May 22, 2018
Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability identifies innovations that create stable incomes and build more inclusive economies for poor and vulnerable people
A version of this announcement was also posted to FHI 360’s website here.
(May 22) Bangkok, Thailand — The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability, published today by international NGO FHI 360 with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, highlights exciting new innovations that are helping to create economic stability in the changing global marketplace. The Atlas is the result of a global research and crowdsourcing effort, and features more than sixty innovations from around the world that help individuals, households, communities, and countries survive and prosper even in the face of economic volatility.
It presents profiles of innovators and entrepreneurs, and offers recommendations for how global development partners can support […]
May 4, 2018
Using biometrics and blockchain technology, iRespond provides personal identification to vulnerable populations
The inability to positively match a person to their identity is one of the most fundamental barriers to the delivery of humanitarian services. For refugees and other vulnerable people who lack documentation of their births, health history, education, or any record to prove their basic personhood, accessing aid, establishing a life in another country or returning to their country of origin may not be possible.
A Seattle-headquartered technology solutions nonprofit called iRespond has created a proprietary process that combines biometrics with blockchain technology to provide such individuals with a unique identity (UNiD), which enables them to receive healthcare, education and financial inclusion services. iRespond’s identity solutions capture the body’s own signature – namely the unique signature of the iris […]
April 26, 2018
The Modelo Perú initiative was introduced in 2016 to provide an interoperable nationwide digital payments platform, called BiM (Billetera Móvil), to extend financial services to the over 70% of Peruvians who lack access to the formal financial sector, or approximately 10 million unbanked or underbanked people. It also aims to significantly reduce transaction costs for financial service providers and other businesses through the use of mobile money instead of cash. Led by the Peruvian Bankers Association (ASBANC), Modelo Perú is a collaboration among the country’s largest commercial banks and financial institutions, its four telecom companies, and microfinance organizations, most of which already had their own individual Point-of-Sale (POS) networks and electronic wallets to facilitate transactions. Modelo Perú connected […]
April 19, 2018
The Stability Innovation Atlas team, led by FHI 360 and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, will release their finished product in Spring 2018. The complete Atlas will feature economic stability-enhancing innovations that empower the world’s poor and vulnerable people in managing and investing with confidence in their future. We will be profiling several innovators and innovations that were identified during the research and crowd-sourcing process over the coming weeks and months.
Jordan ranks highly for gender equality in human development indicators such as health and education. Yet women’s participation rates in the formal labor force are among the lowest regionally. Unable to find employment in the formal sector, most women in Jordan run businesses informally from home. However, these home-based businesses (HBBs) have been hindered […]