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Primer on remittances

Global recorded remittances to developing countries reached $204 billion in 2006. This amount, which has been growing at almost 30 percent a year, is twice the size of total development aid.

Remittances hold a big promise for development but a lack of transparency and a high volume of unrecorded money flows, pose security risks and keep the costs high.

Waste included for better cell phone service

Cell_phone_sludge_2As more and more people in developing world depend on cell phones for their business, can microbial fuel-cell chargers, which derive electricity from plant waste, bridge the infrastructure gap?