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Wednesday, September 16, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Five Ugandan Women Create Women’s Health App

Source: Africa Times

Five women from Makerere University in Uganda have created a test kit that connects to an app on smartphone which detects harmful vaginal bacteria that can cause bacterial vaginosis and other infections, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Five Ugandan students invented an app to diagnose vaginal infections at home

Source: Fusion

Five university students majoring in information technology and engineering have invented a device and accompanying app, which they’ve named the Her Health BVKit, to allow women to test for vaginal infections at home.
Thursday, August 20, 2015 — Asia Pacific

A Hundred Apps Bloom in China as Millions Bank on Their Phones

Source: Bloomberg

Consumers are skipping straight from cash to mobile finance.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Alibaba Launches Mobile App in China to Lower Entry Barriers to Investing

Source: Bloomberg

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s finance affiliate unveiled a wealth-management app on Tuesday to help less well-heeled Chinese buy into hundreds of funds and track stocks from Hong Kong to the Nasdaq off their smartphones.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Mobile Banking Apps in Developing Nations Have Weak Security

Source: ITworld

The developing world is increasingly using mobile banking apps to move money, but new research shows those apps are often poorly coded and pose security risks.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Phone Usage to Drive Africa’s Economy

Source: Ghana Web

Information communication technologists are optimistic that mass mobile phone usage launched in Africa, will drive the continent’s economy and make the millennial generation to become the leading tellers of the emerging app economy.
Friday, July 17, 2015 — South Asia

MUrgency Launches Global Emergency Response Mobile App in India

Source: The Times of India

A new decentralized and personalized mobile app called MUrgency ( One Global Emergency Response Network) is being set up to create a global emergency response to help people in distress in developing countries.
Friday, June 19, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New App Helps Farmers in Kenya Find Climate-Smart Seeds

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

A new app launched in Kenya June 10 could help millions of farmers adapt to climate change by offering information on the best seeds for changing growing conditions, agriculture experts said.
Friday, May 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

How Google is changing mobile for the next billion users

Source: ZDNet

Faced with a large population with slow, little or no mobile broadband, Google is tweaking its core apps to spread the mobile revolution around the world.
Friday, May 15, 2015 — South Asia

India's Axis Bank Taps WhatsApp for P2P Mobile Payments

Source: Finextra

India's Axis Bank has launched a mobile payments service that lets users send money to each other through WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, email and phone contact lists.
Monday, April 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New App for Managing HIV Treatment Failure

Source: Science and Development Network

A health informatics specialist in Rwanda has developed a computer-based application to help clinicians reduce medical errors in managing HIV treatment failure.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 — Latin America

Assured Labor Raises $6.75M, Has Connected Workers With 100K Jobs In Latin America’s Informal Sector

Source: Tech Crunch

Long before LinkedIn went public or before a plethora of on-demand startups began washing the Bay Area and other U.S. cities with services at the click of a button, there was this startup from an MIT grad called Assured Labor.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — South Asia

Tech Companies Struggle to Get World on Internet

Source: Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

When Sumarni, a 39-year-old woman in a rural village in Indonesia, first cradled a smartphone in her hand about two years ago, her reaction was “bingung,” the word for “confused” in Indonesian. As she looked at the Android phone’s sleek, black surface, she asked herself: “Where are the buttons?”
Thursday, April 16, 2015 — South Asia

New Ways of Delivering Healthcare

Source: India Today

One of the biggest barriers to realising the national agenda of "healthcare for all" is tackling the existent complex, disorganised and expensive system of healthcare.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa Taps Emocha for Tuberculosis-Fighting Mobile Apps


Johns Hopkins-affiliated health IT startup emocha is marking World TB Day with the launch of a new system in South Africa.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How an Anti-Tech Teacher Ended Up Creating A Mobile App to Improve Education in Africa

Source: The Huffington Post

In 2011 I returned to Kenya for a vacation. I wanted to see the community where I had lived just two years earlier, bring gifts to the families I had bonded with, and sing songs with the kids of the rural village that I had called home. I had lived in Muhuru Bay without water and electricity while working with teachers in this community to help students prepare for high school. It was meant to be a break before heading off to the West Coast for business school. I hadn't expected to start a company, especially one in technology.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Vodafone Supports Healthcare with Immunization Tracker “App”

