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Increasing awareness and preventing sexual and gender-based violence through mobile-enabled gamification

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Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most prevalent human rights violations. Worldwide an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) undermines its survivors’ ...

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action Opens Today

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I am pleased to announce the launch of The GSMA Innovation Fund for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action. The fund will provide grants and additional support to organisations that leverage digital technology, especially mobile, to deliver solutions which anticipate potential ...

Findex 2021 data: Why mobile money is now a mainstream financial service

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Many industries have a publication that showcases the sector’s progress. For the financial inclusion space, there are two: the GSMA’s annual State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money and the World Banks’ Global Findex. Published every three years, the Global Findex ...

Exploring climate financing at MWC Africa

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Highlights from the climate finance roundtable discussion at MWC Africa with key decision makers including MNOs, private sector organisations, development and implementing partners, and start-ups.

GSMA report launch at the ‘Digital Grounds’ event and key takeaways

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On 20 October 2022, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Indonesia and the Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia (Bappenas) hosted an invitation-only event ‘Digital Grounds: Towards a Green Digital Economy’ ...

World Toilet Day 2022: Celebrating innovation in sanitation

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This World Toilet Day, the Digital Utilities programme wanted to take a moment to recognise and celebrate some of those bringing innovative solutions to the sanitation sector. This blog highlights three areas where digital technology is pushing services further, and the ...

Tackling the fastest growing waste stream: E-waste

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Read about our reflections from the Global Off Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2022 on tackling the fast growing e-waste problem. The event was hosted by GOGLA in Kigali, Rwanda.

Empowering female micro-entrepreneurs through mobile: GSMA Connected Women’s new project

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There are over four hundred million micro businesses in emerging markets, forming the backbone of societies and economies. An incredible opportunity exists to increase women’s participation. Currently, only 38% of global MSMEs are female-owned, and they are more likely to be ...

Announcing The GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation Cohort

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The GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation announces the new cohort of start-ups that have selected for funding.

Application highlights from The GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation

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The GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation was launched, with funding from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Read the application highlights and trends in this blog.

Findings from Findex: Mobile money is driving financial inclusion for women, but more work needs to be done

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This blog explores the changing mobile money gender gap across low- and middle-income countries, based on GSMA’s analysis of the latest 2021 Findex data and previous 2017 data Mobile money continues to be a driving force, transforming the financial inclusion landscape ...

Jazz Pakistan: Leveraging partnerships to improve farmer livelihoods, financial inclusion, and climate resilience in Pakistan

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This is the seventh in a series of blogs introducing the grantees and key partners supported by the GSMA Innovation Fund for the Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains. The blog covers the objectives and ongoing priorities of Jazz Pakistan and its consortium partners in ...

Gender disaggregated data in digitisation of the agricultural last mile

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Women make up 43% of the total agricultural labour force globally according to the Food and Agriculture Organization but their participation in agricultural value chains remains largely undocumented. Female farmers are more likely to participate informally in the ...

Introducing JanaJal: Clean water via mobile water ATMs for Delhi slum residents

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JanaJal is a brand by Supremus Developers, delivering safe drinking water using technology-based solutions in India.

Towards tech-based, data-driven urban mobility: The case for Malaysia

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Read key highlights from the GSMA co-hosted a session with the British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, at the 2022 Malaysia Urban Forum.

Trends in digital agriculture advisory as the pandemic wanes

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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital agriculture solutions have allowed smallholder farmers to continue receiving agriculture and health advisory, identify new markets for their crops, source inputs for their farms and access much-needed financing. In our 2021 ...

Introducing Soso Care: Micro health insurance from waste plastic recycling

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Soso Care is a micro mobile health insurance company, using an innovative approach to providing health insurance to low-income populations in Nigeria.

Cooperative union turns digital to ease milk procurement in Tanzania

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In Tanzania’s Tanga region, not far from the country’s business capital Dar es Salaam, Tanga Dairies Cooperative Union (TDCU) is a major buyer of milk from dairy farmers. With an extensive membership of over 6,500 mainly smallholder farmers, TCDU and dairy farmers face a ...

Webinar: The business case for farmers to participate in digitised agricultural value chains

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This webinar presents key insights from a recent GSMA report that looks at the business case for farmers to participate in digitised agricultural value chains. It discusses the findings from three case studies conducted in the rice and potatoes value chains in Nigeria and ...

Introducing Bhumijo: Digitalising public washrooms in Dhaka

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Bhumijo is a social start-up working to ensure hygienic, inclusive and affordable public sanitation. The company runs a network of public toilets and washrooms serving low-income areas in Dhaka, Bangladesh.