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Could a smartphone app give Pakistan the push it needs to be polio-free?

Could a smartphone app give Pakistan the push it needs to be polio-free?

June 22, 2016

By Shehryar Nabi - Dawn

Despite being closer than they have ever been to reaching their polio-free goal, the government's campaigns still have some problems: areas are often missed by health workers and unvaccinated children continue to fall through the cracks. [...] Researchers from UC San Diego, Harvard, University of Southern California and UC Berkley pitched an initiative to the Punjab government with an aim to understand health worker behaviour.

Caught in the middle

Caught in the middle

June 4, 2016

The Economist

Big and tiny firms often find it easier to borrow than medium-sized ones [...] The Entrepreneurial Finance Lab, a spin-off from a research initiative at Harvard University, is trying out psychometric testing as a way of assessing credit risk. Would-be borrowers complete a short online survey and the software quickly generates an alternative credit score, based on attributes like conscientiousness and confidence. “We want to collateralise people’s human capital,” says Asim Khwaja, a Harvard professor and co-founder of the project.

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