Practical Insights on Finance for ICT4D Projects

Getting Principled on Digital Financial Services for Development

Getting Principled on Digital Financial Services for Development

Published on: Apr 15 2016 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Digital financial services (DFS) have emerged as complex and yet powerful tool for supporting economic development. Technology-enabled financial services comprise...
The Rise of Mobile Money Services in Somaliland

The Rise of Mobile Money Services in Somaliland

Published on: Jan 29 2016 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
In 2009, Somaliland’s biggest mobile network operator, Telesom, launched their mobile payment service “ZAAD”, and today more than 10% of the 3.8 million inhabitants...
How To Stop Paying Per Diems for ICT4D Project Participation?

How To Stop Paying Per Diems for ICT4D Project Participation?

Published on: Jan 25 2016 by Wayan Vota - 23 Comments
In the research article Paying Per Diems for ICT4D Project Participation: A Sustainability Challenge by Terje Aksel Sanner and Johan Ivar Sæbø of Univeristy of...
Could Equity Crowdfunding Be a Pathway from Poverty?

Could Equity Crowdfunding Be a Pathway from Poverty?

Published on: Dec 18 2015 by Josh Woodard - Comments Off on Could Equity Crowdfunding Be a Pathway from Poverty?
Recently, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new rules that will open up crowdfunding equity investments to anyone. Previously such investments...
Can Crowdfunding Work for Developing World Projects?

Can Crowdfunding Work for Developing World Projects?

Published on: Oct 19 2015 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
As I experiment with crowdfunding for JadedAid, a card game to save humanitarians that I co-launched on Kickstarter, I wonder how entrepreneurs in the developing...
Digitizing Payments One Cabinet at a Time

Digitizing Payments One Cabinet at a Time

Published on: Oct 16 2015 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Recently, the Liberian Cabinet approved the use of mobile money to pay teachers in rural areas. This is a huge step in the right direction for Liberia. But why...
60 Million Displaced People Need New Technology for Cash Transfers

60 Million Displaced People Need New Technology for Cash Transfers

Published on: Aug 28 2015 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
There are more refugees and displaced people in the world now than ever before. Fortunately, a much-needed transformation is afoot among humanitarian agencies responding...
New USAID Handbook: How to Implement Electronic Payments in Development Programs

New USAID Handbook: How to Implement Electronic Payments in Development Programs

Published on: Jun 03 2015 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on New USAID Handbook: How to Implement Electronic Payments in Development Programs
Have you read the USAID Procurement Executive Bulletin NO. 2014-06 that promotes the use of electronic payments at the procurement/assistance planning and award...
New USAID Handbook: Digital Finance for Development

New USAID Handbook: Digital Finance for Development

Published on: Apr 22 2015 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on New USAID Handbook: Digital Finance for Development
The Digital Financial Services for Development Handbook was developed by USAID and FHI360 for use by USAID personnel to maximize the Agency’s use of and contribution...
New GSMA Report: Mobile Financial Services for the Unbanked

New GSMA Report: Mobile Financial Services for the Unbanked

Published on: Mar 06 2015 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on New GSMA Report: Mobile Financial Services for the Unbanked
Today, the GSMA Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme releases its 2014 State of the Industry Report on mobile financial services. Published annually, the...