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Heather Horst, Erin Taylor and Espelencia Baptiste

Funded by the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, 2010 – 2012


Mobile phones have come to play an increasingly important role in the social and economic activities of the poor throughout the world. The mobile phone’s capacity for enabling mobility as well as for storing information, credit and other forms of value provides many poor and low income individuals with the opportunity to create, shape and transform their social and economic mobility and the potential to participate in a broader palette of state, commercial and financial organizations. This project investigates the use of mobile phones and mobile money among some of the world’s poorest people living and moving within Haiti and between the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It seeks to understand how mobiles phones shape the experience and capacity for mobility among domestic and cross-border migrants and, more specifically, aims to understand how enhanced access to information and communication may enable workers to maintain and develop social relationships and store economic and symbolic forms of value as they travel across regional and national zones.

Interim Report 2010: Espelencia Baptiste, Heather A. Horst and Erin B. Taylor. Haitian Monetary Ecologies and Repertoires: A Qualitative Snapshot of Money Transfer and Savings. Report for the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI), December 2010.

Interim Report 2011: Erin B. Taylor, Espelencia Baptiste and Heather A. Horst, Mobile Money in Haiti: Potentials and Challenges, Report for the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI), University of California Irvine, April 2011.

Publications: Baptiste, Espelencia, Heather A. Horst and Erin Taylor. 2011. Lydian Journal May 2011  

Taylor, Erin B. and Heather A. Horst (2013) From Street to Satellite: Mixing Methods To Understand Mobile Money Users. pp. 63-75. Proceedings from the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, EPIC2013. London 16-18 September, 2013.

Citi Money Gallery Exhibit at the British Museum (Opened June 2012):

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