Technology is both a blessing and a curse in our modern society. However, it has also allowed us to begin solving many problems around the world. Every industry from food, medical and education are using technology to find solutions. So how can we use technology to shape and improve Haiti? This article is with the hopes it will inspire a brave entrepreneur in Haiti to take on the challenge of building his/her empire while helping Haitian people. Let’s take a look at what opportunities and solutions can be implemented in Haiti.
Mobile health care
“Cell phones offer access to medical information otherwise inaccessible to impoverished people. A Ghanaian project, for instance, targets pregnant women who lack access to information on how to promote healthy fetal development, reports the Research Council of Norway. Mothers receive weekly, automated messages designed to help counterbalance superstition and pregnancy-related myths.”
Another great idea would be if an app can connect people to doctors or the nearest hospital. Some medical apps already exist, but it would be great if some focused on issues related to Haitian health
Uber offers its services worldwide. Unfortunately, Haiti is not one of those countries where Uber chooses to operate. There are probably some technical difficulties as to why uber or any other ridesharing companies don’t operate in Haiti. However, this leaves a large opportunity for tech entrepreneurs who need a project to work on. There are many tourists and locals who definitely need an easier way around. Ridesharing will not only provide convenience to people, but would also create jobs. I have heard of one app, TAPP4 that is offering ridesharing services in Haiti, but there is no public information as to where and how they are operating the business idea. Feel free to check them out or start your own. More local business competition helps the economy!
One of the biggest issues when is comes to education in Haiti and the Caribbean, is access to free secondary education. With advancements in technology, it would be great if we could make education accessible to everyone. The internet is full of information and educational platforms. Why not create more platforms where people can complete programs and certifications from Haitian schools and universities. This could possibly help the literacy rate while exposing people to different career options, resources and information.
“Mobile banking has also played a big role in reducing poverty and hunger. As a matter of fact, the developing world may be ahead of the West when it comes to mobile money. M-Pesa, a system that allows for mobile money transfer to happen as quickly and easily as text messaging, has been all the rage throughout Africa and Asia. Furthermore, it reduces the need to carry around paper money, which can be a dangerous problem in many countries. Today a farmer in rural Kenya or India can check how much is in his bank account and send money to his family and friends miles away all with a click on his mobile. M-Pesa has also helped more women entrepreneurs get out of poverty and develop thriving businesses. And it is no surprise this innovative banking system was created by a woman. Lately, the new conversation about whetheror not Bitcoin will be the new currency in the developing world has gained traction.”
Original Source: http://www.globalwireonline.org/2014/02/03/can-technology-eradicate-poverty-hunger/#.WlpgRq6nHIU
“Access to energy enables people to work their way out of poverty, access education and improve their own health. New technologies, such as solar and hydro power, can provide access to energy without building expensive power plants. Even simple technological advances, like fire-less cookers that rely on stored heat, can save the poor money and time.
“Just providing a few hours of solar lighting alone improves the human condition,” Justin Guay, associate director of Sierra Club’s International Climate Program, told Take Part.
Further investment in technological solutions by both private donors and the federal government could radically change the lives of the global poor.”
Original Source: https://borgenproject.org/10-technological-solutions-poverty/
Ronald Cetoute, Co-founder of BEL Initiative