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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.

The Connected Women programme is focused on the socio-economic benefits of greater inclusion of women at all points in the mobile industry continuum from consumer to employee to leader.

The Connected Society programme supports the industry to connect an additional two billion people in developing countries to the mobile internet.

The Mobile Money programme works with mobile operators and the financial industry to accelerate the availability of affordable financial services that provide safety, security and convenience to the unbanked.

Mobile for Development Utilities looks at improving access to basic energy, water and sanitation services in underserved communities using mobile technology and infrastructure.

The mAgri programme is focused on catalysing scalable, commercial mobile services that improve the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers and benefit the agriculture sector in emerging markets.

The mHealth programme brings together the mobile industry and health stakeholders to improve health outcomes in emerging markets.

The Disaster Response programme is a global initiative to lead the mobile industry in improving network preparedness and restoration, and providing more effective, coordinated support to humanitarian responders and disaster affected populations.

The Identity for the Unregistered programme develops and promotes mobile as an identity solution for the unregistered, utilizing unique and secure mobile ID as a cornerstone for digital empowerment in emerging markets.