The Economist examines Grameen Foundation's AppLab initiative as part of its special report on "telecoms in emerging markets." David Edelstein, director of GF's ICT Innovation program, and Eric Cantor, GF's ICT Innovation AppLab director, discuss how cell phones open the door to a variety of services that benefit poor people.
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In Kenya, microfinance institution Jamii Bora is building and selling homes to former residents of Nairobi's slums. In this Seattle Times article, GF president Alex Counts discusses this new venture as an example of microfinance being used as a platform for providing non-financial and other services to poor people.
Grameen Health Trust has announced a new collaboration with Cure2Children of Italy to create a bone marrow transplantation center to treat thalassemia, a blood disorder that results in excessive destruction of red blood cells and anemia. In this Daily Star article, Professor Muhammad Yunus discusses the importance of the new center to Bangladeshis.
In this Boston Globe article, GF president Alex Counts discusses the role microenterprise can play in generating economic activity and revitalization in low-income communities in the U.S.
In this Thomas Friedman op-ed in the New York Times, Eric Cantor, manager of GF's AppLab operations in Uganda, explains the huge impact access to cellphones and the internet can have on the lives and livelihoods of those living in poor African communities.
GF is one of the featured organizations in this Forbes magazine piece which hightlights jobs that allow you to "make the work a better place."
During her seven-nation tour of Africa, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, together with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Kenya's Minister for Agriculture William Ruto. In her speech, Secretary Clinton cited Grameen Foundation’s recent collaboration with Google and MTN Uganda as an example of innovations that can meet some of the challenges facing African agriculture.