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[WB] The Land Sector Has an App for That: The Evolution of Mobile Use in International Development
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Paper prepared for presentation at the “2016 WORLD BANK CONFERENCE ON LAND AND POVERTY” The World Bank – Washington DC, March 14-18, 2016

This paper is a literature review of primary and secondary sources that seeks to chart the non-linear evolution of mobile use in development, from early efforts in the health sector to current land sector interventions. The objective of the paper is to identify three things: how mobile technologies and solutions have already been implemented by international development organizations in order to reduce duplication of efforts through information sharing; major obstacles to future interventions; and how innovations in the land sector, which include mobile broadband applications (“apps”) that record land information, assist in land registration, and share land management best practices, may lead to overcoming the obstacles. The obstacles, notably developing mobile solutions that take into account local contexts and scaling interventions, are intersectional in nature and therefore solutions are relevant more broadly to international development efforts beyond the land sector […]

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[GMP] 100 Words on Love: She’s Connecting the Dots For Me
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I loved a girl who changed her address as often as her hair and a girl whose heart

stayed in St. Louis and when I couldn’t steal their hearts, I stole those other things. […]

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[RR] Marriage Is Not A Competition
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“Financially, men of all education levels benefit from marrying earlier,” Barkhorn writes in The Atlantic, her bold use of bold italics ensuring that I understand how dire the situation is for me as an old man. Women are benefiting from all those years of being single after coming of age and their benefits are being taken directly from the wallets of men! If men do not start pushing back the matrimonial clock toward an appropriate age (say 13?), we will certainly face the decline of our estates, perhaps even the loss of our God-given titles […]

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[UA] Mongolian Poetry
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Landing in Mongolia, Chinggis Khaan International Airport greets travelers with three entirely different alphabets. There is English using the Romanized alphabet, Mongolian using Russia’s Cyrillic alphabet, and Mongolian again, this time using the traditional script. After decades of suppression by first the Chinese, and then the Russians, Mongolia’s traditional script is making a comeback. The traditional script, originally developed by Chinngis (Genghis to the Western World) Khaan so that messengers could write it without having to get off their horses, slides vertically down the page instead of horizontally. It has the utilitarian grace of a hammer or perfectly balanced sword […]

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