This week marks the beginning of a new program in Haiti, commissioned by UNDP and developed by Digicel, in which those affected by the 2010 earthquakes can receive cash subsidies to put towards construction supplies to be used in rebuilding homes. As stated in the article, two-thirds of the population have access to a mobile phone, while only 10 percent have bank accounts. Utilizing a mobile phone to act as a personal banking system allows individuals to not only provide security and convenience over carrying around large sums of money, but also empower individuals to better their own lives.
The program does raise questions about the digital divide within the country though. The digital divide may be increased in this situation do to the selection process of those with mobile phones, a lack of service for the most poor with a mobile phone, and the location of centers providing materials and training. All of these create more opportunities for certain individuals while neglecting others. Despite these possibilities, this program still is a great way to provide much needed resources directly to the individuals affected by disaster.