Partnering with Women Entrepreneurs Toward Shared Prosperity

LIMA, Peru—In 2010, Monica was facing bankruptcy. She and her husband had lost their jobs, sold the family car, and moved their children to a less expensive school. Then a television program about how to recycle and repurpose plastic showed her how waste could be turned into yarn and fabric. A trained designer, Monica decided … Continue reading Partnering with Women Entrepreneurs Toward Shared Prosperity

Empowering Women through Financial Inclusion

Sarita Musharin, whose sun-wrinkled face makes her seem much older than her 30-something years,  sits in front of her small mud hut in the hills outside of Daltonganj, in the Indian state of Jharkhand, to barter with a drifter. The drifter, thin to the point of starvation, offers her a dried cobra head – among … Continue reading Empowering Women through Financial Inclusion

Peru Launches National Financial Inclusion Strategy to Expand Financial Inclusion

Only 29% of Peruvian adults have an account at a formal financial institution, according to the 2014 Global Findex. This despite the fact that the Global Microscope places Peru as the country with the best enabling environment for microfinance and financial inclusion. To close this gap, Peru is stepping up its commitment to financial inclusion. In July 2015, … Continue reading Peru Launches National Financial Inclusion Strategy to Expand Financial Inclusion

Access to Financial Services – A Key to Lifting People Out of Poverty

KUALA LUMPUR, August 20, 2015 — Malaysia has achieved one of the highest levels of financial inclusion among Southeast Asia countries, due in part to policies taking advantage of mobile phones and banking agents to expand access, according to a recent World Bank report discussed at a conference on Thursday. A major contributor to Malaysia’s development success … Continue reading Access to Financial Services – A Key to Lifting People Out of Poverty

Wireless power transfer tech: Trials set for England’s offroads

Wireless charging technology that is built into the road, powering electric cars as they move, is to undergo trials on England’s offroads. Announced on Tuesday, the technology will address the need to power up electric and hybrid vehicles on England’s roads. The trials will get under way later this year. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-08-wireless-power-tech-trials-england.html#jCp Key … Continue reading Wireless power transfer tech: Trials set for England’s offroads

Social networks…for your data?

A bevy of new apps are automatically tracking, quantifying, and publishing your personal data in private and public ways, creating a social network for all your numbers. The latest is an app called Numerous. Just launched last month, it’s one of Apple‘s featured apps and has seen weekly growth rates of 13,000 percent. Numerous combines … Continue reading Social networks…for your data?

Scientists make a robot that can have babies

Everyone who thinks robots are going to take over the world might be getting a lot more frightened: Scientists have created a machine that’s able to have babies. Sort of. In an experiment designed to show how robots can learn and evolve, researchers in Cambridge and Zurich programmed a robot arm—or “mother”—with an algorithm to … Continue reading Scientists make a robot that can have babies

Yahoo!-ABC News Leads Online Digital News Visits, as Mobile Rules

By Douglas A. McIntyre April 29, 2015 6:56 am EDT Three trends stand out in the new Pew Research Center Journalism & Media Study. One is that consumption of news has moved more and more toward mobile devices. Another is that Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) and its partner ABC lead all media properties in online visits, based … Continue reading Yahoo!-ABC News Leads Online Digital News Visits, as Mobile Rules

State of the news media in 2015: Facebook and mobile rule

In this Tuesday, April 28, 2015 photo, an unidentified person uses a mobile phone to read the news from The Huffington Post on Facebook, in Los Angeles. “State of the News Media 2015,” published Wednesday, April 29, 2015, by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project found that nearly half of Web users learn about politics … Continue reading State of the news media in 2015: Facebook and mobile rule

Challenges Facing Entrepreneurship in Nigeria

Entrepreneurship is critical to the development of societies. Entrepreneurs however, cannot work in isolation; they need the right environment to thrive. The judicial system, the educational system, the financial system and general government policies should be such that encourage and promote entrepreneurship. Basic infrastructures such as power, water, and transport systems are necessary to boost … Continue reading Challenges Facing Entrepreneurship in Nigeria