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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.

Introducing Diyalo: Digital solutions for water utilities in Nepal

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Diyalo is a digital solutions provider in water, working in Nepal. The company has previously developed a suite of utility management tools which have been deployed with a range of water utilities and water service providers. Only 52 per cent of Nepalis have access to piped ...

ITC and the GSMA launch new Broadband Commission Working Group to drive digital inclusion of MSMEs

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The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the GSMA launched a new Working Group on the digital inclusion of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in low- and middle-income countries. The initiative was announced at the Broadband Commission for Sustainable ...

Introducing ATEC: Pay-as-you-go electric cooking for low-income customers in Bangladesh

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ATEC provides sustainable, affordable, and accessible clean cooking products for bottom of the pyramid communities through an electromagnetic induction stove solution (eCook stove) that provides clean and affordable cooking.

Introducing Koolboks: Pay-as-you-go solar refrigeration in Nigeria

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Koolboks provides pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar-powered refrigeration solutions, and their innovative product uses ice, as well as batteries, to convert the power of the sun into cooling.

Innovative Finance, Digital Adoption, and Partnerships: Our reflections from World Water Week 2022

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The GSMA Digital Utilities programme was pleased to join water and sanitation professionals from over 130 countries at World Water Week in Stockholm from 23 August to 1 September.  We contributed to the conversation by hosting two virtual sessions. ...

Introducing Powerstove: Pay-as-you-go smokeless biomass cooking in Nigeria

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Powerstove distributes cookstove units to low-income urban populations in Nigeria through a pay-as-you-cook model where the cookstove functionality and usage can be monitored through IoT technology, and enables users to generate earnings from carbon credits.

Introducing Regenize: Using digital tools to formalise and incentivise recycling in South Africa

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Regenize provides a decentralised recycle collection solution which makes recycling more accessible, inclusive, and rewarding, and provides a ‘freemium’ recycling collection service that incentivises residents with a virtual currency that can be redeemed for rewards such as ...

Introducing ReCircle: Digitising the waste supply chain in India

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ReCircle, a brand of Swachh Sustainable Solutions, are building a digital platform that aggregates the collection and processing of dry waste to sell Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) credits to businesses, such as Hindustan Unilever Limited, and Dabur in India.

Introducing Freetown Waste Transformers: Organic waste to energy in Sierra Leone

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Freetown Waste Transformers are successfully deploying a waste-to-energy pilot using proprietary technology to convert organic waste into electricity, heat, and fertiliser right at customers’ doorsteps, cutting costs on energy and waste management bills.

Exploring climate finance from a mobile and digital technology lens

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Strengthening the climate finance landscape with digital technology and moving the dial in climate financing in low- and middle-Income countries (LMICs).

Too many are still offline: Global figures mask regional and demographic disparities

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There are two ways people can be ‘unconnected’; either they live in an area not covered by mobile broadband, or they live in an area that is covered but do not use mobile internet. Usage gap: refers to those who live within the footprint of ...

FISCAL POLICIES AND MOBILE MONEY SUSTAINABILITY: LESSONS FROM TANZANIA

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Renowned as one of the pioneers of mobile money services, Tanzania boasts itself as having a well-controlled and governed liberal regulatory framework allowing banks and non-banks to offer financial services. This is further supported by the Mobile Money Regulatory Index ...

Digitising Rwanda’s Tea Value Chain: What are the opportunities?

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This is the sixth blog in a series of blogs introducing the grantees and key partners supported by the GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains. Agriculture contributes 33 per cent to Rwanda’s national GDP and 72 per cent of the working population ...

Leveraging mobile technology to meet humanitarian needs through strategic partnerships

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Partnerships between the mobile industry and the humanitarian sector have been increasing remarkably since the onset of Covid-19, with more humanitarian organisations adopting digital solutions to deliver assistance. The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation (M4H) ...