Some good ideas to aid women harm more than help


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A couple of years ago, I was chatting with a college friend who, like me, is passionate about entrepreneurship, tech, and combating social injustice. “Microfinance is the key,” he said. “You help women, you end poverty.” I think most of us have moved past that...

Should you personalize your SMS & voice messages in mobile campaigns?


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When I tell people about engageSPARK’s cool ability to “personalize” SMS messages – for example, automatically inserting each recipient’s first name at the beginning of each message when sending out 1,000 text messages – they generally respond with, “That’s awesome!...

Something to Believe in: Tech Startups in the Philippines


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The Philippines needs more jobs, and some people are hoping that tech can play a part in the solution. I was packing relief goods in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) when I first began to realize the extent of the problem. My fellow packers were...

Women and Mobile Financial Services


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The GSMA has just published a report titled, “Unlocking the Potential:  Women and Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets,” which provides a very detailed look into how women are using Mobile Financial Services (MFS) and the challenges and learnings...

Can Foreign Aid End Poverty?


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The UK Government recently launched a new scheme aimed at improving the lives of individuals in developing countries who work for suppliers operating in the global supply chain. The program, Trade in Global Value Chains Initiative, uses UK government aid money to...

From Medicine to ICT4D: My Experience as an engageSPARK Fellow


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JN Fang writes about her experience as an Opportunity Labs Technology Fellow with engageSPARK in Cebu City, Philippines during December 2013 and January 2014. At some point between getting my news from Junior Scholastic and joining high school debate, I decided that I...