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Introducing Digital Agriculture Maps, a 2020 state of the sector report

The GSMA AgriTech team has launched Digital Agriculture Maps (DAMs), the new state of the sector report on digital agriculture in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). DAMs has been produced in collaboration with IDH Farmfit in response to the growing need for industry ...

Insights from Thrive Asia Pacific 2020: Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities through Digital Solutions

The GSMA Thrive Asia Pacific 2020 event took place from 3 to 5 November 2020. The Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities programme hosted a session focused on ‘Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities through Digital Solutions’. This session featured a range of different ...

Start-ups have begun their journey through the LaunchPad 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic represents one of the most profound challenges to economic development and human wellbeing in a century. The pandemic will exacerbate the inequalities and hardships faced by already vulnerable groups and threatens to undermine the Indo-Pacific’s ...

Container based sanitation alliance and Loowatt – digital tools for container-based sanitation providers

In the last decade, container-based sanitation (CBS) solutions have been emerging as a viable low-cost option for sanitation service delivery, particularly in low-income urban settlements where demand for sanitation services is high and on-site sanitation (i.e. septic tanks) ...

Mobile connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa: 4G and 3G connections overtake 2G for the first time

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to stay connected has never been more important. With protection measures introduced across the world, the internet has taken more space in our lives – helping us to stay active professionally, access information and to ...

Key take-aways from GSMA Connected Women at Thrive Africa

At the end of September 2020, over 90 people from all over the world – from the mobile industry, the ICT industry, governments, the international development sector and the academic community – joined the Connected Women seminar on reaching women at scale to accelerate ...

Interoperability Test Platform v1.1: Now more powerful and easier to use

Interoperability between financial services continues to be a key focus for development in the mobile money ecosystem, but it remains a complex area with a high risk of error. The GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab is proudly supporting the industry in navigating the challenges of ...

COVID-19 and the future of work in Africa’s mobile industry – what the experts say

In 2019, the GSMA conducted research on Powering Youth Employment through the Mobile Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2025. Since then, the world’s employment market has experienced unprecedented uncertainties because of COVID-19. The GSMA Central Insights Unit team held a ...

Mobile connectivity in South Asia: Huge improvements in mobile broadband coverage bring 640 million online in last five years

Accelerated deployments of 4G networks in South Asia[1] meant that the region was the biggest contributor last year to further increasing the number of people in the global population that live within the footprint of a mobile broadband network. However, as the latest ...

Digital Literacy Training Guide: For mobile money agents and digital literacy change agents

Uganda hosts the sixth largest refugee population in the world, with over 1.4 million refugees from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Eritrea, and Rwanda among other countries. The majority of refugee households are female-headed.  Because of the ...

Exploring the Rising Tunisian Start-up Ecosystem

In 2019, the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) published the Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI), measuring the quality of start-up ecosystems on a country level. Tunisia ranked second in Africa based on 14 values measuring the ...

Artificial Intelligence and Start-Ups in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Progress, Promises and Perils

Around the world, artificial intelligence (AI) is automating functions and making new services possible with breakthroughs in low-cost computing power, cloud computing services, growth in big data and advancements in machine learning (ML) and related processes. AI has the ...

Digital accessibility in education and employment during COVID-19

This blog forms part of a blog series to be published over the coming weeks as we investigate how the digital and social exclusion of persons with disabilities are heightened during the pandemic and how mobile and digital solutions can combat the barriers. You can read part ...

COVID-19’s impact on agritech investment in Nigeria: An interview with Acumen

A number of agritech start-ups in Nigeria have transitioned into proper companies, yet the majority struggle to scale. Our recent report AgriTech in Nigeria: Investment opportunities and challenges shows that low awareness of, funding opportunities and limited access to ...

What value do open APIs bring to the mobile money landscape?

In September, we hosted a four-day industry convening, looking at Open APIs in the mobile money industry. Following growing industry interest in API strategies, providers can drive ecosystem development, enable third-parties to innovate on valuable services, and generate new ...

Beyond one billion accounts: What path is mobile money following in Latin America & the Caribbean?

Leer en Español This is the seventh in a series of blogs focusing on the findings of the State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2019. Blog #1 | Blog #2 | Blog #3 | Blog #4 | Blog #5 | Blog #6 With contrasting socio-economic and competitive contexts, mobile money across ...

Insights from Thrive Africa 2020 – scaling digital utility solutions through partnerships

The GSMA Thrive Africa 2020 event took place from 29 September to 1 October 2020. The Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities programme hosted two sessions focused on ‘Digital Utility Solutions for the Urban Poor’ and ‘The Future of Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) Partnerships’. These ...

Mapping poverty: Space and mobile technologies offer new perspective

17 October marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. While eradicating poverty is one of the top goals on the UN Sustainable Development Agenda, scarcity of reliable data hampers efforts to measure progress toward this goal. Space technology – ...

Grameenphone’s GPAY app: How small changes can make a big difference for women

Listening to customers to understand the barriers that restrict women from using mobile services can be instrumental in helping MNOs uncover some cost-effective quick wins for reaching female customers. This blog talks about one such quick win, which was unearthed by ...

VITALITE Zambia – learnings from providing pay-as-you-go smartphones through pay-as-you-go solar

The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme has been working since 2013 to unlock new business models that leverage mobile technology to deliver affordable energy services in emerging markets. Over the last eight years the GSMA has supported the emergence of the ...