by Dr. Jane Thomason

Can tech empower poor women and improve social inclusion?

The answer should be a resounding yes!  There are now more mobile connected devices in the world than there are people.  More than 4.5 billion people now use the internet, and  social media users exceed  3.8 billion,  mobile connects  71% of the world population.  300 million new users came online  in 2020, the majority from...

We are the change we want to see

We have seen the tremendous acceleration of innovation during the Pandemic, especially in health care. There\’s a tremendous opportunity, but it is all about potential and not inevitability. We have the potential to drive transformational change hard. We have the measures needed to be seen around things like using Fintech for financial inclusion. We can now do real-time...

Collaboration for Global Social Impact

I see the need for 5 sets of immediate collaboration to pave the way for digital transformation. 1.     Collaboration to help shape the technology. Technologists are often working in a vacuum advancing technology, with a limited understanding of different social, institutional, infrastructure and cultural contexts. For technology to work, it has to be...


Emerging markets are harnessing technology much faster and more enthusiastically than many developed nations because of: 1.      Size and scale of the market: In 2017, China and India had around 660 million and 400 million smartphone users, respectively. This compared with only 220 million in the US.  2.      Youth Demographic :...

Blockchain and Emerging Health Systems

This post outlines four main areas where Blockchain innovators are developing projects in emerging health systems. Cash Transfers: Humanitarian organisations have been using blockchains in proof-of-concept studies in digital identity and cash transfers since 2016.  Tracking Donor Funds Through Smart Contracts: Using smart contracts, Blockchain can ensure that donor funds reach intended recipients in a...

The Age of Unlearning

We are all reeling with the rapidly transforming digital environment – blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning are set to change our world in ways we can only begin to imagine. The future of work, of society and of government are in question. I am a “baby boomer\’\’ and I have realised that...

3 ways to unleash the potential of women entrepreneurs

3 ways to unleash the potential of women entrepreneurs

“Women are experts in identifying real problems, and figuring out efficient solutions… innovation should be encouraged and if it can be commercialised to create an entrepreneur that actively contributes to our economy, it’s a win for everyone.” Mona Endehipa, from the Women’s Business and Resource Centre in Port Moresby, PNG. Across the globe, women’s entrepreneurship has...

5 Frontier Technologies to Improve Health in Emerging Economies

5 Frontier Technologies to Improve Health in Emerging Economies

The pandemic, chronic disease, rising costs, an ageing population, limited resources, health worker shortages, and a data explosion are converging to accelerate digital health globally. WHO has launched a major transformative agenda on digital health, “The use and scale up of digital health solutions can revolutionize how people worldwide achieve higher standards of health, and...

Four Ways Technology Can Help Displaced Women and Children

Population displacement is one of the leading policy issues of the 21st century. At least 79.5 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Globally, the number of asylum applications from separated or unaccompanied children is now reaching record highs. Women and girls are around 50 percent of any refugee, internally...

Crypto, and Emerging Markets Powering Global Innovation

Emerging markets will be the new global growth engine with increasing mobile penetration, a young population and receptivity to technological innovation. Emerging markets are among the fastest adopters of crypto, with We Are Social 2020 reporting the top 10 countries with the proportion of population between 16-64 who own crypto being Philippines, Brazil, South Africa,...

Can Tech Empower Poor Women and Improve Social Inclusion?

The answer should be a resounding yes! There are now more mobile connected devices in the world than there are people. More than 4.5 billion people now use the internet, and social media users exceed 3.8 billion, mobile connects 71% of the world population. 300 million new users came online in 2020, the majority from...

4 key takeaways from Fintech leaders in times of Covid

Over the past few weeks in lockdown, I have spent many hours in discussion with friends, colleagues and fintech thought leaders globally on the changes thrust upon us as we live through the first global pandemic of our lifetimes. Whilst many people’s time has been spent adjusting to the new way of living, others have joined...

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