Posts from April 2011

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The Economics of Poverty

by NYU CTED

Money and how to make it, spend it and save it are decisions faced by everyone in the world. Yet, for the world’s poorest people, the very challenging financial and economic circumstances they face is a constant source of stress and worry as they try to make enough to survive and to bring themselves and […]

India Falls Behind Other BRIC Countries in Digital Access

by NYU CTED

A new report, the Digital Inclusion Index, rated countries’ efforts to expand digital access in the developed and developing world. The report noted the challenges facing India especially, as one of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), where the technological disparities between rural and urban areas are significant. The main barriers for digital […]

Making it a Part of Everyday Life: ICT in the UAE

by NYU CTED

 ICT in Abu Dhabi was the focus of remarks by the UAE’s Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Mohammed Ahmed Mahmoud, at Abu Dhabi’s pavilion at Hannover MESSE 2011 on April 5th. The Ambassador spoke of the importance of ICT in developing the country’s economy and services, citing several successful projects as examples of making ICT a […]

Solar Pyramids

by NYU CTED

Earlier this year, the Land Art Generator Initiative announced Lunar Cubit as the winner of its first annual design challenge. The plans for the winning project entail the covering of the large pyramids outside of Masdar City (Abu Dhabi) in LED lights. The light cycle will be based on the lunar cycle, but in reverse […]

Crash Course: Mobile Phone Applications for Development

by NYU CTED

This is the third edition of the CTED Crash Course, a regular feature which shares 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 solar energy, mobile technology and Internet accessibility […]

Bringing NYU to Abu Dhabi

by NYU CTED

The New York Times published a great in-depth profile on NYU Abu Dhabi and its students today in its Education Life section.   

Mobile Phone for Agriculture and Insurance in Africa

by NYU CTED

Here’s another thorough overview of how mobile phones are playing a vital role in agriculture and trade in Africa. Beyond Esoko in Ghana, several other organizations and companies are using mobile technology to improve access to information about crops and insurance for farmers across Africa. The use of mobile phones for insurance is quite interesting […]

Social Experiments to Fight Poverty

by NYU CTED

Here is a TED talk that J-PAL researcher and MIT professor Esther Duflo gave in 2010. Duflo shows how she uses Randomized Controlled Trials (see the blog entry of April 11) to find out which policy measures work to alleviate poverty in underdeveloped regions of the world.    

Crash Course: Randomized Controlled Trials

by NYU CTED

This is the second edition of the CTED Crash Course, a regular feature which shares 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 solar energy, mobile technology and Internet accessibility […]

Cartoons to Teach Farming

by NYU CTED

This interesting article about the use of cartoons and local dialects in mobile videos being used to teach farmers safe and effective farming methods.  A group called Scientific Animations Without Borders, which includes researchers from the University of Illinois, is using animated videos downloaded from the Internet to mobile phones to teach farmers in West […]