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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

Motivation

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.

Partners
  • USAID
  • Blum Center for Developing Economies
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Initiatives

Cash Benchmarking

CEGA is partnering with USAID and GiveDirectly to develop new methods for comparing traditional development programming to a benchmark of cost-equivalent digital cash...

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

Technology

Using Cell Phone Based Microscopy to Diagnose Schistosomiasis In Cote d'Ivoire

Daniel Fletcher | Côte d'Ivoire
Technology

Studying the Use of Mobile Money Platforms Among Savings Groups in Rwanda 

Mercyline Kamande | Rwanda
Technology

GridWatch Phase II

Catherine Wolfram | Ghana
Data Science for DevelopmentTechnology

Low-Cost Air Pollution Monitoring

Engineer Bainomugisha | Uganda
Global NetworksInstitutions & GovernanceTechnology

Internet Crime in Ekiti State, Nigeria

Temitope Edward Akinyemi and Mike Omilusi | Nigeria
Health & PsychologyTechnologyWork & Education

Can Biometric Tracking of Attendance Reduce Health Worker Absenteeism?

Aleksandra Jakubowski | Uganda
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Technology Resources

Data Science for DevelopmentTechnology

Global Poverty Map

Datasets & Registries & Replications   |   Technology
Technology

Open Nighttime Lights | Geo4Dev Tutorials

Datasets & Registries & Replications   |   Technology
Technology

Deforestation and Land Cover | Geo4Dev Tutorials

Datasets & Registries & Replications   |   Technology
Technology

Global Subway Systems | Geo4Dev Tutorials

Datasets & Registries & Replications   |   Technology
Data Science for DevelopmentTechnology

Machine Learning and Mobile Phone Data Can Improve the Targeting of Humanitarian Assistance

Working Paper   |   Technology
Data Science for DevelopmentFinancial InclusionTechnology

Micro-Estimates of Wealth for all Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Working Paper   |   Financial Inclusion
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