Source: Ghana Wed

Vodafone Ghana, a telecommunications company, has partnered the Legon Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) to roll out a mobile application “app” that aids child healthcare delivery and immunization.
Monday, February 23, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tencent Backs Mobile Jobs Startup With Its First ‘WeChat Africa’ Investment

Source: TechCrunch

Tencent has made its first investment in Africa under the banner of its WeChat messaging service. WeChat Africa, a joint venture between Tencent and Naspers, announced an investment in M4JAM (Money For Jam), a South Africa-based mobile job service that connects to WeChat.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Moven Founder Brett King Appointed to Center for Financial Services Innovation Board of Directors

Source: Market Wired

Moven, the first app and debit card to provide real-time behavioral feedback to help users change their spending habits and save more, announced today the appointment of Founder and CEO Brett King to the Board of Directors of the prestigious Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI).
Friday, February 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

This App Wants You to Borrow Money From Friends, Not Banks

Source: Wired

Long ago, your parents probably gave you some advice: never borrow money from a friend. More importantly: never let your friends borrow from you. If the movies have taught us anything, it’s that mixing money and friendship rarely ends in anything other than blood and tears.
Friday, January 30, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release: Four Initiatives From Across Africa Win Share of Global $1 Million Healthcare Innovation Award


Organisations from South Africa, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda recognised by GSK and Save the Children for innovations proven to help reduce deaths in under-fives.
Monday, January 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Ebola Survivors in West Africa to Share Stories via Mobile App to Help Fight Stigma

Source: Reuters

Ebola survivors in the three West African countries worst hit by the epidemic will share their stories through a mobile application to be launched on Monday, in a UNICEF-backed campaign to inform and fight stigma around the disease.
Monday, December 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How to Combat Malaria with Mobile Phones

Source: Wired

Martin Edlund likes to say that malaria may one day be the first disease beaten by mobile phones. Yes, he happens to be the CEO of the non-profit Malaria No More, so he has to say stuff like that. But no, it's not a total pipedream.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How to combat malaria with mobile phones

Source: Wired

Africa, where malaria kills around 400,000 children every year, is set to top 1 billion mobile phone subscriptions by next year. That means that public health researchers will have one billion ways to communicate with -- and collect data from -- the people who are most at risk of catching malaria, a disease that has traditionally been extremely difficult to track.
Monday, December 22, 2014 — South Asia

Mahindra Comviva Powers India's 'First' Health Care App by Telangana Government

Source: PCC Mobile Broadband

The Telangana Government today announced the launch of India’s first dedicated health care app for the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to provide citizens with convenient access to healthcare as part of its effort to fulfill the Digital India Initiative. The app which is powered by Mahindra Comviva, the global leader in providing mobility solutions was conceptualized by the Healthcare Innovation Cell (HIC) of the Ministry of Health.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Orange, USAID announce mHealth initiative for Africa

Source: Telecom Lead

Telecom services provider Orange announced its mobile health (mHealth) development initiative with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – targeting Africa.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Selfies Could Detect a Common Deadly Disease

Source: Huffington Post

People might take selfies someday to detect a deadly yet treatable medical condition, according to an award-winning team of medical inventors.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

10 Apps That Are Reshaping Healthcare In Africa

Source: Ventures Africa

As mobile penetration and smartphone proliferation continues its unprecedented surge in Africa, its beneficiaries are spreading beyond the confines of social interactions and brand development. The number of health solutions, exploiting this growth, are also on the rise.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

500 Startups’ $10M fund will invest in mobile health in India, China, Africa

Source: MedCity News

A $10 million micro fund that will make investments in early and growth stage mobile startups, including mobile health, got started this week.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

MTN Uganda, Ericsson team up on mobile money service

Source: ITWeb Africa

Ericsson has announced that MTN Uganda has deployed the Ericsson Converged Wallet platform, enabling the operator to quickly introduce relevant, new and differentiated mobile financial services offerings for seven million MTN Uganda mobile wallet users and 50,000 agents
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — South Asia

Taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber to launch mobile wallet in India

Source: Times of India

The taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber will launch a mobile wallet in India after its payment mechanism came under the RBI scanner for flouting the mandatory two-step verification on card transactions earlier this year.
Monday, November 10, 2014 — South Asia

