In July-September this year I worked on a project about internal remittances in Haiti with Dr. Heather Horst and Dr. Espelencia Baptiste. Our report is now available on the IMTFI website. It provides a qualitative snapshot of Haitian monetary ecologies six months after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010.
Local Lives: Migration and the Politics of Place is now available for purchase. Published by Routledge and edited by Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich and Catherine Trundle (Victoria University), this volume contests dominant trends in migration theory.
Last June the Gates Foundation announced a $10 million investment in mobile banking in Haiti. They've clearly decided that they're onto a good thing, because they've just pledged $512 million to help the world's poorest people access financial services.
Last month myself, Heather Horst and Espelencia Baptiste presented our research on money transfers and mobile phones in Haiti at the IMTFI conference at Irvine. Here's the video of the entire session. There was a great turnout and some excellent papers. You can also visit Liz Losh's virtualpolitik blog if you'd like a rundown.