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The Community Corps

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In survey after survey, U.S. nonprofits identify technology as one of their most critical needs. However, 40% of the 1.5 million U.S. based nonprofits, which serve tens of millions of Americans, continue to say they lack sufficient technology to serve their constituents. Used well, technology...

Smart Communications: Low-cost Money Transfers for Overseas Filipino Workers

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A leading wireless telephone services provider in the Philippines, Smart Communications, Inc. recognized that at least 8 million Filipinos work and live abroad—about a quarter of the domestic labour force. In 2005, Filipino workers overseas sent $10.7 billion in remittances, with at least as much...

Technology to Fight Human Trafficking: Microsoft Awards Research Grants

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In June 2012, Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit announced the winning applications for research to “advance deeper understanding of the role of technology in human trafficking,” particularly as it relates to the child sex trade. A grant of US$185,000 will be distributed among...

Microsoft donates PhotoDNA technology to help fight child porn

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The American multinational corporation and one of the world’s most valuable companies, Microsoft, in collaboration with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has innovated a New Image DNA Technology to fight against child abuse.

Human TraffickingHandbook: Recognising Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery in the UK

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The Human Trafficking Handbook, edited and sold by NexisLexis, is an essential anthology of opinion and analysis written by experienced, passionate professionals who play a vital role in today’s fight against modern-day slavery. This unique collection of original essays seeks to meet that need...

Microcredit from Grameen Bank in Bangladesh: Phone ladies

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In partnership with ITU (the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies), the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh has brought mobile phone services to the most isolated villages. Poor rural women now operate small businesses providing public call services to their...

Sarkission Mason

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Sarkissian Mason is a digital innovation agency which believes in the power of enganging ideas with technology. At the beginning of 2012, Sarkissian Mason offered a $100,000 grant to a nonprofit working in the anti-trafficking space. The founder and chief executive decided to combine the...

WIZZIT reaching the Unbanked of South Africa

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It is estimated that 40 percent of South Africa's 45 million population are un-banked or under-banked. However, nearly 60 percent of South Africans have mobile phones. The proliferation of mobile services worldwide has created a unique opportunity to provide social and financial services over the...

Vodafone and Safaricom Kenya: Extending the Range and Reliability of Financial Services to the Poor in Rural Kenya

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Kenya has fewer than 2 million bank accounts serving 32 million people. To bridge the gap, Safaricom Kenya, one of two mobile service providers in Kenya, developed a technological solution in partnership with Vodafone. The result was MPESA, an electronic money transfer product to make financial...

Strategic partnerships improve child health in Mali

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Pésinet, devised in 2002 by Brussels-based Afrique Initiatives, is an early warning method for monitoring the health conditions of children from low-income families. Its concept is simple: mothers subscribe to Pésinet’s services for a nominal fee, and in return a local Pésinet representative weighs...