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The Future of Digital Utilities in Pakistan: The role of digital innovation and partnerships

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This is a guest blog about an upcoming event, written by Zunaira Ali, from the National Incubation Centre of Pakistan. You can attend this online event by registering below. If you have any additional questions on the workshop please reach out to mshoukat@gsma.com. As a ...

Improving Women’s Digital Safety with Mobile Tokenisation

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In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), like Ghana, the wide-ranging benefits of mobile technology are evident in the everyday life of underserved communities. Mobile enables access to voice and communication services, and provides a preferred, and often first, entry to ...

Our latest data highlights the urgency to address the mobile gender gap two years into the COVID-19 pandemic

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Over the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of access to mobile and mobile internet. Women in particular have been disproportionately negatively impacted by the pandemic and mobile has provided them with a means to mitigate many of the ...

Building resilience of Thailand’s rural micro and small agribusinesses through mobile and frontier technologies

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Agriculture remains a major source of livelihood for rural households in Thailand, employing about a third of the country’s workforce. However, the underperformance of the sector continues to raise concerns, and incomes remain unstable for smallholder farmers. In addition, ...

Digital Inclusion at MWC Barcelona 2022

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MWC Barcelona and 4YFN 2022 kicks off on Monday 28 February and runs until Thursday 3 March. When you’re at MWC in person, you very quickly realise that it really is the world’s largest and most influential connectivity event. The impressive exhibits and conference agenda ...

Three lessons from Nokia Saving Lives, GSMA-funded innovation 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 ...

In Conversation with OmniVis: Rapid Cholera Testing in Kenya and Bangladesh

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It is estimated that each year there are 1.3 to 4 million cases of cholera worldwide and close to 143,000 deaths. In 2017, this number catapulted when over 1 million individuals were infected in Yemen as the country underwent political and military crisis. A lower priority ...

COVID-19: Using innovative technology to overcome the crisis and reshape the future of the economy

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Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech industry has witnessed a surge in innovations empowering governments, societies, and businesses with tools and assets to deal with social and economic challenges. In Tunisia, many start-ups have provided value across several sectors ...

The Mobile Money Regulatory Index Report 2021: An indispensable guide to assessing the impact of regulation upon mobile money

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The Mobile Money Regulatory Index Report 2021: An indispensable guide to assessing the impact of regulation upon mobile money The GSMA have produced the Mobile Money Regulatory Index (MMRI), a unique tool for the assessment of the effectiveness of mobile money regulatory ...

Enabling Smart Metering in Pakistan: FINCA and SBEEC

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Introduction With increasing pressure on Pakistan’s limited energy and gas resources, Pakistani companies are seeking ways to decrease costs and adopt renewable sources that better match energy supplies and demand. One innovation many companies are considering is smart ...

Adapting monitoring and evaluation tools to design impactful digital services

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This is the eighth blog in a series introducing the GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains, including its grantees, supporting partners and processes. Putting farmers at the centre of digitising the agricultural last mile The GSMA Innovation Fund ...

Protecting women’s identities through mobile tokenisation

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Mobile technology is being used to change lives and bring new solutions and services to underserved communities. According to the GSMA’s Mobile Gender Gap Report 2021, 143 million fewer women than men own a mobile across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and women ...

Framework for the assessment of emergency response policy by national authorities

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Effective management of risks associated with disasters depends on the level of preparedness and communication and information sharing across all levels of government, within humanitarian communities, and across public and private sector organisations. Numerous after-action ...

Mobile for Development at COP26

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In the beginning of November this year, the world leaders came together for COP26 in Glasgow to accelerate climate action across the globe. Mobile and digital services form an important part of the solution. In this blog, we highlight how GSMA Mobile for Development ...

Understanding informal youth employment in the mobile industry in Sub-Saharan Africa

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In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the supply of labour significantly outweighs demand, leading to high rates of informal employment for youth. It is estimated that between 80 and 95 per cent of youth take up informal jobs, which are critical in providing an income and ...

The value of meeting virtually

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Our seventh blog in the series on The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains explores how we have shifted our annual learning and knowledge sharing event for grantees from face to face to online, in response to the continued global travel ...

How do people in humanitarian crises use their mobile phones? Introducing our new research

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The role that mobile connectivity plays in the lives of people affected by humanitarian crisis has never been more important to understand. Connectivity, or the lack of it, is now central to many dimensions of lives and livelihoods. Digital channels have played a large role ...

Enabling Government-Innovator partnerships in Lagos: Insights from our workshop

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On 17 November 2021, the GSMA Digital Utilities programme together with Utopia, an innovation group focused on emergent cities, hosted a workshop with over 25 participants. This virtual invite-only convening featured stakeholders from both the public and ...

In conversation with Solidarités International: Artificial Intelligence in a humanitarian context

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Since September 2020, Solidarités International has been a part of our GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian (M4H) Innovation Fund portfolio. The Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges. Solidarités International, a French ...

GSMA’s Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund: Grantee Portfolio 2017-2022

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We are delighted to publish the ‘GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund Portfolio 2017 – 2022’, a report detailing each of the exciting and impactful projects to have received funding and support from the M4H Innovation Fund* since its inception in 2017. When we ...