Indian hospital shows how mobility can improve healthcare in rural areas

Source: Information Week

By using telemedicine application for mobile devices, Balabhai Nanavati Hospital is demonstrating how mobility can truly transform the way healthcare services are delivered to rural communities.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Facebook And Alibaba Will Turn The World's Poor Into Entrepreneurs. Xiaomi Will Sell Them Smartphones

Source: Forbes

Facebook and Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA) Limited are on a new mission: solve world poverty by helping more than 4 billion people from low-income countries get access to the Internet — and engage in e-tailing entrepreneurship.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

AddressHealth bags global award for innovation in tele-enabled school health centres for urban poor

Source: Pharma Biz

AddressHealth, India’s first paediatric primary healthcare network, has won the prestigious ‘Stars in Global Health’ grant competition from Grand Challenges Canada. The company bagged the honours for its innovative model to provide comprehensive healthcare to children in low income groups through tele-enabled school health centres.
Friday, October 31, 2014 — South Asia

Indore: Approval for mobile app to curb dengue spread hangs fire

Source: Hindustan Times

Even as dengue cases rise, government approval for a mobile app that could prevent the disease from spreading by speeding up monitoring and intervention is hanging fire.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IBM partners with Airtel and Echo Mobile on Ebola containment initiatives in Africa

Source: Biz Tech Africa

Airtel, IBM Research Africa and Kenya's Echo Mobile have joined forces to launch several initiatives to help curb the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
Friday, October 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

App puts process of AIDS testing in the palm of your hand

Source: The Globe and Mail

Ask Nitika Pant Pai about her work on a new self-test for HIV/AIDS and she’ll tell you: There’s an app for that.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Airtel, Apollo to drive telemedicine in Nigeria

Source: New Telegraph

Nigeria’s third largest telecoms firm, Airtel, has partnered one of the largest integrated healthcare providers in the world, Apollo Hospitals, to enhance access to world-class healthcare services in Nigeria.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Philips, GE Healthcare going big on Connected Healthcare R&D in India


Engineers from Philips Innovation Labs and GE Healthcare in Bangalore are experimenting with mobility platforms and healthcare which will come to life in India soon in the form of a connected medical world.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IBM Teams on First Watson Application in Africa

Source: eWEEK

IBM and Metropolitan Health of South Africa have teamed to create a new health care customer service service based on Big Blue's Watson cognitive computing system.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: 10 Reasons Why Mobile Rocks in Africa

Source: allAfrica

Mobile use in Africa is expected to increase 20-fold in the next five years.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

French bank, Twitter team up for money transfers via tweets

Source: Reuters

One of France's largest banks is teaming up with social network Twitter Inc. (TWTR.N) this week to allow its customers to transfer money via tweets.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola outbreak: Where are the mHealth apps?

Source: mHealth News

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and now the U.S. is surely among the most high-profile incidents wherein mobile health technologies could have proven their mettle.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile technology offers option to combat fake drugs in West Africa

Source: PCWorld

Cholera, malaria and the rapidly expanding threat of Ebola have hit African countries with a related health-care problem: the scourge of fake drugs.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — South Asia

UST Global unveils unique telemedicine mobile app, in collaboration with Nanavati Hospital

Source: The Health Site

Kerala’s largest IT employer UST Global, Monday, announced the release of an advanced telemedicine application, developed in collaboration with Mumbai-based Balabhai Nanavati Hospital’s telemedicine centre and BlackBerry India.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Use of Thin SIM technology approved in Kenya

Source: HumanIPO

The use of thin SIM technology has been approved in Kenya paving way for new Mobile Virtual Networks Operators (MVNOs) to use them for new services among them mobile money transfer.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates focused on digital payment for poor

Source: PYMNTS

Though there has been a lot of talk and media coverage about the tremendous potential mobile payments offer to the poor, underbanked and financially disenfranchised around the world–minus a few bright spots (M-Pesa) the progress of mobile in bridging the gap between the banked and unbanked has been slow going.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: Western Union Expands Collaboration with MTN Group; Launches Mobile Money Transfer Service in the Ivory Coast

Source: Market Watch

Consumers Who Subscribe to MTN Mobile Money Can Now Receive a Western Union Money Transfer Transaction on Their Mobile Phones
Friday, August 8, 2014 — South Asia

Rocket Internet raises $445 million to invest in mobile payments in emerging markets

