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Twitter Roundup: February 25 – Roving cybercafes, the scoop on branchless banking, and TEDtalks go conversational

   /   Feb 25th, 2011News
Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week:

In an innovative attempt to update its country’s access to technology, the Rwandan government is pioneering the ICT Bus Project: mobile, fully equipped Internet cafes that travel to rural areas without electricity. Now Rwandan farmers, traders, and students will be able to more easily access relevant information, such as commodity prices and global news. In addition, the project will include training and capacity building programs.

Just heard a vulnerable, amazing and inspiring pitch from Carlo, founder of #socent #SBA11

More than a year after a monumentally devastating earthquake displaced over a million people, a steady stream of humanitarian and human rights workers are still coming into Haiti. But many do not speak Creole, the local language. Enter offering free online courses in Creole, including Skype sessions with a teacher.

It's back! @Kiva Chronicles In Defense of "High" MFI Interest Rates: Part II @SocialEdge #Microfinance #SocEnt
Shrey Goyal

Ever wondered why some microfinance institutions (MFIs) charge such high interest rates on their loans – sometimes between 30 and 60 percent? A Kiva Fellow working in Uganda breaks down the costs of a MFI project and explains the reason for high interest rates.

Branchless banking is a movement to use mobile services to bring banking to millions around the world who do not have access to banks. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) has launched the Branchless Banking Database, a resource for data about the state of this fast-growing sector. Here NextBilion’s blogger speaks with CGAP about the study, and branchless banking more broadly.

A new forum for online discussion amongst social innovators is being launched by TED Conversations, an interactive social platform on Participants can ask a question, propose an idea, or initiate a debate topic, thereby potentially tapping into a wealth of knowledge in the community of fans.

What’d we miss? Let us know in the comments or find us @dowserDOTorg.

2 Responses

  1. Jim Melfi says:

    Thanks for your mention of TED. For those who haven’t checked it out I urge you to do so. Get ready for wonderful inspiration and innovation. There are also a number of TED-like sites as well. My site links to 58 of them and I invite you to drop by. Jim Melfi, Founder,

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