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The challenge of service provision in intermediary cities: In search of solutions

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Why are intermediary cities important? By 2050, two billion additional people are expected to live in urban areas meaning that two out of three people in the world will be living in cities. While this statistic has been at the forefront of urban development ...

Strengthening disaster preparedness in the Philippines through digital innovation

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This blog looks at how digital innovation can strengthen Early Warning Systems in the Philippines, and provides recommendations for stakeholders involved in the development, management and financing of systems.   

The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2022

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Progress in closing the gender gap in mobile internet use has stalled More than 3.2 billion people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) now access the internet on a mobile phone. Mobile is the primary way men and women access the internet in LMICs, accounting for 85% ...

Improving accessibility for vulnerable populations – the mobile industry’s efforts

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Smartphones are so convenient. From reading a map to paying a bill or making a business deal, to sending schoolwork or ordering medication and groceries, they help us with our everyday lives, across all the generations. And now, this portal in the palm of your hand is ...

World Refugee Day – The power (and limits) of mobile technology

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Worldwide 89.3 million people are forcibly displaced 27.1 million of these people have crossed a border and are refugees. As a result of conflict, violence, human rights violations, and increasingly severe climate shocks, a growing number of people are forced to flee homes ...

The fintech behind mobile money: The power of developer tools to drive innovation

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Mobile money continues to be a vital driver of financial inclusion. The increase of mobile money solutions and the reach of their agent networks has helped to spread the access to money transactions over different places and services. Today, the market is progressing to move ...

What can the US learn from the Global South as it seeks to strengthen EWS for climate resilience?

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Like the rest of the world, the United States (US) is experiencing more frequent and severe climate related catastrophes. What can the US learn from the Global South as it seeks to strengthen EWS for climate resilience in local communities?

Digital solutions to combat marine plastic waste

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On World Oceans Day 2022, under the theme "Revitalization: collective action for the ocean" the GSMA ClimateTech talks about using digital technology to combat the plastic waste crisis inorder to protect our oceans.

Mobile Digital Skills Alliance: Practical considerations for implementing mobile digital skills programmes

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The Mobile Digital Skills Alliance is a network of organisations, companies and academics dedicated to generating and sharing knowledge, disseminating best practices and fostering collaboration to improve mobile digital skills across low- and middle-income countries and ...

We have only one earth

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5th June 2022, marks 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, the first international meeting on the environment where the slogan ‘We have only one Earth’ was hailed for the first time. Five decades later, as a stark reminder of humanity’s ...

Mobile internet use, well-being and gender: Understanding the links

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More than half the world’s population is now using mobile internet, and studies have linked mobile broadband coverage with improved household income. Yet there is almost no research on how mobile internet use impacts the well-being of individual men and women in low- and ...

Advancing financial inclusion through win-win partnerships with Payment Service Banks in Nigeria

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This blog presents key highlights from a country-level dialogue held between the GSMA, FCDO-Nigeria and Lagos Business School on the role of Payment Service Banks (PSBs) in driving financial inclusion to the last mile.

Mobile Money: The $1 trillion industry driving the financial inclusion of the world’s poor

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This blog focuses on insights from the 10th-anniversary edition of the State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2022, launched on 30th March 2022. Growth: M-PESA’s flutter in East Africa went global Over the past decade, mobile money has expanded from a niche ...

Disease surveillance will benefit from mobile technology, but digital solutions must be integrated in health systems

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This blog explores how mobile and digital technologies are used for disease surveillance and highlights the challenges facing LMICs.

The digital inclusion of persons with disabilities: Key learnings from our recent disability inclusive research

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Data on the digital inclusion of persons with disabilities in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) is often scarce and unreliable. The GSMA Assistive Tech programme has been working to address this gap, specifically focusing on understanding access and use of mobile ...

The shared value of pay-as-you-go solar: How trends are impacting partnerships

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The GSMA Digital Utilities programme hosted a webinar with industry stakeholders to discuss the shared value of pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar for consumers, mobile operators and service providers. We also shared insights from our new report on the impact of PAYG solar on the ...

Three lessons from FlowKit, Flowminder’s GSMA-funded innovation project

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The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges. The first round of the Fund focused on providing support to help to test or scale innovative ideas which support responses to ...

User Perspectives in Humanitarian Settings: Initial Insights

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In September 2021, the Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation team kicked off a large-scale piece of mixed methods research in partnership with the UNHCR and The Research People. Our goals were to better understand how people in humanitarian settings use their mobile phones, to ...

Exploring women’s and entrepreneurs’ use of mobile money in Ghana

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This blog shares some key findings from the GSMA’s report “Exploring women’s use of mobile money in Ghana: The user journey, entrepreneurs and the impact of COVID-19”. It draws on recent GSMA qualitative and nationally representative quantitative field research in Ghana in ...

Tracking the mobile money industry 10 years on: Addressing the mobile money gender gap

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This blog shares some key findings from the “Addressing the mobile money gender gap” Chapter on page 60 of the GSMA’s State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2022.  It draws on recent GSMA nationally representative field research in a number of low- and ...