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Weekly Readings: Off-Grid

BY Antonella Napolitano and Rebecca Chao | Monday, April 28 2014

A roundup of interesting reads and stories from around the web. Read More


Facebook Seeks Approval as Financial Service in Ireland. Is the Developing World Next?

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, April 16 2014

Mark Zuckerberg (Brian Solis)

On April 13 the Financial Times reported that Facebook is only weeks away from being approved as a financial service in Ireland. Is this foray into e-money motivated by Facebook's desire to conquer the developing world before other corporate Internet giants do? Maybe.

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Enthusiasm For Mobile Money In Togo Spills Out Onto Street

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, September 17 2013

Mobile money makes some dance for joy (khalidinho1/Flickr)

The only time banks get people dancing in the U.S. is in cheesy commercials. Not so in Togo, where Biz Tech Africa reports Moov sales agents were dancing on a vehicle driving down the streets of Lomé, spreading the gospel of mobile money. Moov is a cell service provider in Togo and they recently launched a mobile money provider called Flooz.

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Why Did Mobile Money Flop In Nigeria?

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, September 5 2013

Two years have passed since a mobile money service was deployed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and it still has yet to catch on with the masses. According to a recent poll by the Nigerian research company NOI, only 6 out of 10 Nigerians know about the service (59 percent), and of that number only 13 percent are using it.

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State Department Sets Out to Figure Out Mobile Money

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 23 2010

As part of its ongoing quest to figure out how it might apply modern technologies to the world's toughest problems, the U.S. State Department will bring together its employees, outside government staffers, and other ... Read More