All eyes have been on Asia for several reasons, including President Trump’s recent visit to the region. Last week we…

Mobile network operators (MNOs) get a lot of requests for their data, including from development organizations who want to use…

With the rising popularity of connected devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, competition is well underway to get…

A few years ago, we discussed the value of well-designed national ID systems – particularly those with biometric features and…

Perceptive readers may notice that the Nugget alternates between a corporate and a philanthropy edition. Subscribers are almost equally weighted,…

At recent digital health conferences in Geneva and Washington, DC, representatives from African countries (Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Senegal, and…

It’s been a curious year for social media and content sharing companies. Business is good, ad revenues and user numbers…

Recall the term coefficient from middle-school algebra. It’s one of those things people can’t really define, but they know it…

Uber is reportedly hiring for a 22-country expansion of its food delivery service, UberEats. The ride-hailing company brings some clear…

The term “stakeholder” is a standard element of most development project proposals and evaluations, though it’s seldom defined. Usually, the…

A robotics company has taken over 1,000 orders for a $2500 robot that can provide medication reminders, call family and…

Sometimes, the sheer complexity of a new technology can be off-putting. “Blockchain,” for example, isn’t nearly as sexy as drones…

Devex recently reported on the early progress of a three-year project to increase enrollment and improve learning outcomes for girls…

When the WHO-ITU National eHealth Strategy Toolkit was published in 2012, its timeliness and utility was quickly recognized by government…

The global garment and textile industries generate $3 trillion in revenues annually and employ an estimated 60-75 million people –…

It’s not hard to see the opportunity in mega-markets like India and China. That probably accounts for the public travails…

By now, the statistics are familiar to anyone who’s interested in gender issues. GSMA estimates that 1.7 billion women in…

In 2013, the Economist blamed “a lack of political resolve” for India’s persistent economic weakness, arguing the country “is unlikely…

Really, who wouldn’t want a real-life tricorder? In the original Star Trek series, there were three variations of the device…

Complex development challenges cause a lot of ICT4D conversations and activities to skew toward Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, relegating…

Social media is all over the news lately. In the last few weeks, Ugandan officials blocked all social media apps…

Nigerian Man travels (at great expense) to the nearest medical facility. He is diagnosed with Disease X. Nigerian Man is…

“Embrace Failure” blogs and failure-focused meet-ups are often formulaic: cite some examples of people who frequently failed (Edison, Ford, Einstein,…

In the classic “2001: A Space Odyssey,” proto-humans take a marked evolutionary step when they wake up to find a…

One might be tempted to say that the issue of climate change is snowballing – growing to the point that…

A lot of smart people are sharing their thoughts about digital technologies and the value of the data they yield….

A few weeks ago, British researchers announced they had developed an HIV self-test that allows people to learn their HIV…

After the derivatives-fueled recession starting in 2007, the prevailing narrative was that emerging markets were resilient, impervious economic machines that…

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for the development community. Of course, headlines were dominated by the UN’s adoption…

Sure, millions of people in developing countries are upgrading their old feature phones for smartphones. And they’re getting online in…

Nurses in several Kenyan counties went on strike recently, the latest in a series of work stoppages that have closed…

This has been the year of international trade agreements. President Obama won fast-track authority from Congress, allowing him to push…

National identification systems come in many flavors. Roughly 60% of nations have some form of national ID card, but the…

A recent Nugget considered some of the latest innovations that would be clearly useful in emerging markets, but were being…

Jane Donor went trekking in Nepal a few years ago, and the place left a magical impression. After the recent…

Last summer, Google introduced its developmental drone delivery system, “Project Wing,” with a video showing a dog food air drop…

The shelf life on the Millennium Development Goals has nearly expired, and the effort to define the next set of…

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the proverbial genie clapped his hands and put an Internet-capable mobile phone in the hands…

Among the world’s most influential foundations (Gates, Rockefeller, Grameen, etc.), there’s little doubt that digital financial services are a benefit…

Back in 2003, when the iPod was two years old and Apple launched iTunes, a few prescient observers in the…

All eyes were on the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. The annual event has become a critical showcase…

Partnerships can be minefields. But what do you do when crossing a minefield is the only way to get where…

Anyone paying attention to the news can be forgiven for feeling that things have been moving really fast lately. In…

As articles on Myanmar (or Burma) pop up in the news like so many mushrooms, there was some debate about…

Last week, Adobe quietly announced it would close its R&D center in China due to rampant software piracy, a strategic…

Flowminder, a non-profit based in Sweden, was lauded last month when they partnered with Orange Telecoms to release illustrated data…

Which area of the world boasts seven of the top 10 fastest growing economies since 2011? Latin America – nope….

If MobiThinking’s “Insider’s Guide to mobile Web marketing in India” is accurate, 90% of the country’s mobile subscribers have voted…

Two seemingly unrelated announcements were made by a couple of tech industry heavyweights – Apple and (eBay’s) PayPal. Apple extended…

Let’s face it. For all the success stories, the uplifting anecdotes about plucky women making a living with their mobile…

As emerging-market consumers enthusiastically adopt online and mobile-based purchasing, we can see the early moves in what will likely be…

Measurement was a hot topic at the Council on Foundations’ annual conference last week in Washington D.C. As data and…

First came machines, then came machines that talk. Up next, machines that talk to each other. Consider the automobile, which…

The US National Climate Assessment and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) both recently signaled a heightened sense…

What are the basic tools in your personal financial toolbox? Cash, of course. A debit card tied to a checking…

At the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg urged operators to offer unlimited, low-cost service bundles, in…

When your standard marching orders are to grow the company’s emerging market business, what’s to be done with sudden political…

From November 2013 to February 2014, Richard Heeks at ICT4D published a series of nuanced and well-cited analyses of the…

800 million people is a respectable market opportunity. Okay, it’s more than respectable – it’s really big. But when gauging…

As any student of history will tell you, the surest way to lose a war is to fight on two…

Despite the raging success of M-Pesa in Kenya, the spread of mobile payments in neighboring countries has been more restrained….

Attending the BSR conference in San Francisco recently, an annual gathering of corporate sustainability professionals, got us thinking about how…

Ekocenter. Stare at the word for a while and you still might not see the cleverly hidden moniker of one…

Sometimes, all you have to do to see the future of business in emerging markets is walk out the door…

When Facebook and friends announced the creation of Internet.org a few weeks ago, with the stated aim of bridging the…

The Economist is the latest to serve up lukewarm Emerging Market news after a decades-long buffet with all the gluttonous…

This week, Vital Wave’s CEO was in a head-on car collision with a Ugandan boda boda (or scooter). Amazingly, everyone…

Analyzing data in emerging markets used to be fairly easy. Of course, that’s because there were little or no data…

When a small town government on the New Jersey shore wanted to build protective sand dunes along the Atlantic coast,…

A program officer in Africa collects performance data on a pilot project, hoping to secure growth funding. An NGO wants…

Big data is to analytics what surgery is to health – it’s not always necessary. But in our hyper-connected world,…

mHealth, the delivery of health-related services via mobile communication devices, is fast becoming an essential component of global health. The…

A Vital Wave employee spending the holidays with a family in Latin America noted that several family members had second-hand,…