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Mobile for Development Utilities Programme

Unlocking access to essential utility services through mobile

Our mission is to unlock commercially sustainable business models that leverage mobile to deliver affordable and improved energy, water and sanitation services in emerging markets.

In emerging markets, many people cannot access basic utility services that are essential to life. The reach of mobile connectivity is greater than the reach of basic utility services, such as electricity and improved water and sanitation services.

The Mobile for Development Utilities Programme promotes the use of mobile networks, infrastructure and payment systems to open new pathways for affordable and reliable utility services to reach the underserved. These innovations for service delivery boost industry and economic growth, for example by enabling entrepreneurial phone charging services in remote areas, or reducing water service providers’ losses from water leakage or uncollected bills.

M4D Utilities seeks to drive the use of mobile to improve or increase access to basic utility services through the following activities:

  • Innovation Fund
  • Knowledge sharing and convening
  • Technical advisory to mobile operators
  • Market building
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