Blockchain Solutions for the Poor

Blockchain networks, which allow people to transparently exchange money and valuable information digitally without central administration, are poised to reshape society in the next decade.

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Using Behavioral Nudges to Increase the Use of Government Services

The idea of using behavioral theory - and especially low-cost "nudges" informed by behavioral science - to influence individuals' decisions has been attracting a lot of interest lately.

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Can Open Data Make Government More Transparent in Mexico?

An unprecedented effort is underway in Mexico to expand state and municipal adoption of open government practices. The more engaged citizens expect and use public data, the less likely that future governments will dare reverse hard-won victories.

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The Missed Opportunities between mHealth and mAgriculture

A recent ICTforAg event demonstrated how much of an opportunity there is for collaboration between mHealth and mAgriculture, both of which use mobile phones and wireless tools to advance their fields.

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Are the “Principles of Digital Development” Agile?

Recently, Abt Associates endorsed the "Principles of Digital Development." These nine principles have been widely adopted by international development funders and practitioners to absorb and disseminate technology best practices in the field of international development. More than 50 organizations ranging from various offices in the United Nations and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) down to niche technology providers have endorsed the principles.

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A New Paradigm for Innovation in the Development Ecosystem

During a recent talk at Devex World, I posed this question: "How do we learn from the world of business, the rapidly changing world of start-ups and the sharing economy to change the way we do development?"

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Strong Data Security: More Work Is Needed to Support Grantees

By necessity, study participants' personal data is shared across many entities, such as grantees, contractors, and their subcontractors. But we have observed that grantees often operate with limited resources and insufficient or no IT support staff, let alone security support staff.

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