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VOA: Innovating in Afghanistan

September 22, 2011

Three USAID grants aim to help create a mobile banking system that all Afghans could use.

“In 2002, fewer than 200,000 people in Afghanistan had access to telephones. Today, some 15 million Afghans use mobile phones and a full 85 percent of the population lives within the combined network coverage of the four major telecommunications companies. This technological leap connects Afghans to each other and to the economy in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago,” the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Rajiv Shah said recently in Kabul when announcing three USAID grants for further technological innovations, totaling more than $2 million.

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    September 22, 2011 20:10

    Thanks, USAID. Thanks for have done to Afghan people the possibility to phone and, consequently, the possibility to abbat the emargination either on socially than personal terms.
    A new battle has been won, others remain but we will win also those.
    Claudio Alpaca

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