Source: Internet Retailer

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company is purchasing a 10% stake in Rocket, a German e-commerce investment firm. The deal will combine the Philippines telecom operator’s mobile expertise with Rocket's global e-commerce and web services footprint.
Thursday, August 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe: Telecoms Firms Embrace Innovation to Survive

Source: AllAfrica

AS technological convergence redefines business models across nearly every industry, mobile telecommunications companies have shown a growing appetite for innovation in order to survive and thrive in a fast-paced and unpredictable environment.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile tech on the Africa health frontier

Source: Politico

Billions have been spent to bring AIDS medicines to patients in Africa, but a technology with just as much lifesaving potential can be had for pennies: the text message.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — South Asia

Smartphones, apps reshaping the health sector

Source: Times of India

WASHINGTON: Your smartphone is not only your best friend, it's also become your personal trainer, coach, medical lab and maybe even your doctor.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Health insurance comes to Nigeria through mobile phone subscriptions

Source: htxt

Quality healthcare is often out of reach for many living in rural areas, but MTN in Nigeria initiated as program together with Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to provide affordable healthcare to its subscribers in the country.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom move to open up M-pesa agent network seen to aid mobile money services

Source: PC Advisor

Safaricom's move last week to allow agents for its M-pesa mobile money service to work for rival operators is broadly being viewed as having the potential to further fuel the growth of such services.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gemalto, GSMA drive African mHealth initiative

Source: Biztechafrica

Gemalto has announced its partnership with (global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA1) to drive the pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI).
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya mobiles step up rivalry

Source: East African Business Week

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya’s lucrative mobile money transfer market is set for unprecedented competition following the entry of three additional telecoms operators with intention to have a piece of the sector’s billion shillings pie.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

mHealth initiative to curb infant and maternal fatalities in Kenya

Source: Africa Science News

In a bid to reduce the glaring rates of child and maternal deaths annually estimated at 6.6 million and 260,000 respectively, Sub Saharan-African states are set to launch a mobile phone text messaging service to educate masses on better health care and nutrition.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile health in Africa: MDiabetes program: Mobile technologies are catalysts for development

Source: Mareeg, Senegal,July 14, 2014/ – Alcatel-Lucent ( attended the ceremony for launching the m-Ramadan campaign, which originated from the mDiabetes program, in Dakar on June 16, 2014.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — South Asia

BlackBerry Up on Plans for New Healthcare Platform in India


Finally, things are shaping up well for Canadian handset manufacturer BlackBerry Limited. According to a report in Economic Times, Blackberry is planning to introduce a novel service platform designed to cater to the needs of the health care sector.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Connecting healthcare workers in rural Uganda with mobile technology

Source: Malaria Consortium

Malaria Consortium has encouraged the creation of parish coordinator roles as part of the integrated community case management (iCCM) programme in support of the Ugandan Ministry of Health’s village health team structure and as part of the inSCALE project in Uganda, which seeks to increase coverage of community health services. Acting as the link between village health team members (VHTs) and supervisors, the role of the parish coordinator facilitates the reporting, supervision and mobilisation processes, often through the use of mobile technology.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New mobile project to tackle malnutrition in Africa and Asia

Source: ILRI news

A CABI-led consortium has gained GSMA funding to help three million people access nutrition information using mobile technology.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom finally agrees to open up M-Pesa agent network

Source: ITWeb Africa

Mobile network Safaricom, which runs M-Pesa, has unexpectedly agreed to open up its agency network across the country to its rivals.
Monday, July 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa’s cashless future relies on localisation, not innovation

Source: memeburn

South Africa’s perceived ‘failure to launch’ in respect to mobile money needs to be put into a global context. In the latest MasterCard Mobile Payments Readiness Index, only four countries – Singapore, Canada, the US and Kenya – score higher than 40 out of a possible 100. The inflection point, according to the report, sits at 60, highlighting the fact that in most cases mobile payments has been a solution looking for a problem.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Zambian Government and IBM Provide Improved Access to Life Saving Drugs

Source: The Wall Street Journal

LUSAKA, Zambia, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health to provide citizens with improved access to 200 life saving drugs. Supported by the World Bank, the Department for International Development, UNICEF and London Business School, Zambia's Medical Stores Limited (MSL) will deploy a new medical supply chain pilot project using sophisticated analytics and mobile technologies to better manage medicine inventory and delivery.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cellphones Can Change Global Health for the Better

