Mobile Banking

A new study by Professor Jay Rosengard entitled A Quantum Leap Over High Hurdles to Financial Inclusion: The Mobile Banking Revolution in Kenya,'  examines the impact of mobile banking on levels of financial inclusion in Kenya, finding that mobile banking can increase financial inclusion rates. The study was sponsored by The SWIFT Institute and the Harvard Kennedy School.

Communiqué Spring 2016

The Communiqué Magazine is hot off the presses! In this issue, we showcase the China Philanthropy Project, a new research initiative surveying China's philanthropic landscape. We also profile Roy and Lila Ash Fellow and longtime educator Priscilla Lee. 

Merics Podcast

PODCAST: Ash Center Director Anthony Saich comments on the Chinese government's “extraordinarily successful” record of controlling and shaping political communication, especially online. “If I was an authoritarian leader somewhere else in the world," says Saich. "I would want to learn lessons from China." 

Democracy Retrospective

The Ash Center's Democracy Fellowship Program brings together a vibrant community of postdoctoral scholars, doctoral candidates, and senior scholars in a unique intellectual environment in which academic thought and leadership can flourish. More:

Internet of Things

The Data-Smart City Solutions Blog highlights the Internet of Things (IoT) — connected sensor networks between once-passive objects, ranging  from air quality sensors to smart trash cans. IoT initiatives can provide cities with massive amounts of data, which can be analyzed and leveraged to improve city programs and residential life.

Research & Publications

A new policy brief by Ash Fellow John Chung-En Liu examines China's efforts to establish a national cap and trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions. He finds that Chinese policymakers need to pay attention to how the new carbon markets embed in the larger social contexts.


Race and American Politics

PODCAST: The Ash Center hosted a discussion entitled "Beyond Ideology: A Conversation on Race, Violence, and Justice" with Jelani Cobb, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut, as part of the Race and American Politics Seminar Series.

Democracy in the Digital Age

Within the past year, the Ash Center and the Harvard Kennedy School have responded to the growing need for future public leaders to be equipped with a solid foundation in technological skills in order to navigate an increasingly digitized world