Mobile Banking in the Emerging World

Posted in: Digital Divide at 30/11/2010 21:41

In Tanzania, a hospital sends money by text message to women in remote areas so they can pay for bus fare to travel for critically needed surgery. In Afghanistan, the government pays its police officers by text message to skirt corrupt middlemen. In Pakistan, the biggest financial network is not a bank, but a unit of Telenor, the Norwegian mobile phone operator.

While storefront bank branches and online banking are ubiquitous in the United States and most developed countries, in less-developed countries only a small fraction of the population is served by banking services.

To read this report in The New York Times in full, see:
www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/business/global/29iht-mobilebanks29.html

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