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Announcing the first two Disaster Response Innovation Fund grantees

In September 2017, with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the GSMA launched its Disaster Response Innovation Fund. The Fund was designed to invest in innovative solutions that leverage mobile technologies to save lives, alleviate suffering ...

5 Ways that Mobile is a Lifeline for Refugees and Displaced People

The UN Refugee Agency’s annual Global Trends study published today highlights that forced displacement is at a record high, with 68.5 million people driven from their homes by the end of 2017. Yet, there is optimism that digital solutions and the ubiquity and pace of growth ...

Preparing for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has just begun, we continue to reflect on the impact of the 2017 hurricanes in the Caribbean. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the worst ever recorded, causing widespread destruction, loss of life and long-term economic ...

Humanitarian Innovation: Key Trends from Round 1 of the Disaster Response Innovation Fund

Returning from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, one thing was clear; the topic of humanitarian innovation is becoming mainstream. MWC always provides an opportunity to find out about the latest innovations in the sector and this year there were no shortage of ...

Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation

For those of us at the GSMA, Mobile World Congress in many ways is the pinnacle of our year: an opportunity to meet and bring together our mobile industry and other partners, to showcase the progress made on our key topics and facilitate discussions that we hope will help ...

Humanitarian Payment Digitisation: Focus On Uganda’s Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement

For the first time in Uganda, mobile network operators (MNOs) are offering their mobile money bulk payment services to NGOs for the delivery of humanitarian cash transfers (HCT) to refugees. Our latest report explores how humanitarian organisations are collaborating with ...

Three takeaways from the Techfugees inaugural Global Summit

On 24 & 25 October the Disaster Response programme took part in the Techfugees Global Summit in the world’s largest start-up campus, Station F, in Paris. The event brought the tech community together with refugees and humanitarian organisations to showcase how technology ...

Sudatel highlights the mobile industry’s key role in elevating the quality of life for Internally Displaced People

In July 2017, Sudatel Group became the newest signatory of the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter (HCC), bringing the total number to 115 MNOs across 78 countries. Signatories of the HCC work to implement a number of activities to enhance access to communications and ...

International Day for Disaster Reduction: Industry response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Annually on 13th October, the International Day for Disaster Reduction, we reflect on the need for enhanced resilience and preparedness around the world. This year, just weeks after we have witnessed the destructive power of two of the Hurricanes on record, the message ...

Meeting humanitarian challenges with mobile: M4D at UNGA

Last Thursday, on September 19th, GSMA Mobile for Development held a breakfast event in the SDG Media Zone at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the opportunities presented by mobile technology in meeting humanitarian challenges. At the event participants heard ...

The Disaster Response Innovation Fund is open for applications

Since the inception of GSMA’s Disaster Response programme in 2012, we have worked with our GSMA members, humanitarian partners and the wider private and humanitarian sectors to drive the creation and adoption of coordinated, impactful solutions and practices that leverage ...

How effective is your Business Continuity Management Implementation? Part 2  

 This blog looks at how an organisations Business Continuity Management implementation may be deemed effective or ineffective. As already highlighted in the first part of this blog series, it is important for organisations to view such implementation beyond IT infrastructure ...

Mobile is a Lifeline: Research from Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, Tanzania

Today, at the GSMA’s Mobile 360 – Africa we are launching a new report documenting the socio-economic impact of mobile connectivity for refugees in Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania. At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 10 months ago, we embarked on a journey to ...

On #WorldRefugeeDay: A Look at Refugees and Identity

Today, on the 20th of June, the international community is celebrating World Refugee Day by drawing attention to the unprecedented and ever-increasing number of people who have been forced to traverse international borders to escape physical, economic and social hardships ...

One year on from the World Humanitarian Summit: New Research on Mobile Money, Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Displaced Populations

One year ago today, world leaders, humanitarian agencies, civil society, and the private sector gathered in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). The WHS was called in response to the scale of human suffering caused by conflict and disasters around the world, and ...

The mobile industry perspective and key takeaways from UNESCO’s 2017 Mobile Learning Week

We were fortunate to attend UNESCO’s 2017 Mobile Learning Week, where the theme was ‘Education in Emergencies and Crises’. We are currently witnessing the highest levels of displacement ever recorded – an estimated 65.3 million people worldwide (UNHCR, ‘2016 Global ...

Managing disaster response through mobile in Latin America

The region of Latin America comprises of 50 countries spread across Southern and Central America as well as the islands of the Caribbean. Latin America is considered a developing region, with an average GDP per capita of $8,363. As a result, the region has found that ...

Creating a Culture of Preparedness: Humanitarian Connectivity Charter Annual Report Launch

On the second anniversary of the launch of the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter (HCC), we are pleased to be launching the inaugural Humanitarian Connectivity Charter Annual Report at Mobile World Congress 2017. In 2012, GSMA established the Disaster Response programme at ...

Displaced Populations, Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Mobile Money

At the World Humanitarian Summit last year, the GSMA committed to broaden the remit of Humanitarian Connectivity Charter to offer expertise in mobile-enabled fund disbursement and disaster preparedness. As the number of displaced people worldwide continues to rise, more ...

At Davos: mobile recognised as a critical tool in humanitarian response

The world is facing unprecedented humanitarian challenges with widespread acknowledgement of the need to change the way the international community responds to increasingly complex crises. In 2017, the humanitarian sector is seeking USD 22.2 billion to reach more than 93 ...