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Improving digital skills among rural women: An interview with Telenor Pakistan

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In today’s world, we know that mobile internet can bring invaluable benefits to millions of people worldwide. However, women do not equally partake in this opportunity. Pakistan has one of the largest mobile gender gaps in the world – women are 38% less likely ...

How do free data bundles affect new mobile internet users?

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Mobile internet provides invaluable access to a number of resources including information, learning opportunities, business development, communication and entertainment. Despite these benefits, non-data users can be hesitant to spend their limited financial resources on a ...

‘Building Climate Resilient Digital Nations’ session at GSMA Mobile 360 APAC

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Earlier this month, we concluded the Mobile 360 APAC conference, an invitation-only in person event in Singapore on 2 and 3 August 2022. The overall event was themed ‘Building Digital Nations’, largely focusing on how governments in the Asia Pacific region are harnessing the ...

Challenges and opportunities in the ‘new normal’ for start-ups in the APAC region

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Overview: It all began with COVID-19 It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has left the global economy struggling, with low– and middle-income countries facing the most pronounced challenges and macroeconomic headwinds. Growth is slowing, inflation is on the ...

Inclusive digital transformation in Southeast Asia: What initiatives should be prioritised?

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This blog summarises key themes discussed during the GSMA Mobile360 APAC 2022 session titled 'Southeast Asia - Mobile and Frontier Tech for the SDGs'.

The role of mobile coverage data in integrated energy planning: The case of the Democratic Republic of Congo

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The rise of integrated energy planning in low- and middle-income countries Data-driven integrated energy planning strategies have become a critical tool in coordinating and accelerating investments in energy access. These strategies also serve as a foundation for ...

Introducing the ‘Platforms for Tomorrow’ acceleration programme in Tunisia

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In the recent years, businesses have started to adopt the ‘Platform Economy’ model in managing their operations to ensure scalability and increase their reach. Platform Economy refers to a business model that leverages digital technologies to enable connections, ...

How can digital tools support rural tourism enterprises in Thailand?

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This blog looks at how digital tools can support rural tourism enterprises in Thailand.

How crowding-in can drive greater impact in the digitisation of agricultural value chains

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In parallel to delivering the FCDO funded GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains (IF), the AgriTech programme has been supporting the “crowding-in” of other stakeholders in the agritech ecosystem who we were unable to directly support through ...

Three lessons from Ahlan Simsim, Sesame Workshop’s 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 second round of the Fund focused on; testing new technical solutions; catalysing ideas to improve or transform ...

Plastic Waste: An urgent global problem

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Globally, less than 10% of plastic is recycled, and 75% of all plastics ever produced has become waste. In this blog, the GSMA looks at how partnerships between plastic organisations and MNOs can resolve the plastic waste problem and impact the triple bottom line opportunity ...

Driving alternative service delivery in South African informal settlements – Lessons from GreenCape

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In this guest blog from GreenCape, Reshmi Wolvers (Project Manager, Alternative Service Delivery Unit) and Cilnette Pienaar (Head of Communications) highlight the Alternative Service Delivery Unit’s unique working model that is increasing access to essential urban ...

Mobile Money: Driving affordable and resilient international remittances at scale

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As mobile money expanded into the mainstream and increasingly diversifies into digital finance products, crossing the $1 trillion transaction mark in 2021, remittances have become a key mobile money use case. The number of international remittances sent and received via ...

Field Focus Week ‘22: Mitigating barriers to scaling key Agriculture digitisation use-cases

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The focus of this blog is to provide an overview of the discussions from the latest Field Focus Week (FFW) event. The blog summarises key bottlenecks faced by the AgriTech grantees in their attempt to sustainably scale key digitisation use-cases and poses questions whose ...

The challenge of service provision in intermediary cities: In search of solutions

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Why are intermediary cities important? By 2050, two billion additional people are expected to live in urban areas meaning that two out of three people in the world will be living in cities. While this statistic has been at the forefront of urban development ...

Strengthening disaster preparedness in the Philippines through digital innovation

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This blog looks at how digital innovation can strengthen Early Warning Systems in the Philippines, and provides recommendations for stakeholders involved in the development, management and financing of systems.   

The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2022

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Progress in closing the gender gap in mobile internet use has stalled More than 3.2 billion people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) now access the internet on a mobile phone. Mobile is the primary way men and women access the internet in LMICs, accounting for 85% ...

Improving accessibility for vulnerable populations: The mobile industry’s efforts

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Smartphones are so convenient. From reading a map to paying a bill or making a business deal, to sending schoolwork or ordering medication and groceries, they help us with our everyday lives, across all the generations. And now, this portal in the palm of your hand is ...

World Refugee Day – The power (and limits) of mobile technology

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Worldwide 89.3 million people are forcibly displaced 27.1 million of these people have crossed a border and are refugees. As a result of conflict, violence, human rights violations, and increasingly severe climate shocks, a growing number of people are forced to flee homes ...

The fintech behind mobile money: The power of developer tools to drive innovation

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Mobile money continues to be a vital driver of financial inclusion. The increase of mobile money solutions and the reach of their agent networks has helped to spread the access to money transactions over different places and services. Today, the market is progressing to move ...