Laurence Chandy is a fellow in the Global Economy and Development program and the Development Assistance and Governance Initiative. His research focuses on global poverty, fragile states and aid effectiveness. | View Full Bio

  • In the News

    EcoCash, [a mobile wallet technology in Zimbabwe], has been able to take advantage of [the country's reliance on the U.S. dollar] by providing an alternative medium of exchange from physical dollars. When payments are made at stores, change can be provided in the form of an airtime top-up or mobile money.

    January 22, 2014, Laurence Chandy,
  • In the News

    The poor living in middle income countries, do have some advantages. They’re living in economies that are moving fast. So even if the poor are poor today, there’s probably fairly good prospects that they won’t be poor in five to ten years time, or their children won’t be poor.

    January 3, 2014, Laurence Chandy, Marketplace
  • In the News

    It’s a much cruder attempt to obtain [Gallup's self-reported household income data], and yet the results seem broadly in the same range [as the World Bank's]. So it seems that we can assume rough and ready estimates through a much less laborious process.

    December 23, 2013, Laurence Chandy, Al Jazeera English
  • Podcast

    Ending Extreme Global Poverty

    November 8, 2013

  • In the News

    Mobile money is a disruptive technology which sits somewhere in between telecommunications and the banking sector. In weak regulatory environments, deployments are able to take advantage of this ambiguity by avoiding the kind of oversight they would normally be subject to.

    November 1, 2013, Laurence Chandy,
  • In the News

    Aid agencies tend to jump in to help countries, duplicating efforts and complicating matters for governments that have limited capacity to deal with so many organizations.

    June 15, 2013, Laurence Chandy, Reuters
  • In the News

    Unless growth goes through the roof, it is not possible to maintain the trend rate of poverty reduction with so many fewer individuals ready to cross the line.

    May 30, 2013, Laurence Chandy, The Economist
  • In the News

    [A large group of people are currently hovering near the $1.25-a-day poverty line.] It is a dismal reflection of human progress, but it also has an upside. The potential for further poverty reduction over the immediate future is there for the taking.

    May 9, 2013, Laurence Chandy, Washington Post
  • In the News

    M-Paisa has made a big contribution toward eliminating corruption and theft in Afghanistan’s public sector. It fundamentally changes what it means to be poor.

    March 2, 2013, Laurence Chandy, TIME
  • In the News

    Within as little as three years, almost all adults in Kenya were banked; they were using [mobile money.] This is in a country where around two-thirds of people live below $2 a day and typically don’t have access to formal financial services.

    November 22, 2012, Laurence Chandy, Voice of America

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