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Closing the Digital Divide to Reduce Poverty


September 29, 2013

Doug Hadden, VP Products

I’ve been reflecting on the “brown bag lunch” that I attended on Friday at the Center for Global Development [storified below]. Most of the attendees seemed more interested in the logistics of the Twaweza study of using free mobile phones to survey poor people in Tanzania. Most seemed to be involved in operational work of this nature and trying to see how this could be applied in other contexts.

My sense is that this might represent another signpost in enabling the poor. Many observers believe that the dropping price of technology and bandwidth has enabled middle classes but not necessarily the poor (in a substantial way). Yet it seems that the price drop in technology now makes development programs far less expensive than traditional methods even when you give the technology away. Less expensive, more effective?

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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