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The OECD’s CRS: What mobile money providers must do

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What is the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard? The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is an information standard for the Automatic Exchange Of Information (AEOI) regarding financial accounts between tax ...

When great minds meet to address the future of the platform economy in Tunisia

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In recent years, Tunisia has witnessed an increasing growth in start-up innovation thanks to its regulatory framework, the Start-up Act. By prioritising entrepreneurial culture and digital transformation, the Start-up Act has positioned Tunisia as an important hub in the ...

Mobile money in 2020 and beyond: How is Asia’s growing mobile money footprint boosting financial inclusion in the region?

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This is the second in a series of blogs focusing on the findings of the 2021 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money. Find blog 1 here. High adoption is fuelling competition and has driven the region to a new major milestone Since mobile money’s inception in 2006, Asia ...

AgriTech UX in an Era of Remote Work

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This is the third blog in a series introducing the grantees and key partners supporting The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains. This blog was jointly written with our global UX and product design partners, Dela Kumahor and Yann le Beux (YUX ...

Exploring the use of mobile technology in participatory forest management

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Forests play a crucial role in stabilising our climate by regulating ecosystems, protecting biodiversity, absorbing carbon, and reducing soil erosion. However, forests and forest-related livelihoods remain under threat from deforestation and forest degradation: 290 million ...

Learnings from M4H Innovation Fund grantees’ responses to the Nyiragongo Volcanic Eruption

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On Saturday, 22 May 2021, the Nyiragongo volcano began to erupt 16 kilometres from the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The volcano released ash and lava, which spread into the city, eventually stopping just 300 metres from Goma airport. At least 31 ...

Promoting inclusive digital agriculture: GSMA’s new self-assessment tool

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Digital agriculture solutions have the potential to provide farmers with improved access to markets, information and farm equipment. However, many farmers, including those with disabilities, still face barriers to accessing these benefits. Agritech companies and other ...

Building and strengthening holistic digital ecosystems through strategic partnerships

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COVID-19 has emphasised the importance of digital humanitarian assistance. As social distancing requires increased remote delivery of services and information, mobile network operators (MNOs) are leveraging their core services to serve the public, and partnering with ...

The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2021

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In a year of unprecedented stress, loss and continuous uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic, mobile phones provided a lifeline for women to stay afloat. Across low- and middle-income countries, 3 billion people now access the internet on a mobile phone[1], and for most ...

Staying connected: Digital Platforms supporting MSME COVID-19 recovery in Asia Pacific

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This blog is the final in a two-part series on how digital platforms can help emerging economies recover from the economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first blog explored the same topic for Africa. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt businesses across the globe, the ...

GSMA Makes Bold Commitments at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris

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The GSMA has made bold commitments on behalf of the mobile industry to tackle the mobile gender gap and promote digital inclusion for women and girls at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris. The forum was convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and ...

Catalysing Digital Innovation in Plastics and Waste Management: The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services

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The world currently produces over 2 billion tonnes of solid waste every year, according to the World Bank, and by 2050 this is expected to increase to 3.4 billion tonnes. Around 12 per cent of our waste is made out of plastic – one of the world’s least-perfect recyclable ...

Mobile money and international remittances: Enabling recovery during COVID-19

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Since 2016, the GSMA has supported the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) – adopted by the United Nations General Assembly – which is observed annually on 16 June. This year, the GSMA is continuing to support the International Fund for Agricultural Development ...

Using the Interoperability Test Platform for Certification & On-boarding

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Last year, the GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab launched a new platform aimed to help financial services providers test their interoperability processes: the Interoperability Test Platform. The platform allows the industry to test their own systems across different use cases but was ...

Introducing the new B4LL App: how biometrics technologies may change services for emerging markets

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In March earlier this year, we launched our Biometrics for All (B4LL) asset – a multimodal biometric showcase for enabling digital service providers to test different biometric solutions for multiple use cases in emerging markets; all using a safe environment. (More details ...

COVID-19: How is digital agriculture helping farmers?

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From the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 to February 2021, the GSMA AgriTech programme spoke to 40+ organisations, from farmer organisations to agritech companies, agribusinesses and mobile operators to understand how digital agriculture is helping farmers with their ...

The Renewable Energy Dashboard

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the GSMA ClimateTech Renewable Energy Dashboard. In this blog we will answer some frequently asked questions about the Dashboard, explaining what it is and how you can use it in your work. What is the Renewable Energy Dashboard? The ...

The value of partnerships 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 ...

Developing guidelines for humanitarian cash assistance in Somalia

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Many humanitarian actors apply the consortium approach as a tool for coordination, learning, alignment and accountability. The Somalia Cash Working group (SCWG) leads the inter-sectoral cash coordination mechanism with an aim of improving the coordination of cash assistance, ...

Driving digital accessibility: the mobile industry perspective

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Having worked on the Assistive Tech Programme for almost two years, it’s become habit to notice accessibility and inaccessibility all around me. A few days ago I was staring at the braille on my daughter’s medication packaging and it ...