There’s an App for That Bureaucrat: Technology might be a solution to over-prescribing higher-priced drugs
The author says that in almost all countries that he's visited as a World Bank pharmaceutical expert, the costs for medicines reimbursement keep growing year over year at a much higher pace than overall health expenditures. He thinks technology might offer a way to disrupt that cycle.
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Tablets + Smartphones = Easier Microloans?: New Accion case study explores use of digital field applications by microfinance banks
Providing micro financial services often involves manual processes which limit the potential for scaling up and expose clients to poor service, errors and fraud. That's why many microfinance banks are increasing the use of tablets, smartphones and other digital tools among loan officers and other staff. Accion has published a case study aiming to provide some clarity on the impact of these devices.
Self-funding comes with challenges. When your business is strapped for cash, things go slower; you don’t have money to take care of unforeseen problems; it's hard to hire people. But the co-founder of SmartPrac says those things can be overcome and, at the end of the day, money's not the most important part of successful entrepreneurship.
Why a Common Platform is Within Reach: Mobile finance and the emergence of a comprehensive ICT4D mHub platform?
Currently there are numerous applications but they are not synced with each other. What is truly needed (and possible) is a comprehensive mHub type of platform that is multi-sectoral (e.g. agriculture, health, education, etc.) and multi-functional.
Interest is growing in the topic of “interoperability” in mobile money and its potential impact for the nascent sector. A handful of deployments, such as in Indonesia and more recently in Tanzania, have garnered attention. Amitabh Saxena, who led mobile money at MasterCard in Latin America, and Selma Ribica, who leads interoperability strategy at Vodafone’s global M-Pesa team, provide nuance on some of the industry perspectives currently being advocated.
The Trouble with Over-the-Counter Digital Finance: Powerful agents and fractured markets cause challenges in Pakistan
Pakistan is easily one of the top five leading digital finance markets in the world, and also one of the least understood. The country adopted an Over-the-Counter methodology, in which transactions are executed by the agent as opposed to the customer over a mobile wallet platform. But according to the Helix Institute, this approach has caused significant challenges for the industry.
Gender Mobility: A deeper dive into female-friendly business, economic programs harnessing cell technology
Women are 21 percent less likely to own a phone than a man in developing nations.The mobile development community is aware of this gender gap and has kickstarted a number of programs to help. Global Envision profiles a few of the mobile providers that are ahead of the game with female-targeted programs.
Specialist Eye Care, Anywhere: Vula Mobile app enables rural health workers to conduct eye tests, consultations
The Vula app was developed when Dr. William Mapham, an ophthalmologist working in rural Swaziland, noted that poor communication between hospitals and outlying clinics meant that patients were often not referred to the eye clinic when they should have been.