The spread of new technologies such as mobile phones and electronic payment networks have brought about new possibilities for the world's poor, and many programs across all sectors aim to harness this technology. IPA is investigating how programs such as market information for farmers, savings programs, and health information can be delivered to people via mobile phones and other technologies.


In Sub-Saharan Africa, about 1.8 million people became infected with the HIV virus in 2011, with the majority of new cases attributed to unprotected sex.

A mobile phone used to receive cash transfers in Kenya

Unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) allow poor households the choice and flexibility of allocating resources to meet the needs they find most pressing.