Haiti’s Mobile Money Revolution
(The Root) — NPR reported over the weekend on a development in Haiti’s slow earthquake recovery: “mobile money” networks that allow cell phones to serve as debit cards, and more. In a country where we use Smartphone apps for everything from Twitter to “Words With Friends” to photography, this might not seem too exciting. But in the earthquake-ravaged nation, it’s huge. In fact, USAID has handed over millions of dollars to help get these systems up and running because they’ll allow aid groups to distribute food vouchers electronically, saving valuable time and resources.