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Sustainable Waste Management: Highlights on digitalisation and partnerships from Freetown, Sierra Leone

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This blog presents highlights from a discussion hosted by the GSMA Digital Utilities programme together with Freetown Waste Transformers on the challenges of waste management in the city of Sierra Leone, including opportunities for digital solutions and innovative ...

Announcing The GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation Cohort 2.0

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Announcing the `11 start-up organisations selected under the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation 2.0

To deliver on its promises, digital financial services must hear the voice of consumers

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Amidst the global surge in digital financial services adoption, a collaborative effort between GSMA and Consumers International highlights both progress and challenges in ensuring these innovations deliver on their promises, particularly for vulnerable consumers. Drawing ...

Trends in Innovation Pitches: Opportunities for Climate Tech Investment

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This blog presents an analysis of key trends from the applications for the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation 2.0, and expands on analysis of emerging trends within climate tech innovation from the first round of this Fund.

Understanding AI for sustainable development in Africa  

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AI innovations have the potential to contribute to economic growth in Africa, and are playing an increasingly important role in the region's sustainable development. Read the blog to discover more about these possibilities, alongside the challenges to fostering AI-enabled ...

How user-centred design can improve agri e-commerce interfaces that cater to the needs and literacy levels of smallholder farmers  

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Agri e-commerce has become a viable alternative to traditional unstructured markets. E-commerce platforms have enormous potential to transform agricultural trading. They enable the selling and buying of agricultural produce online. Doing so allows farmers to sell directly to ...

Combler le fossé hommes-femmes en matière de technologie mobile en Afrique subsaharienne : Une opportunité sociale et commerciale 

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En Afrique subsaharienne, les téléphones portables transforment la région de manière sans précédent. Ils ont évolué au-delà de leur fonction première de communication pour devenir des moteurs de progrès dans de nombreux domaines tels que la santé, l'éducation, la finance et ...

Closing the mobile gender gap in Sub-Saharan Africa: A social and commercial opportunity  

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, mobile phones are reshaping the region in unprecedented ways. They have transcended their initial purpose of communication to become catalysts for progress in various areas, including healthcare, education, finance and agriculture, offering innovative ...

Mobile-enabled early warning in Cambodia: Field visit with GSMA Innovation Fund grantees 

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In January 2024, we visited Cambodia where we were hosted by two organisations from the GSMA Innovation Fund for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action, People in Need and ActionAid. Both organisations have been instrumental in developing the EWS 1294 system for Cambodia, launched ...

Accelerating Impact through Innovation

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) funding gap challenge Social impact ventures face a range of diverse and complex challenges to scale their impact in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), including limited market access, a lack of infrastructure, regulatory ...

Connectivity in Crisis: The humanitarian implications of connectivity for crisis-affected communities

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Connectivity has changed the nature of humanitarian crises and humanitarian response. More and more, affected people and humanitarian responders rely on connectivity for information, coordination and services. And, while this increasingly connected world has many benefits, ...

The GSMA Agritech Accelerator Bootcamp: Building synergies to deliver on the Accelerator’s objectives

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‘The cross-learning from other innovators and networking opportunities has been amazing,’ remarks Peter Okonmah, co-founder of Nigerian smart farming agritech FarmSpeak Technology Limited. This is just one example of the many positive testimonials validating the purpose of ...

Five steps to measuring environmental impact of climate tech innovation

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There is still much to learn about measuring and attributing the impact of climate tech solutions, and in particular, the environmental impact. Rapidly advancing climate tech offers significant potential to serve as a catalyst for climate action.

Reflections from COP28: Digital will be central to climate action

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Digital will play a key role in climate action. Read our reflections from COP28.

Enhancing commercial sustainability of assistive tech solutions through business-to-business models

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Digital assistive technologies (AT) are a gateway for persons with disabilities to access life-enhancing services and opportunities that can enable them to live more independent and autonomous lives. In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), nearly half (around 43%) of ...

J-Palm Liberia: Transforming sustainable palm oil through mobile blockchain technology

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J-Palm in Liberia, is revolutionising the sustainability of wild palm oil in West Africa using mobile and blockchain technology, and strengthening the climate resilience of communities.

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Humanitarian Challenges is open for applications

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Humanitarian Challenges. As global humanitarian needs continue to rise, the Fund will leverage our proven innovation fund model to provide grants as well as additional non-financial and technical support ...

By invitation: Ian Ferrao explains how mobile money could grow in Sub-Saharan Africa 

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In April 2023, the GSMA Mobile Money Programme hosted a workshop for several mobile money providers in London – as part of the launch of the 11th annual State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money (SOTIR). At the workshop, we discussed industry progress and concerns with ...

Sustainable impact: Scaling digital innovation in Africa 

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In October 2023, as part of MWC Kigali, the GSMA Innovation Fund hosted a panel session on sustainable impact in Africa, hearing from both start-ups and investors.   This panel briefly introduced several pathways to scale identified in the Scaling Digital Innovation report ...

Lessons from MWC Kigali: What will it take to develop inclusive AI for development in Africa?

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Successful leverage of AI can propel advancement in a range of sectors from healthcare to climate resilience. Discover what is key to making this progress inclusive in the African context, with the insights from our AI for Development roundtable held at MWC Kigali 2023.