Mobile technology provides tools and connections that enhance the lives of those who have this access. With the introduction of smartphones and tablet computers, there has been a sea change in the way people access and share information. Brookings experts study the impact mobile technology has on the public and private sectors, looking at ways to increase efficiency and innovation.
A man holds up his mobile phone showing a M-Pesa mobile money transaction page for the photographer at an open air market in Kibera in Kenya's capital Nairobi December 31, 2014. Safaricom, Kenya's biggest telecoms firm, is a model of how technology can be used to financially include millions of people with mobile telephones but without access to traditional infrastructure such as the banks that are available to the wealthy or those living in cities. Safaricom in 2007 pioneered its M-Pesa mobile money transfer technology, now used across Africa, Asia and Europe. It proved that money can be made from people who earn a few dollars a day.
Taking Down the (Entry) Barriers to Digital Financial Inclusion
January 22, 2015, Ignacio Mas
For all of the promise that digital financial systems have for lowering costs and helping people all over the globe, it is unfortunate that their development is hampered by regulation that protects the interests of the largest providers. These regulations create significant barriers and raise the total costs to achieve universal financial inclusion.
January 6, 2015, Joshua Bleiberg and Darrell M. West
January 2, 2015, Thiemo Fetzer and Amadou Sy
How Wireless Technology is Reshaping Our Lives
2014, Darrell M. West
December 10, 2014
December 9, 2014, Darrell M. West and Seda Cakmak
November 12, 2014, Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Jake Kendall and Cameron F. Kerry
October 29, 2014, Mwangi S. Kimenyi
September 25, 2014, Jenny C. Aker
September 15, 2014, Joshua Bleiberg and Darrell M. West
September 10, 2014, Darrell M. West
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