Latin America and the Caribbean
This project investigates how new technologies are reshaping the provision of micro loans to the poor by focusing on the work of kiva.org, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that uses the Internet to establish person-to-person digital lending networks. The study will conduct ethnographic among poor women’s lending groups in Chiapas, Mexico, and Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, who receive money from kiva lenders to expand their small businesses in the areas of food preparation and sales, retail and crafts.
Anke Schwittay, Paul Braund
About the Researcher(s)
Paul Braund is the co-Founder and Executive Director of RiOS Institute, a partnership organization of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development. Mr. Braund began his career in Design and technology development with a leading international consulting group in Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia, and worked for 20 years with startups, multinationals and government agencies. He is a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on ICT and Development and Social Entrepreneurship, and an adviser to the World Bank Institute. Mr. Braund has an MA and MPhil from the Royal College, London, England.
Click here for details on Anke Schwittay's book: New Media and International Development Representation and affect in microfinance
Link to Anke Schwittay's blog post: "Making Academic Research for Financial Inclusion Actionable"