Source: US News

For two days this month, the United Nations Headquarters in New York hosted the invite-only Cavendish Global Impact Forum. Among the panel discussions was how to identify innovations with the potential for transformational impact on disease outcomes and ensure their successful integration into medical practice.
Friday, May 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Apps emerging new health tool

Source: Times of India

Mobiles may emerge as one of the best instruments to control heart diseases. A study done by a San Francisco-based cardiologist, who was born in Vile Parle and studied at KEM Hospital in Parel, was presented at the ongoing World Congress of Cardiology in Melbourne, showing how this can be done. E-health or the use of healthcare mobile applications could help manage the chronically sick in places where patients were poor or there were very few doctors, said a press release from the Congress.
Friday, April 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Mobile Tech is Changing Africa’s Landscape to Create Opportunities for Women

Source: women 2.0

For years analysts have said that “Africa is Rising,” but now it’s really happening. With an expanding population and steady economic growth, social enterprise in Africa is today seeing real returns on investment. This “double-bottom line” success — financial plus humanitarian gains — is drawing new attention to Africa to not only advance, but also yield change.
Friday, April 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Uber-Like Service Works Without A Smartphone And Calls You A Rickshaw

Source: Fast Co.Exist

Oddjobber is bringing the gig economy to feature phones in the developing world, allowing people who do all kinds of service and manual labor to bid for work.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobilium Global builds health Smartphone app for Africa

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Mobilium Global has architected and built the first android “Made For Africa” mobile health and wellness, free and free to use smartphone application for specific use by, for, and of Africans.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health app targets African users

Source: IT Web Africa

UK-based mobile strategy company Mobilium Global hopes to capitalise on smartphone penetration in Africa by launching the Smart Health application, to promote health and wellness among users on the continent.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

InVenture raises $1.2-million to help serve emerging markets’ underbanked

Source: ventureburn

InVenture is a credit score for anyone with a mobile phone. In order to expand its phone-based personal finance software, InSight, which generates financial identities and credit scores for the underbanked in South Asia and Africa, the startup has recently raised US$1.2-million.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Age of $25 Smartphones is Upon Us - and Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Give Them a Dial Tone

Source: Quartz

It’s day one of the Mobile World Congress, the big annual gathering of the mobile industry in Barcelona, and already the theme is clear: This is the year tech firms try to get the rest of the world online.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan Healthcare Tech Firm Showcased at Sankalp Africa Summit

Source: Human IPO

Kenyan healthcare technologies company MicroClinic Technologies has been named one of the top four high-impact small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa at the Sankalp Africa Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya.
Monday, February 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

An African messaging app could beat out WhatsApp, Line and WeChat in India

Source: Quartz

This is what 21st century globalization looks like: Mxit, an African company has just announced its intention to enter the Indian market, taking on established players from the US and newer contenders from China and Japan. Mxit makes a popular mobile messaging app and claims 7.4 million monthly active users, with just under a million of those outside South Africa.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

Did T-Mobile just pull an Android on U.S. banks?

Source: Vision Mobile

Operators have been trying for ages to launch mobile banking schemes hoping to create new revenue opportunities for themselves. T-Mobile’s latest attempt, dubbed Mobile Money, offers a refreshing new perspective on the space. Drawing on the playbook of innovators like Google and Amazon, T-Mobile uses two strategies that are indeed quite un-carrier-like.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Smartphone uptake boosts mobile banking

Source: Human IPO

The growing demand for smartphones, mass adoption of cashless services and hotspot services that provide free Wi-fi to customers has resulted in the expansion of the mobile wallet industry, according to a new report.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Technology rings in financial inclusion

Source: The Financial Express

Technology is powering inclusive growth, using mobile telephony to deliver financial literacy and access to small value financial transactions for those at the bottom of the pyramid.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 — South Asia

Kalam inaugurates tele-radiology unit at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai

Source: The Times of India

Patients who are rushed to hospital in times of emergency may not always be lucky enough to have the individual attention of a specialist. But with the 'tele-radiology project', an initiative of Apollo Hospitals, it may be possible.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Department of State to Host Google+ Hangout on How Young People Are Transforming the Health World

