Mobile for Development Blog

Filter

Partnerships are key to scaling sustainable sanitation solutions – Highlights from The Global Sanitation Economy Summit 2019

The Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities team, represented by Radhika Sarin, was in Pune to attend the Global Sanitation Economy Summit last month. The Summit brought together 400 participants including sanitation businesses, investors, development agencies, government and ...

Humanitarian Innovation: Highlights from Round 3 and Trends from across the M4H Innovation Fund

In July 2019, with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the GSMA launched the third round of the M4H Innovation Fund – offering grants and technical assistance for projects focused on forced displacement and complex emergencies within Asia ...

Seeking sustainable solutions for water and sanitation in emerging economies

The GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities Programme was pleased to join over 3000 water and sanitation sector professionals from 90 countries at the bi-annual IWA Water and Development Congress and Exhibition, which was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 1 – 5 December. ...

Making the connection between mobile money and climate change

Climate change has rapidly become a concern for central banks, financial regulators, and ministries of finance. In September 2017, AFI member institutions formulated the Sharm El Sheikh Accord on Financial Inclusion, Climate Change and Green Finance, which sets commitments ...

Social commerce: blurring the line between social interaction and online shopping

The global spread of social media coupled with the rapid growth of e-commerce is giving rise to a new trend where content sharing, messaging and payments converge. Social commerce—the use of social interactions combined with the transactional nature of e-commerce—has led to ...

Learning by seeing and doing: How our field trip to Indonesia is stretching our thinking on all things payments

Earlier this year, we published a paper exploring the potential pathways for evolving the mobile money business model. With internet and smartphone penetration in emerging markets at an all-time high, the paper seeks to clearly articulate how mobile money providers can adapt ...

Telecom circularity – as a service

There is little doubt technology will play an increasingly big role in society in years to come. A role that is also about enabling the Sustainable Development Goals. But how can tech become in line with societal needs, itself?

Effective sales strategies for tech start-ups in emerging markets

Scaling a start-up can certainly be challenging in emerging markets. It requires a thoughtfully developed sales process, intentionally recruited salespeople, and effective training and leadership to support them. Challenges with hitting sales targets are often repercussions ...

Plastic waste – a new currency in low income countries

The global plastic production is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years with growth fastest in countries with a lack a reliable waste-management system. Whether we like it or not: plastic is here to stay.

How can operators drive the inclusion of persons with disabilities?

As part of our research this year, we investigated the different activities in which MNOs are actively working for the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Considerations and challenges of agri e-commerce business models

In October 2019, we hosted the webinar Collaborating for success in the agri e-commerce sector, where we spoke to industry players Tani Hub and Lima Links as well as AgriTech investor GreenTec Capital Partners about setting up agri e-commerce platforms, and what ...

The IRC’s shift to digital humanitarian assistance

Every year, millions of dollars in cash assistance are being delivered via mobile money, supplanting traditional delivery methods. The case study explores the IRC’s experience partnering with mobile network operators (MNOs) in six countries, and the experiences of clients ...

The mobile disability gap: how do persons with disabilities access and use mobile in Kenya and Bangladesh?

When someone is born with or develops an impairing condition, they often face barriers impeding their participation in society which results in their disability. Assistive technologies (ATs) are products, services and systems that can help persons with disabilities to live ...

Agri E-commerce: A new approach to formalising food value chains

Smallholder farmers produce and sell nearly 80% of the food consumed worldwide but remain widely excluded both financially and from formal value chains. Facing significant challenges and limits to productivity, some 70% of these farmers operate in informal value chains ...

Streamlining the complexity of urban sanitation with digital solutions

This blog concludes a blog series leading up to World Toilet Day (today!). The first blog of the series focused on highlighting the challenge of sanitation service provision in developing countries, and the potential of mobile-enabled solutions to help bridge the gap. The ...

Sanergy: Using mobile to unlock circular economy approaches to sanitation in Nairobi

This blog is part of a series leading up to World Toilet Day taking place on the 19th of November. The series will feature innovative business models leveraging digital solutions to improve sanitation services and draw learnings from the five sanitation service providers ...

Can mobile help solve the sanitation challenge?

This blog is the first in a series leading up to World Toilet Day, which is 19 November. In the series, we will zoom in on innovative business models leveraging digital solutions along the sanitation value chain and feature learnings from the five sanitation service ...

Technological innovation solves challenges and drives scale in Uganda

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team, represented by Peter Ndichu, was in Kampala, Uganda in late October 2019. The aim of the trip was two-fold. Firstly, it was to conduct a market visit to our local portfolio start-up, Ensibuuko, and secondly to participate in Kampala ...

What is the promise of mobile money cash and voucher assistance in Jordan?

This blog post was co-authored by Elizabeth Barnhart, Senior Cash Based Interventions (CBI) Coordinator at UNHCR Jordan. Two weeks ago, at one of the largest refugee registration centres in the Middle East and North Africa, the GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation ...

Digital inclusion is not negotiable

Around the world, digital, data and technology are changing the way we live and work. The internet is a major aspect of this shift, and is shaping business, education and communication for billions of people. Mobile technology is playing a key role in delivering these ...