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By merging insights from engineering and the social sciences, we can harness the power of technology to connect people with opportunities while minimizing economic disruption and digital divides.

CEGA Work Sector - Technology


Economic growth and wellbeing are increasingly driven by technological advances–from big-data, mobile computing and automation, to digital connectivity and the creation of new infrastructure. These innovations are transforming access to information, labor markets, human capital development, and productivity across the world, particularly in low-income countries. CEGA works across disciplines and sectors to design, evaluate, and support potential high-impact technologies that empower the poor and grow economies. Research competitions fund proposals in every stage of the innovation life cycle, resulting in a portfolio of projects at the cutting edge of energy infrastructure, the internet of things, microscopy, artificial intelligence and more.

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Development Impact Lab

The Development Impact Lab (DIL), launched in 2012 with the support of USAID, supports the basic scientific research, prototyping, scaling, and rigorous impact evaluation for technologies for development. DIL established the new field of Development Engineering, integrating insights from development economics to bolster the impact of advanced technological innovations being deployed in developing countries and has supported more than 100 research projects in more than 35...

Technology Research

Data & MeasurementFinancial InclusionTechnology

Impact Credit Scoring for Women’s Empowerment

Joshua Blumenstock

The Impact of Formal Mechanization Access on Agricultural Productivity and Informal Rental Markets

Namrata Kala
AgricultureEnergy & EnvironmentTechnology

Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Practices Through Rental Markets

Seema Jayachandran

Connecting Farmers to Markets through a Marketing App

Jeremy Magruder
Global NetworksFinancial InclusionTechnologyWork & Education

Can gender blinding policies promote female entrepreneurship? The role of discrimination and access to capital

Ketki Sheth
Data & MeasurementInstitutions & GovernanceTechnology

Measuring the Effect of Technological Improvements and Compliance Nudges on Property Taxes

Marc Gurgand
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Technology Resources

Data & MeasurementTechnology

Monitoring Human Settlements from Space - Brittany Zajic (Geo4Dev 2018)

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FEMA's Hurricane Incident Journal - Madeline Jones (Geo4Dev 2018)

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Predicting crop yields and malnutrition with remote sensing data - Lillian Peterson (Geo4Dev 2018)

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Satellite based flood mapping to build resilience - Jeff Ho (Geo4Dev 2018)

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Community Based Rangeland Management and Climate Change Resilience - Dylan Groves (Geo4Dev 2018)

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Opening Remarks - Christopher Vaughan (Geo4Dev 2018)

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