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Multiplying Agri insurance services through mobile

In November 2019, the GSMA AgriTech Programme attended the 15th International Conference on Inclusive Insurance in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Organised by the Munich Re Foundation, InsuResilience and the Bangladesh Insurance Association, the event was attended by 500 people from 40 ...

The value of PAYG solar for mobile operators: A look at Benin

Benin is a relatively new market for the Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) Solar home system (SHS) industry, but growth has been strong in recent years. According to GOGLA, West Africa as a whole has been a key growth market for PAYG solar providers, “In the first half of 2019, sales [of ...

Digital finance: Cybersecurity requires deeper industry collaboration

This blog was co-authored by Silvia Baur-Yazbeck, a financial sector analyst at CGAP, whose recent work focuses on data protection and cybersecurity. Mobile financial services have been a significant driver of financial inclusion over the past several years. As of 2018, the ...

The Francophone Experience: IRC’s shift to digital humanitarian assistance

As network coverage and mobile phone ownership around the world soars, mobile technology is increasingly being used to deliver information and services to people in need. Humanitarian organisations have begun to take advantage of this to reach vulnerable and displaced people ...

The state of mobile in Ghana’s tech ecosystem

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team, represented by Gregory Omondi, was in Ghana between 25 and 29 November, 2019. The first of two objectives was to conduct a market visit for Agrocenta, one of the programmes portfolio start-ups based locally in Ghana. Secondly, to run a ...

Expérience francophone : la transition de l’IRC vers une aide humanitaire numérisée

Avec le développement rapide de la couverture des réseaux et de l’accès aux téléphones portables dans le monde, la téléphonie mobile est de plus en plus utilisée pour apporter des informations et des services aux personnes en détresse. Les organisations humanitaires ont ...

Powering Youth Employment through the Mobile Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2025

Africa is the youngest continent in the world and this demographic dividend is growing at an unprecedented pace. This increasingly educated but inadequately skilled workforce poses a challenge for economies that must not only generate more jobs, but also support youth in ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: Greenovator, Myanmar

Agriculture represents 38 per cent of Myanmar’s GDP, employs 60 per cent of the active population and uses close to 20 per cent of the country’s land. However, Myanmar’s agriculture sector is not as efficient as it could be due to a lack of agricultural information that is ...

Circle Gas has acquired clean cooking PAYG technology and are launching it in Kenya

In January 2020, Circle Gas Limited, acquired KOPAGAS’s technology in a transaction worth $25 million. The acquisition, thought to be the largest ever pure private equity investments in the clean cooking technology sector, gives Circle Gas access to KOPAGAS’s trademarked ...

2020’s resolution: Giving the planet a breath – and data

The ocean’s health faces many threats including warming, acidification, overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution. There is an emergency to restore and protect our coral reefs and the abundance of our marine life if we want to keep our primary O2 factory in order.

Indonesia’s tech giants and unicorns catapult MSMEs into the digital economy

Merchant payments is one of the more complex use cases of mobile money. Providers need to cater to the differing needs of both customers and merchants. Arguably, digitising payments alone is unlikely to be incentivising enough for merchants. Instead, success relies on ...

What is the revenue opportunity for mobile money providers in digitising agricultural payments?

Mobile money providers have seen high adoption and usage of mobile money services in predominantly urban areas. Digitising agricultural payments is an opportunity to unlock growth in rural areas and drive financial inclusion amongst smallholder farmers. The GSMA AgriTech ...

Kampala Capital City Authority – Unlocking the power of mobile-enabled Sanitation

According to Kampala Capital City Authority’s (KCCA) sanitation mapping data from 2017, out of the 1.5 million people that live in Kampala, 94% are not connected to sewer lines for transporting waste away from their residences, as a consequence, they must rely on-site ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: SkyEye, Samoa

Samoa, like most other small Pacific Islands, has challenging logistical infrastructure due to the lack of a national addressing system. This makes it difficult for small businesses to market themselves and to use e-commerce to grow their business. SkyEye, in Samoa, develops ...

More needs to be done to ensure persons with disabilities access and use of accessibility features

Accessibility features are necessary for mobile to fully become an assistive technology and facilitate connection and participation of persons with disabilities in everyday activities that were not previously possible.

Agri e-commerce: Achieving scale through strategic partnerships

During our webinar in October 2019 – Collaborating for success in the agri e-commerce sector – we covered topics ranging from how agri e-commerce is formalising food value chains to considerations and challenges when choosing an agri e-commerce business model. In this final ...

The versatility of mobile money: Insights from Jordan and Uganda

Employing mobile money-enabled CVA can come with its own challenges and adapting the service to the country context is critical, as highlighted in M4H’s case studies on Jordan and Uganda.

Bigger, bolder and better – The Africa Start-up Summit by Seedstars

Bigger, bolder and better – The Africa Start-up Summit by Seedstars The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to attend the annual Africa Seedstars Summit in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 December 2019. The event brought together various stakeholders including start-ups, ...

Econet’s EcoSure Solution: Driving Women’s Financial Inclusion in Zimbabwe

“Women need to be listened to. Technology is technology; it is the emotional appeal that will carry the day.” Godwin Mashiri, General Manager of Econet EcoSure, shares the importance of financial inclusion for women in Zimbabwe and the influential role they play.

Introducing ShelterTech: Leveraging technology to support people experiencing homelessness

In the United States today, people depend on internet connectivity to live, work, and interact. Yet far too many people – especially in historically overlooked and underserved communities – are increasingly being left behind. What does this digital inequity mean for ...