailing financial inclusion in Nigeria - BusinessDay : News you can trust

There is unanimity of opinion in the financial sector that the best way to ensure greater financial inclusion in the developing world, especially for …

To achieve economic stability, better innovation is needed

NAIROBI — Economic stability and the Sustainable Development Goals are inexorably linked, but discussion on how to pursue economic stability is often …

World Economy

How Employers in Poor Countries Are Using Nudges to Help Employees Save Money

One of the most common ways to get people to save is through their employer. In particular, behavioral economics—that marriage of economics and psychology that has put terms like “nudge” into the popular lexicon—has provided a powerful tool for increasing savings, in the form of the <i>default</i> …

Employment

Surveying Profession in Transition

Surveying Profession in Transition - 13/06/2018<p>Report on FIG Congress 2018<p>The beautiful city of Istanbul in Turkey played host to the XXVI …

Urbanization

Odisha slum mapping project- Making technology work for the deprived

While the world is progressing rapidly and skyscrapers are emerging increasingly, a darker side of the story prevails. Over one billion people …

Land Rights

Talking Agriculture Data Interoperability at ICTforAg 2018

Recently, we shared a post on how we’re driving progress towards inclusive agriculture data use by strengthening agriculture data interoperability …

Thought Leadership

Tackling the African water crisis with mobile technology

A saddening problem<p>Of all the issues that the world faces, scarcity of water in developing counties is proving itself to be one of the most damaging. …

Water

Future finance: Blend, bond and blockchain

<b> United States</b> - On a map of global landscapes, the most expansive ecosystem won’t appear: finance. It’s the underlying rooted network channeling …

Blockchain

More than 60 million Nigerians are unbanked – World Bank

A 2017 World Bank Global Findex Database report on financial inclusion says that more than 60 million Nigerians are without bank accounts. The …

World Economy

4 Keys to Make Your Project Handover Successful, No Matter the Circumstance

<i>By Erica Bustinza, mSTAR Project Director</i><p><i>mSTAR/Liberia ended activities in May 2018 after enrolling 4,870 civil servants across Liberia into mobile</i> …

Financial Services

5 ways global development professionals can support better practices in AI

SAN FRANCISCO — Conversations on artificial intelligence and global development tend to focus on ways AI can transform the sector. Most of the time, …

Artificial Intelligence

Digital Trends Carry Extra Risks for Emerging Markets

<i>Governments have an opportunity to ensure the forthcoming digital revolution is inclusive and competitive, and safeguards consumer interests.</i><p>By Priya …

Innovation

Is the World’s Largest Democracy Creating the First ‘Data Democracy’?

<i>India is forging its own path for data rights and privacy.</i><p>Data breaches have dominated global headlines over the past year. The Cambridge Analytica …

Personal Data

Navigating the risks of artificial intelligence and machine learning in low-income countries

On a recent work trip, I found myself in a swanky-but-still-hip office of a private tech firm. I was drinking a freshly frothed cappuccino, eyeing a mini-fridge stocked with local beer and standing amidst a group of hoodie-clad software developers typing away diligently at their laptops against a …

Artificial Intelligence

Is There an Algorithm to End World Hunger?

Every day, thousands of researchers and scientists are collecting massive amounts of data about agricultural systems—from soil chemistry and …

Agriculture

What Is a Water Utility in a Digital World? | Water Finance & Management

How Digital Technology Can Be the Fundamental Agent of Change in the Modernization of Global Water Infrastructure<p>By Gigi Karmous-Edwards & Will …

Water

Bridging digital divide through analogue technology

Young people in Africa are using smartphones successfully to access or create employment.

World Bank

Press release: Brazil and South Africa tech hubs launched to drive international growth

New tech hubs to connect businesses in the UK with those in emerging digital markets will be launched in Brazil and South Africa, DCMS Secretary of …

Economic Development

International Day of Family Remittances: Working to Build Prosperity at Home

ROME, June 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Ahead of the International Day of Family Remittances to be observed on 16 June, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for continued efforts to help remittance-receiving families build a …

Sustainability

Marketing partnership responds to Myanmar’s digital transformation

Thanks to an explosion of investment in the past couple years, around 90 percent of people in Myanmar currently have access to smartphones with …

Innovation

In the future, your mobile password may be determined by reading brainwaves

Scientists have developed a security system that identifies a person by reading their brainwaves in response to a series of pictures - an advance …

Brainwaves

Listening to Africa’s Future Farmers

With African countries facing a youth employment crisis, agriculture, the continent’s biggest industry, is increasingly seen as a crucial part of the …

Innovation

Mobile Tech Spurs Financial Inclusion in Developing Nations

The 2017 edition of the Global Findex reveals the extent to which mobile phones and the internet have created new opportunities for financial …

Telecoms Giant Wants to Move Mobile Data Top-Ups to a Blockchain

China Mobile Corporation, one of the three state-owned telecommunications giants in the country, is exploring the use of distributed ledger …

Mobile

Development of Lightning Mobile Wallets Promises Faster Bitcoin Payments

Since the turn of the year, the price of bitcoin has been battered with investors left to lick their wounds. Behind the scenes though, the …

Bitcoin