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How Technology Can Overcome Poverty

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About this Event

23 May 2012 @ 12:45

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About the Speech:

Bill Clinton, in a recent TED talk, described Iqbal Quadir's globally renowned Grameenphone project as follows:

"With loans to buy cell phones, entire villages are being brought into the information age - I want people to know about this!"

Microfinancing guru, Iqbal Quadir, a New York banker from Bangladesh, started Grameenphone - a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshis  to become a champion of a bottom-up approach to development. Tomorrow, Wednesday 23 May, he will speak at the the fourth event in the IIEA/Irish AidDevelopment Matters lecture series on how he partnered with Grameenbank to use microfinancing and mobile phones in a project to empower women in local communities.  The project ultimately transformed the economic situation of millions of people and became a template for a new model of development which provides people in poor countries with tools to create innovative ways of doing business and helps them generate a culture of entrepreneurship.  Prof. Quadir will present his vision for the future of development. 

The IIEA would like to acknowledge the support of Irish Aid in the Development Matters series.

About the Speaker:

Iqbal Quadir is renowned as the founder of the mobile phone operator Grameenphone. He is Founder and Director of  the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prof. Quadir taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard from 2001-2004, focusing on the democratising effects of technology in low-income countries.  He holds an MBA and an MA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


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