[WB] The Land Sector Has an App for That: The Evolution of Mobile Use in International Development

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

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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[NPCA] Legends of Ger Life

Myths. Fascinating and fun to tell, they seek to make sense of the inexplicable. They can involve gods or mere mortal-but are more exciting when they contain both. Mongolian myths have casts ranging from wolves, to the Chinese, to Father Sky. Twenty years of Peace Corps Volunteers in Mongolia, it turns out, has created its own sub-culture, complete with its own legends […]

Read the full article in the NPCA’s Peace Corps Connect Magazine

[GMP] Beauty and the Brute

As the picture of the intricate machine running in front of me took shape, the tutu finally made sense. Odette, the Swan Queen, drew my attention as well as filled in the details that I had been missing. Each time she appears in front of Siegfried, she stops him from making a terrible mistake. For me, her appearance on stage clarified and corrected my misconceptions […]

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