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For NGOs using “mobile money” and cash transfer interventions, mobile financial literacy training can boost return on investment

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Recently, the Gates Foundation invested millions to develop an online payment platform specifically addressing the needs of refugees and the poor. Meanwhile, a growing number of NGOs are experimenting with direct cash transfers as an intervention for everything from food security to tuberculosis treatment, emergency response and more.

Sonata Notes: Should We Stop Using Facebook for Learning?

Sonata Notes|

Since 2004, Facebook has grown from a networking site for Harvard students to a multibillion-dollar empire encompassing both its flagship platform and newer acquisitions like Instagram and WhatsApp, with billions of users of all ages in every part of the world. But, with the revelation that the personal data of at least 50 million users was secretly harvested by a consulting firm working for the Trump campaign, users are having major doubts about whether Facebook can protect their privacy – or if they’re even trying.

Sonata Notes: As NGOs Promote Life-Improving Technologies, Better Training and Support can Help them Spread Faster

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From HIV self-testing to solar electrification and water filtration, NGOs are driving the introduction of life-saving technologies. However, many of these technologies are only useful in the hands of an adequately trained individual. How can NGOs ensure an adequate degree of readily accessible training and user support?