Source: US Department of State

Secretary Kerry’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman and CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush will participate in a Google+ Hangout on “How Young People Are Transforming the Health World” at 9:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, January 8.
Monday, January 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Most health and fitness mobile apps useless in Africa – HIFA2015

Source: HumanIPO

A large number of the mobile health and fitness apps used in Africa are useless in such low-resource settings, in spite of their rising popularity, according to Health Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015).
Saturday, January 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

South African trauma center launches portable electronic trauma health record application

Source: Science Codex

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become standard practice throughout hospitals in North America, but in countries with fewer resources many front-line clinicians are still collecting data on paper, if they are collecting it at all. But now, surgeons from Vancouver, British Columbia, have developed a way for their peers at a Level I trauma center in South Africa to accurately collect and analyze trauma care data via an iPad app.
Saturday, January 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mahiri Mobile Delivering Lifesaving Healthcare in Rural Ghana

Source: mHealth News

Doctors at hospitals in Tamale and Nsawam, Ghana, are delivering new levels of lifesaving healthcare to remote areas of the country without traveling to see patients in person. Mahiri Mobile Services of Accra has outfitted nurses in rural villages in with wireless tablets that deliver high quality, live medical-grade video(TM) back to the doctors in Tamale and Nsawam for medical advice.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why mHealth Alliance is moving to the Global South

Source: Devex

The company which champions the use of mobile technologies to improve health around the world will move its headquarters to South Africa.
Monday, December 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

Masimo and Newborn Foundation Jointly Announce Mobile Health Initiative to Reduce Global Newborn Mortality

Source: The Newborn Foundation

The Newborn Foundation’s BORN Project launches with new iSpO2 Rx mobile technology for early detection of health conditions in newborns in low-resource settings.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Open source can help the developing world, but it's not without challenges

Source: Engadget

Many see open source technology as an ideological tool -- a way to promote freedom in a world of closed, proprietary systems.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Apollo inks MoU with CSC to offer healthcare via telemedicine

Source: SmartInvestor

Apollo Hospitals Group today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Common Services Centers (CSC) Scheme of the government to deliver healthcare using telemedicine platform to patients in rural areas.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 — Asia Pacific

China’s Alipay mobile wallet app users have almost reached 100 million

Source: Global Times

China's largest e-payment company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Alipay Wednesday said that users of its "mobile wallet" app have reached nearly 100 million across the nation so far.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 — South Asia

Patient Data Company Commits to the Business Call to Action While Expanding Low-cost Mobile Health Services in India

Source: Business Call To Action

Company links health security with better medical outcomes
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobilium Smart Health app launched


Samsung and Mobilium Global have joined forces to distribute the Mobilium Smart Health app - a "Made For Africa" mobile health and wellness, smart device application.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 — South Asia

NewDigm: an example to be followed for improving healthcare in rural areas

Source: Your Story

Scientific paradigm is a recognized achievement which provides solution models to be followed by a specific community. That is exactly the role NewDigm is performing in the Indian rural healthcare landscape: by developing mobile-based Clinical Decision Support apps, real-time monitoring & tracking systems or training village health workers (VHW), they aim to be the new solution for democratizing access to quality and affordable healthcare through appropriate technology.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — South Asia

Strong signals for mobile banking

Source: Financial Express

With 840 million phones potentially competing against less than 85,000 bank branches, there is no doubt over mobile banking’s potential to accelerate financial inclusion.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

E-Bay to buy Braintree to boost PayPal's mobile presence

Source: Reuters

EBay Inc. will buy payments service Braintree Payments Solutions LLC for $800 million in cash, making a big bet to secure the pole position in the race to get consumers to pay for goods and services on smartphones.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Speed, convenience, safety: contactless payments’ role in mobile money transfer

Source: Venture Burn

With the steady introduction of contactless payment systems in parts of South Africa, a new wave of convenience for low-value transactions is becoming a reality.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bank? What bank? Orange, Visa and the changing face of Africa's mobile money

Source: ZD Net

While relatively few Africans have a bank account, companies are finding new ways to offer consumers bank-type services just using mobile devices.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 — South Asia

NextDrop Uses Big Data, Texting To Improve Water Distribution


The proliferation of mobile-supported business models in India is substantial. Given its ubiquity amongst lower-income groups, mobile technology is recognized as a maximum impact tool, particularly for grassroots data collection. This “tech” model of social entrepreneurship has become the norm not only in India, but also in other emerging markets throughout Asia, Africa and South America. Case in point: NextDrop, a social enterprise launched in 2011, is simplifying urban water collection in India. With its “Smart Grid ‘Lite’” solution, the enterprise collects and shares water delivery information with city residents and water utilities. In this way, efficiency and transparency are improved upon.
Friday, September 6, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Did Mobile Money Flop In Nigeria?

