Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I'm working from Maputo, Mozambique on this U.S. Memorial Day. Today I've been talking to humanitarian demining groups about our proposed mine detector. Last week in South Africa I was discussing adaptive technology for the blind and software for human rights groups. Our Martus human rights software was just covered today by the San Jose Mercury News in an article entitled Software Helps Rights Groups Protect Sensitive Information. Martus is continuing to grow and expand in its impact

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In Mozambique, for example, a recent study showed that using just 1GB of data can cost well over two months’ wages for the average citizen. Time to catch up on some nonprofit technology trends and news again!

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Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I am just back from the Africa Economic Summit in Mozambique. I was very impressed with President Chissano, the former Marxist revolutionary who is stepping down next year after leading his country for 18 years. His embrace of business development, reform, and advancing the interests of his people made quite an impression on me. He also has a terrific sense of humor. I usually doze off when politicians start their pre-programmed speeches: Chissano was riveting and real.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Earlier this year, I remember buying roasted cashews from a woman on the street in Maputo, Mozambique, who had her wares balanced on her head. I had a rewarding time at the WRI Bottom of the Pyramid Conference last week. The basic concept was that business can help the 5 billion people at the bottom of the economic pyramid. My takeaway is something that many people has pointed out: that the cell phone has become an incredible engine of change for the poor.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I was interested enough in learning more to take off for a tour of facilities in Maputo the next afternoon, hosted by the Catholic Community of Saint'Egidio , a group well known for having helped broker the peace settlement in Mozambique more than a decade ago. One of the guys from Merck was surprised to see a generic form of one of their drugs, since Merck had donated a ton of this drug to Mozambique's government. More stories from my recent trip to Africa.

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