With traditional donor countries in North America and Western Europe facing budget constraints, the debate over the effectiveness of aid is likely to continue. Before this issue is debated, practitioners and academics must first establish what the purpose of aid is, how the impact of aid and international development organizations should be evaluated, and what types and amounts of assistance are most beneficial in each circumstance.
Since 2008, the Afghan mobile phone provider, Roshan, has worked to bring mobile money services to Afghanistan. With the support of USAID, all four of Afghanistan's major mobile phone providers are currently developing mobile money capabilities. The highly successful rollout of Kenya's mobile money and banking service, M-Pesa, has spurred a flurry of similar startup efforts – over
Bottom-Up Design: Recovering from Disaster in Bangladesh
By Bryant Renaud posted on November 10, 2013 in ,
Minhaj Chowdhury is a co-founder of Drinkwell, an organization with the noble goal of eliminating arsenic poisoning in rural Bangladesh. High levels of arsenic in water caused the “largest mass poisoning in history” for more than thirty years in the rural villages of Bangladesh. Minhaj’s organization is trying to stop the suffering. On October 29th, he spoke to the International Development Discussion Group about his successes and failures in undertaking this ambitious project.
World Bank Youth Summit 2013: Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030
By Irina Tsukerman posted on November 7, 2013 in ,
World Bank Summit 2013 brought together promising young entrepreneurs from all over the world to engage in a conversation about battling youth unemployment, ending world poverty, and making the world a better place by putting creativity, passion, and enthusiasm into action. Several specific factors differentiated this summit from similar solution-oriented gatherings. First, it was a good attempt to bring young activists and entrepreneurs and large private institutions together.