Source: Tech President

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.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyans transferred US$18.1 billion using mobile money in 2012

Source: HumanIPO

Mobile money transfer services continue to grow in Kenya, with transactions growing by 32.8 per cent to KSh1.538 trillion (US$18.1 billion) from KSh1.169 trillion (US$13.75 billion) in 2011.
Monday, July 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Eye on Emerging Markets, Firm Invests in Start-Up

Source: The New York Times

As the world awaited the next pope in March, Peter Bale, the vice president and general manager for digital at CNN International in London, wanted to know how Africans would react if the pope were from their continent. Instead of commissioning telephone pollsters or gleaning insights from social media, Mr. Bale used a mobile platform called Jana, which rewards users with free airtime if they take a survey.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Timeline: Smartphone-enabled health devices

Source: MobiHealth News

Mobile health has come a long way since the start of 2009 when Apple demonstrated on-stage at its World Wide Developer Conference how blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters could connect to the iPhone 3G via cables or Bluetooth. MobiHealth News has tracked smartphone-enabled health and fitness devices over the course of the past five years.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet The Entrepreneur Working To Challenge Nokia, Blackberry And Samsung In Africa

Source: Forbes

Alpesh Patel, a Ugandan-born entrepreneur, served as director of sales in Africa for Motorola before quitting the American telecommunications giant to launch Mi-Fone, an African mobile phone brand.
Monday, April 15, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Dalhberg Study shows how the Internet will drive development in Africa

Source: Press Release

Despite widespread agreement on the web’s potential to transform lives and reduce poverty, there is little information about how policymakers and investors should capitalize on this potential.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Mobile health: donors should follow, not lead

Source: The Guardian

No more preempting local demand with substandard products, the mHealth sector needs donors willing to learn from local actors and invest in sustainable business models.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 — Asia Pacific

S’pore firm and Mongolian government create ‘Medical Silk Road’ to improve healthcare with mobile technology

Source: SGEntrepreneurs

The Mongolian government has partnered with Singapore’s Borderless Healthcare Group to improve rural healthcare through the use of mobile technology. The initiative is dubbed the ‘Medical Silk Road’.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Handheld Poverty Fighters: Building the Killer Apps of Global Prosperity

Source: GOOD

Among many in the development space, connective technologies are either the cheat code to global prosperity or a false prophet obscuring the real challenges effecting the world’s poor. Officials as high-ranking as Secretary Hillary Clinton have called the spread of cheap cell phones and laptops a driving force against poverty even as many of their most promising applications are failing to deliver on scale.
Thursday, October 4, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How to boost adoption of mobile health care, by report

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

MORE doctors in developed and emerging markets have identified adoption of mobile technology in healthcare as an inevitable means to boost health care services.
Monday, September 24, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

LendmeMula introduces ZimSwitch enabled MulaConnect card

Source: TechZim

One of the issues with the LendmeMula micro-credit service that we have covered here before, is that so far borrowers have had to wait for up to 24 hours before they could access the borrowed money in their bank accounts. The money had to be transferred by Lendme to their bank accounts. This made the process somewhat slow, and where a borrower did not have a bank ATM card, they had to pray they could access their money before the banks closed their doors.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Grameen Foundation and eBay Foundation – A Mobile Commerce Approach to Poverty Alleviation

Source: Huffington Post

Recognizing the opportunity offered by this technology, Grameen Foundation and eBay Foundation began working together this summer to build solutions that address market challenges facing microentrepreneurs in Indonesia.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa’s best tech minds to meet at Indaba

Source: IT News Africa

Three years on, in every way that counts, Tech4Africa continues to be the premier mobile, web and emerging technology event, and this year’s conference promises to be no exception, congregating some of the best minds in ICT today and bringing a greater than ever breadth and depth of tech talks.
Thursday, August 23, 2012 — No Region Specified

