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Q&A: How Technology is Transforming Ebola Response Efforts

Eric King holds up a handprint to echo the wall of handprints from Ebola survivors at the Bong County Treatment Unit in Liberia. Eric King worked to coordinate the flow of data for the international humanitarian response in Liberia for two months last Winter. / Ellie Van Houtte, USAID

Eric King shares how digital technologies and data tools are shaping the Ebola response in West Africa.

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How USAID’s Partners are Transitioning to E-payments

A neighborhood shopkeeper writes down transaction details after processing a mobile money transfer. Photo: Manpreet Romana/AFP, USAID.

Mobile payments are changing our work in a fundamental way and enhancing people’s lives. Read more >>

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USAID in the News


A review of USAID’s top news highlights for week of August 19, 2013. Read more >>

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From the Field in Afghanistan: Mobile Phones Changing Lives

Omar, who owns a supermarket in Kabul, uses M-Paisa for most of his transactions. Photo credit: USAID/Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s telecommunication sector is connecting people with mobile money products. Read more >>

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USAID Brings New Communications Options to Remote Communities in Northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Satellite communications equipment at Niangara cellular tower site. Photo credit: Vodacom Congo

In late April, residents across the Democratic Republic of the Congo were pleasantly surprised to receive phone calls from friends and relatives living in the remote northeastern corner of the country – for the first time. Read more >>

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The Power of Mobile to Improve Women’s Health

Mother with a mobile phone. Photo credit: VillageReach

Mobile technology has made possible innovative new ways to deliver health information and services. Read more >>

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Designing Smartphones For Resource-Poor Women

Mobile phone use in the developing world is exploding, yet women are at risk of being left behind.   On average, GSMA research shows women to be 21 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile phone in low- to middle-income countries.  The resulting mobile phone gender gap represents as many as 300 million […]

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Can you hear her now? Putting mobile phones in women’s hands

In the late 1970’s one of the major findings on Madison Avenue, (then the world capital of advertising) was that women control over 80% of all consumer purchases in the U.S. This ‘shocking discovery’ changed who and how companies marketed their products. I was just entering the workforce then and thought, ‘ how in the […]

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