March 3, 2023

Financial inclusion in the Anthropocene by Brett Matthews was published in the Fletcher Forum of Global Affairs. The opinion piece considers the potentially critical role that oral cultures can play in helping the human species adapt to and alleviate human-induced climate change, and the ways in which the practice of financial inclusion can support this…

November 22, 2022

Today the My Oral Village community warmly welcomes Xavier DeBane to the board of directors. Xavier is well-suited for the new role. Currently Vice-President of Enterprise Strategy and Transformation at ManuLife Financial, his previous experience includes stints as a foreign aid officer in Vietnam and a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group in Mumbai….

September 26, 2022

Today My Oral Village signed a contract with the University of Alberta to develop an OIM solution for savings groups in the Himalayan villages of Skardu and Kharmang districts, in northern Pakistan. With financing from Global Affairs Canada’s Fund for Innovation and Transformation, Dr. Salima Meherali of U of A’s Nursing Faculty is investigating the…

April 24, 2022

Today the founder and executive director of My Oral Village presented the OIM solution designed for Sierra Leone’s credit unions at the AGM of the Irish League of Credit Unions in Belfast, on invitation from the ILCU Foundation.  

April 8, 2022

Today My Oral Village signed a contract with the Co-operative Housing Federation (doing business as ‘Global Communities’) to provide an OIM solution for savings groups in use among agro-pastoralist women in South Omo, Ethiopia. The solution will include oralization of savings group records, as well as the development of a learning platform to support rapid…

March 1, 2022

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) today announced a grant to Dr. Daniel Ansari at Western University to study the impact of an OIM solution on numerical cognition in Sierra Leone. The team includes Dr. Hans-Christoph Nuerk at the University of Tubingen, and Brett Matthews of My Oral Village, as principal…

February 1, 2022

MOVE and BOMA completed a final impact survey of our OIM solution for microentrepreneurs in Marsabit, Kenya. Among 150 respondents who took both baseline and endline tests, 46% could read and understand the meaning of a 4-digit number – up from 21% at baseline. Using the OIM ‘currency frame’ that was integrated into the records,…

June 24, 2021

At the annual general meeting of My Oral Village, outgoing board chair Heather Broughton was thanked by staff and board for her 9 years of exemplary service to the realization of our vision.

May 17, 2021

My Oral Village and The BOMA Project kick off a six-month field pilot in Marsabit, Kenya. It will test the capacity of innumerate microentrepreneurs to keep their own written records.