I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to South Africa, where I spoke about microlending, financial independence, and women's empowerment to more than 1,000 women during meetings held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
It's a common misperception that the challenges women face are "soft" social issues. But the central role women play in society translates into a "butterfly effect" affecting ever-larger circles of humanity.
I would argue that the greatest benefit of technology to this part of the world is not just its ability to solve problems. Rather, technology brings something more, something transcendent: Technology brings empowerment.
On March 2, Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, was abruptly forced from his position as managing director of Grameen Bank, the Bangladesh-based financial institution he founded thirty years ago.
Nobel Peace prize winner Yunus has been under attack by not only his leader of government in his native Bangladesh but by those who are upset with what narrows down to Dr. Yunus' stand against corruption and loan sharking.