Articles by Nisha Kumar Kulkarni
With pay-as-you-go plans being relatively inexpensive, the poor in both rural and urban settings are able to afford the conveniences of a basic mobile phone. They can use their mobile phone to take care of business-related activities, and to access a growing number of mobile applications that make routine tasks (like personal banking) less cumbersome. For the urban poor in particular, mobile technology has become a useful tool in daily life.
Nearly one-third of India’s urban citizens live in crowded informal settlements or slum communities. UN-HABITAT has estimated that by the year 2020, India’s total slum population will cross 200 million people. With poor access to clean water and adequate sanitation, the urban poor can be even worse off than their rural counterparts. Yet though the Indian government recognizes these health care challenges, it has struggled to find a solution.
- Health Care
Uncorking Bottled Light: A Study In Energy Access, Acceptance: A pilot project is testing solar ‘bottle’ lamps to curb illegal energy usage
Traditionally, slum dwellings are dark, one-room structures with no window or passage through which sunlight can enter. As a consequence, slum residents end up using illegal electricity lines to power light bulbs in their homes. In Dhaka, this illegal consumption amounts to approximately 275MW of electricity per year. Sajid Iqbal, a budding entrepreneur and environmental science and management student, sees a market opportunity.