An App For Boosting Social Enterprise Retailers

Source: Forbes

Here’s a good idea: Boosting social enterprise through a useful app. Specifically, one that helps like-minded customers find triple bottom line retailers in their area. Consumers who want to patronize such enterprises get easy access to information they probably wouldn’t know about otherwise. And businesses have an effective way to market their wares.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Rural banks partner with telcos to boost microfinance

Source: The Manila Times

Rural banks will soon have their own set of “killer apps” to better compete with bigger banks and, more importantly, expand their microfinance services in the Philippines.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 — No Region Specified

With $2M from Eric Schmidt, biNu brings smartphone apps to dumb phones

Source: GigaOM

Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures is leading a $2 million Series A round in biNu, an Australian startup that enables feature phones to run cloud-based smartphone apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and Google. BiNu highlights the opportunity in developing markets where smartphone penetration is low.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 — South Asia

Poor women to get mobile feeds on their financial info

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Poor women in Andhra Pradesh could soon get access to their financial transactions on mobile. About 90 lakh women members of self help Groups (SHGs) in Andhra Pradesh can look forward to this facility, thanks to a mobile book-keeping project being launched by the State Government.
Thursday, June 21, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Money: How Cell Phones Can Fight Hunger in the Sahel

Source: Huffington Post

Some five billion people worldwide were using mobile phones in 2010, according to the International Telecommunication Union, with the strongest growth taking place in developing countries. Africa is the fastest growing mobile market. In the past six years, the industry estimates that the number of subscribers has grown nearly 20 percent each year. At this rate, we can expect to see some 735 million cell phone users in Africa by the end of 2012.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Grameen Foundation, KfW and CARE's Access Africa Fund Invest in World's First 100% Mobile Microfinance Institution

Source: PR Newswire/Market Watch

Grameen Foundation, KfW and CARE's Access Africa Fund announced they have each purchased a 25 percent stake in Musoni Kenya, the first microfinance institution to provide financial services to the poor entirely via mobile phones. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, it provides microloans largely to people who are underserved by the formal financial sector. This investment will help Musoni Kenya grow its operations, deepen its penetration in rural areas where financial inclusion is lowest, and pave the way for it to receive a license to accept savings deposits from the Central Bank of Kenya.
Thursday, May 10, 2012 — South Asia

New Apps for the Bottom Billion

Source: Technology Review

When it comes to mobile communications, there's still a lot of room for innovation at the bottom. In Bangalore, India, researchers from the University of Toronto and Microsoft are now imagining new business models for the world's poorest phone owners by adapting a little-known protocol that can receive pictures as bitmapped text messages. The technology could readily be used in the roughly 1.5 billion low-end Nokia and Samsung phones in circulation.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 — Latin America

In Chile’s Slums, A Lesson in How to Make Apps for Social Good

Source: The Washington Post

How many of the hundreds of thousands of mobile phone applications seek to do truly great things, such as lift people out of poverty or improve health care for the poor?
Friday, February 17, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Quiet Revolution in Social Impact

Source: PandoDaily

There are currently 30 million African migrants who have left their home countries to find work elsewhere. They support more than 300 million people in their home countries, remitting essential food and goods, and in aggregate represent more than $10b in annual economic activity. This is an economy without an infrastructure, however, relying on informal channels and bribes to function. South African entrepreneur Suzana Moreira is working to change that. Her startup moWozauses SMS to help African migrants order, pay for, and select a place for parcel pickup.
Monday, February 13, 2012 — No Region Specified

The Future of mHealth: Mobile Phones Improve Care in Developing World

Source: Forbes

People in developing nations depend on mobile phones to access health services and prevent disease, as mobile technology creates a platform for improving healthcare in remote, underserved areas.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 — No Region Specified

Are Mobile Solutions Overhyped?

Source: CNN

Are mobiles just another high-tech solution to what are essentially systemic and deeply rooted problems? Are mobile solutions for combating global poverty overhyped?
Monday, January 31, 2011 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Booting Up Tanzania With Help From Google

Source: Fast Company

When Joshua Stern, a graduate of Stanford with a degree in computer science, served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania from 2006 to 2007, one thing soon became clear. "The major takeaway there," he tells Fast Company , "was that the best development work being done was being done by these local groups, community-based organizations." The small groups were often the most effective--yet they had no web presence, no effective way to communicate with other small NGOs or to raise f...
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