Posts from March 2011

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Mobile Phone Health Records

by NYU CTED

A University of Southern Maine CS professor, Bruce MacLeod, and his graduate students are implementing a cell phone based medical records system, called Mobile Midwife, in Ghana. The project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has nurses in rural villages use cell phones to enter information into medical records, keep track of immunizations […]

Door-to-Door Solar Technology

by NYU CTED

Great article in the Daily Beast about a solar start-up network for women in Uganda. Solar Sisters began as a small project training women about solar energy so that they would be able to spread the word and to sell affordable small solar lamps in their communities, but now the organization has grown exponentially and […]

Authenticating Pharmaceuticals

by NYU CTED

Counterfeit pharmaceuticals pose a serious public health challenge. While it exits everywhere in the world, counterfeiting is greatest in regions where regulatory and enforcement systems for medicines are weakest. Counterfeit medicines pose a public health risk because their content can be dangerous or they can lack active ingredients. In Nigeria, the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline implemented an SMS verification […]

Mobile Banking: Lessons Learned in Kenya Spreading to Afghanistan

by NYU CTED

Despite war and a crippled infrastructure, many in Afghanistan are turning to mobile instead of traditional banking. The Christian Science Monitor reports on the implementation and expansion of M-Paisa as a main means of trade and commerce in the country. While the effectiveness of the system has yet to be proven, there are several indicators […]

ICT Big in World Bank Development Marketplace Shortlisted Proposals

by NYU CTED

Several of the shortlisted projects for the World Bank Development Marketplace focus on using ICT in interesting new ways to address issues of employment, government accountability, and trade. Babajob is an organization that connects job seekers in the informal sector (housekeepers, drivers, etc) to employers. The service, by connecting employers with potential employees by location, […]

ICT and Climate Change

by NYU CTED

Today’s post will focus on another CTED project by Sunandan Chakraborty, who shows how technology can be used to inform farmers in rural areas of climate changes. If farmers can easily and quickly be informed of developing climate situations, the scope of catastrophe due to unawareness can be significantly reduced. The project involves developing a […]

CTED – At home at NYU Abu Dhabi

by NYU CTED

CTED is part of New York University of Abu Dhabi, a recently established liberal arts college closely connected to NYU New York. CTED is located in the heart of NYUAD’s Downtown Campus. This is the ideal location for CTED, as NYUAD’s ambitions are the same as ours: to be a world center for research and learning. […]

Crash Course: Solar Energy

by NYU CTED

The Center for Technology and Development (CTED) is launching its CTED Crash Course, a new feature on its blog, which will share some essential background information that will help explain what we do here at the intersection of innovative technology and economic development. We hope to shed some light on some of the basics of […]

Bill Thies’ talk at the CTED conference

by NYU CTED

One of the speakers of yesterday’s conference – Bill Thies of MSR India – discussed a novel way in which cellular technology can help to spread news using voice instead of text. The project, called CGNet Swara, uses mobile phones as a platform for information sharing in poor and unconnected areas. So-called “reporters” call a […]