Why Are Women Less Likely to Own a Phone?

By Katie Highet, Technical Advisor, mSTAR, FHI 360 and Jonathan Dolan, Digital Inclusion Team Lead, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAIDMuch has been written about the gender gap in mobile phone usage, specifically on why women are less likely to have access to this technology than men; why women are less likely to be technically literate … Continued

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Women’s empowerment? Not without men

By Revi Sterling, Chief of Party, Global Broadband and Innovations AllianceThere would not be women on the web in Matete if not for the men.Matete is rural, in a county in Kenya that has enjoyed significant development attention. It is not very conservative, nor is it a place where women are absent from public life. Women … Continued

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Empowering women with Digital Financial Services

Sophie Romana (left) and Shelley Spencer (right) report back from the June 8 high level roundtable organized by NetHope and USAID, which brought together mobile banking and gender champions to reflect on how Digital Financial Services (“DFS”) can galvanize women’s empowerment.Women’s empowerment is often measured by their access to resources and ability to make decisions over how … Continued

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Why Thinking Beyond International Women’s Day Is So Important

By Revi SterlingWhile America doesn’t celebrate International Women’s Day like we do Mother’s Day, or even Women’s History Month, one scan through Facebook reveals that the rest of the world does. Policemen giving female drivers flowers and men’s chorale groups singing to women just passing by give us encouragement that women are recognized (and recognizable) on this day. However, … Continued

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Wishful Thinking and Trickle-Down Technology

ICTD practitioners are afflicted with severe confirmation bias. Most of us started in this field thinking that technology was the panacea for global poverty and still hold on to that philosophy even after books and pundits and experience have demonstrated that technology is a tool, a means – not a solution…

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