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Technology plays an increasingly important role in delivering effective aid and development programs. As governments and donor agencies strive to discover better responses to old and new challenges—to launch a Green Revolution in Africa, or to slow and adapt to climate change, for example—technology and innovation hold the promise of unleashing new solutions to benefit poor people. From analytical work on mobile phone-based banking to the use of biometrics to facilitate cash-transfer programs, CGD’s research and practical ideas are helping to shape the integration of technology and development.

CGD’s current technology research is focused on three areas:

  • Innovation
  • Mobile Phones
  • Biometrics