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Growing adoption of mobile money in the water and sanitation sectors

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

Balancing tradition and digitisation in the tea sector in Sri Lanka

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This is the second blog in a series introducing the grantees and key partners supporting The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains. “I’ve heard of mobile money, but I’m not really sure what use it is to me…” An ...

Digital Identity & Mobile: The Power Duo behind Inclusive Digital Transformation and 5 trends we’ve spotted over the last year

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The COVID pandemic has amplified the role of mobile in enabling access to life-enhancing digital services in one’s own name by empowering individuals to assert their identity digitally (and remotely). Through our projects and research, generously supported by the UK’s ...

How TowerCos are tackling increasing cell site power demands using energy efficiency, mini-grids and renewable energy solutions

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The first and the second blogs of our renewable energy series, focused on how ecosystem players and MNOs are using renewable energy (RE) solutions to overcome technical and geographic challenges, expand networks into unconnected areas and lighten operator balance sheets. For ...

Opportunities and challenges for water and sanitation providers in the pandemic

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

Three lessons from the Lumkani, Fire Detection and Insurance GSMA grant 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 ...

The impact of funding digital innovations to respond to COVID-19: Health, education and food security

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

Building resilience through mobile-enabled solutions: Lessons for innovators

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Mobile networks and the connectivity they provide can be a lifeline for those affected by sudden-onset disasters and protracted humanitarian crises. Be it access to critical information, the ability to communicate with family and friends, or through the provision of ...

Driving inclusion of farmers with disabilities through digital agriculture

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Around 70 per cent of world’s population relies upon food produced by smallholder farmers[1]. However, many farmers experience poor access to services, markets and assets that impact their livelihoods and leaves them vulnerable to external events like climate change. Digital ...

Digital Dividends in Plastic Recycling

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Plastic is an integral and valuable part of the global economy, and is used in thousands of products that add comfort, convenience and safety to our everyday lives. It supports innovation in medicine, lightens cars and airplanes (saving fuel and, therefore, emissions), ...

The impact of funding digital innovations to respond to COVID-19: Water and sanitation

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

Mobile money: Embracing Disruption and Building Resilience

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This is the first in a series of blogs focusing on the insights from the State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2021. A couple of weeks ago, we launched this year’s State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money. In a year like no other, the report looks at how the ...

COVID-19 and digital humanitarian action: Virtual vs in-person training

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This blog post is the final in a series exploring COVID-19 and its impact on digital humanitarian action. More findings related to current trends, risks and the path forward can be found in our report. Since August 2019, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been a ...

Mobile Money API Specification 1.2 – Release Blog

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Mobile money continues to grow exponentially across developing markets – the GSMA State the Industry Report 2021 highlights include 1.2 billion accounts in 2020, with 310 providers responsible for transacting $2.1 billion every day.  Enabling seamless integrations ...

The GSMA Mobile Money API as an enabler for Sustainable Development Goals

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Mapping GSMA Mobile Money API use cases to the SDGs Since their inception, mobile money services have long been discussed as a vector for financial inclusion. In a previous report, Harnessing the Power of Mobile Money to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we explored ...

Announcing the GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion Grantees

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For most of the world’s population, mobile is the primary way to access the internet. Although access to mobile internet is driving digital inclusion, there is still a ‘usage gap’ with over 3.4 billion people living in areas covered by mobile broadband networks but who are ...

Top 10 recommendations for reaching women with mobile

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Relevant for mobile operators, policymakers, the development community and other stakeholders who are seeking to reach women with mobile products and services in low- and middle-income countries. How can mobile operators reach women with mobile across low- and middle-income ...

Combating climate change with mobile and digital technologies

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In November, the UK hosts COP26 in Glasgow. We will seek to accelerate action to reduce emissions, strengthen adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, scale up means of implementation, protect and restore nature, and empower inclusive action. ...

GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion: Highlights from the Top 100 Pitches

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Despite the increases in mobile broadband coverage worldwide, a large gap remains in usage. 3.4 billion people live in areas covered by a mobile broadband network but are still missing out on the potentially life-enhancing benefits of using the internet on a mobile.[1] ...

Exploring the GSMA’s position on mobile money taxation

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We have previously highlighted the potential negative effects of tax policies implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Mobile money taxes imposed in these countries have been burdensome for the industry’s development and mobile money users, having raised the transaction ...