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Afford Two, Eat One: Understanding Motivations for Spending and Saving

In March this year a team from Myanmar-based Proximity Designs, frog and strategy consultancy Studio D Radiodurans mapped the changing financial landscape in Myanmar. Over the two month project — funded by the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion — we explored the diverse financial landscape for the poor in Myanmar and uncovered the nuances of income and loan cycles

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How Research Can Banish Water and Food Scarcity

This week – water is on our lips. It’s a vital resource we all need to live, whether it’s to drink, to nourish the crops we eat, or to power the technologies we rely on. The way in which we try to pull water in these three directions—known as the water-food-energy nexus—is the center of discussion this week, at World Water Week in Stockholm.

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Your Ideas Needed: The Grand Challenge of Digital Financial Inclusion

Grand Challenge Exploration for financial inclusion to promote widespread adoption of digital payments among merchant and service providers.

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Grand Challenges Explorations: Bold Ideas From Around the World to Improve and Save Lives

Through Grand Challenges, we work with our partners to support bold ideas from around the world that have the power to improve and save lives. We’re excited to announce that GCE is now accepting applications for six topics through November 12, 2014.

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Jarring Numbers on Financial Inclusion Point to Opportunities for Digitizing Payments

New World Bank report for the G20 finds clear evidence that digital payments can reduce cost and increase the security of sending and receiving payments, and help progress towards the goal of broader financial inclusion for economies of all sizes, for governments, and for millions of people not included in the financial system - especially women.

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Sri Lanka Brings Technology to Rural Residents

The Sri Lankan government's e-Library Nenasala program is bridging the digital divide and bringing technology to the people who need it most.

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