• Mobile-Enabled Utility Services – Emerging Trends January 26, 2016 pdf

    The Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation Fund was launched in June 2013 to test and scale the use of mobile to improve or increase access to energy, water and sanitation services. Together with a second Phase of funding in 2015, the Innovation Fund received an overwhelming number of high quality applications, reflecting high interest in leveraging mobile technologies for improving and increasing access to utilities within the developing world. This analysis of concept notes from innovators who applied for the Fund identifies the emerging trends in mobile-enabled utility services.

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  • Mobisol: Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) Solar for Entrepreneurs in Rwanda January 19, 2016 pdf

    Mobisol received a grant from the M4D Utilities Innovation Fund in November 2013 to replicate its innovative mobile-enabled energy business in Rwanda with a focus on entrepreneurial systems for customers to generate income. Through a partnership with MTN Rwanda, Mobisol’s use of mobile money and remote control and monitoring demonstrate the power of mobile technology for pay-as-you-go solar to increase energy access for the underserved, and the commercial benefits to mobile operators. This Case Study highlights the successes and challenges faced along the way and presents the key lessons learned from the grant.

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  • NextDrop: Water Simplified January 14, 2016 pdf

    NextDrop received a Seed grant from the M4D Utilities Innovation Fund in January 2014 to deploy its human-powered smart water grid in 40% of Bangalore. NextDrop not only met targets, but also won a contract from the water board to extend its service across the rest of the city. Leveraging lessons from Bangalore, NextDrop created a smartphone app to rapidly deploy its service in Mysore and simultaneously changed its business model from Business to Government (B2G) to a hybrid Business to Business (B2B) and B2G model. This Case Study documents the lessons learned during the project, including those specific to a startup offering a B2G service.

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