Wireless Technology and the Haitian Recovery
Almost a year after the earthquake struck Haiti, most recovery efforts are decidedly low-tech. But some advocates and techies argue that technology can address long-term problems plaguing the country. We explore how mobile banking and wireless technology are changing the economic landscape in Haiti.
Most Haitians have no direct access to financial services. Now some development experts hope that wireless technologies can be harnessed to expand access to banking. Maarten Boute, CEO of Digicel Haiti, discusses a new mobile money competition, jointly funded by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: