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Mobile for Development Overview

GSMA Mobile for Development brings together our mobile operator members, the wider mobile industry and the development community to drive commercial mobile services for underserved people in emerging markets.  We identify opportunities for social, economic and environmental impact and stimulate the development of scalable, life-enhancing mobile services.

Mobile is the predominant infrastructure in emerging markets.  We believe it is the transformative technology that enables us to put relevant, impactful services into the hands of underserved people. Since the creation of GSMA Mobile for Development we have partnered with 50 mobile operators, rolling out 104 initiatives, impacting tens of millions of people across 49 countries.

Our Mobile Money for the Unbanked programme is helping mobile operators and the financial industry collaborate to deliver affordable financial services that provide safety, security and convenience to millions of previously unbanked customers. Since the Mobile Money for the Unbanked programme was founded, the industry has increased in size five-fold, with over 100 mobile money deployments active in the world today – 80% of which are in developing markets.

Our Green Power for Mobile programme alone, through more than 24,000 live and planned base station deployments, will save over 422 million litres of diesel per year and 1.4 million tons of carbon emissions, while connecting 27 million rural inhabitants to the mobile network. We are also driving commercial mobile services in the key areas of health, agriculture and learning, while our mWomen programme is leading the reduction of the mobile phone gender gap.

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