Mobiles, migrants and money: a study of mobility in Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Summary

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.

Start By 1 October 2011
Completed By 30 November 2012
Funding This project is funded by the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion led by Professor Bill Maurer at the University of California, Irvine.

Outcomes Interim Reports:
Baptiste, E, Horst, H & Taylor, E 2010, Haitian Monetary Ecologies and Repertoires: A Qualitative Snapshot of Money Transfer and Savings, Report for the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI), University of California Irvine, December 2010.
Taylor, E, Baptiste, E & Horst, H 2011, Mobile Money in Haiti: Potentials and Challenges, Report for the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI), University of California Irvine, April 2011.

Publication:
Baptiste, E, Horst, H & Taylor, E 2011, Lydian Journal, May 2011.


Researcher(s) Heather Horst,
Program Globalization and Culture
Location(s) Port-au-Prince – Haiti
Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic