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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.

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  • 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

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
Technology

Village Base Station (VBTS)


Kurtis Heimerl | Indonesia
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Technology Resources

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
TransparencyTechnology

Using Satellite Imagery and Deep Learning to Evaluate the Impactof Anti-Poverty Programs


Working Paper   |   Technology
Technology

Briefing on Exploring the use of Mobile Money Services among Tea SACCOs in Rwanda: Challenges and Opportunities


Reports & Policy Briefs   |   Technology
Technology

Exploring the Use of Mobile Money Services among Tea SACCOs in Rwanda: Challenges and Opportunities


Research Publications   |   Technology
Data Science for DevelopmentTechnology

GiveDirectly with CEGA | data.org Challenge awardee


Technology
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