Posts from July 2011

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Biometrics and Mobile Banking

by NYU CTED

The importance of security in mobile banking can’t be overstated. Many operators are now employing biometric tools to enhance the security of the mobile finance services.  Take a look at this study from the World Bank and researchers at the University of Michigan which examines the implications of fingerprinting in microfinance and assessing credit ratings […]

Better Money Transfers

by NYU CTED

The Hindu Business Line takes a look at how money transfers work for migrant workers. For many who travel to work and then send the money they earn back to their families there are many challenges that they must confront .  Many are unable to open a proper bank account as they do not have […]

Mobile Phones and Radio Coming Together to Help Kenyan Farmers

by NYU CTED

National Geographic’s Mobile Message takes a look at an interesting program in Kenya that utilizes SMS and radio to teach farmers about organic farming practices. The Organic Farmer began as a feature in a magazine that is now a radio broadcast that reaches farmers at home in the evenings. The programs offer advice from host […]

More Renewable Energy to Come to UAE

by NYU CTED

Masdar is looking at plans to build a massive wind farm in the UAE along the border of Saudia Arabia. The farm, which would be the first in the region, would be specifically made to generate more power from the lighter breezes that are prevalent in the region, rather than the traditional wind farm conditions. […]

Harnessing the Desert’s Energy

by NYU CTED

A European non-profit, DESERTEC, wants to harness the vast amounts of energy produced in the world’s deserts and bring it to population centers for usage. The organization wants to combine energy security and climate protection in its efforts, using existing technology such as concentrated solar power plants (CSP) to collect the energy and high voltage […]

Examining the Relationship Between Economic Opportunity and Violence

by NYU CTED

The newest World Development Report, released by the World Bank, presents some interesting findings about the nature of the relationship between economic development and violence. Previously, a lack of economic development was one of many factors that led to violence in failing or failed states, but this new report finds that increasingly a lack of […]

Solar, Borrowing and Girl Power in Bangladesh

by NYU CTED

Great piece from CNN about the myriad ways that solar panels are transforming the economics and experiences of villagers in Bangladesh. The solar panels are purchased using microcredit through Grameen Shakti, the loan payments for which are used to train village women in the installation, maintenance and repairs of the solar panels. The solar panels […]