Category Archives: Collection

Reflecting on this blog’s genesis after 5 years

I started this blog in late December 2008, in earnest and every day during the first prototype fieldwork for The Prepaid Economy project, one of the iBoP Asia Project’s first batch of Small Grant winners from the ASEAN region. For … Continue reading

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Women Together: Incentivising Savings

Mahila Milan means “women together” and provides a decentralised vehicle for the empowerment of women via leadership roles and advocacy alongside its pivotal daily savings collection. Continue reading

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iBoP Asia’s Frontiers: Charting the future of S&T innovation for the poor in Southeast Asia

A bicycle-powered paper shredder that can be used to make environment-friendly charcoal. A new way of processing waste cooking oil that turns it into cheap fuel for vehicles. A web-based system that allows small-scale fishers to access marine data using … Continue reading

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Using Ethnographic Research To Learn About Life at the BoP

The expected deliverable of the iBoP Asia grant project is that we create a new payment strategy or business model for purchasing a shared resource within a Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) community. Recognizing that no member of our research … Continue reading

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Collection: Pay as you go or prepaid economy?

The basic concept for this project emerged from a series of observations covering the themes of managing on irregular and unpredictable incomes, informal economies at the BoP as well as the popularity of the "prepaid" model which enable micro purchases … Continue reading

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