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Accelerating clean energy innovations in Africa – our takeaways from the ‘Transforming Energy Access’ conference

This blog post has been co-authored with Nicolas Snel, Senior Insights Manager, Mobile for Development Utilities. On 7 March 2019, the GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities team was invited to participate in the conference, ‘Transforming Energy Access: Innovations ...

Faecal Sludge Management and AfricaSan conferences: Addressing Africa’s sanitation challenge

Though the event was explicitly Africa-focused, around 1,200 sanitation practitioners from all over the world joined the fifth conference for Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) in Cape Town on 18 – 22 February. This year the FSM conference was jointly conducted with ...

Digital payments in water: Findings from two new research projects

In the second half of 2018, the GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities programme and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) collaborated to explore the opportunities and challenges in offering digital payments in the water sector. In addition, the M4D ...

What does Intelligent Connectivity mean for utilities in emerging markets? Our takeaways from MWC Barcelona and 4YFN 2019

From Monday, 25 – Wednesday, 28 February, the Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities team participated in Mobile World Congress 2019 (#MWC19) in Barcelona. This year’s overarching theme, ‘Intelligent Connectivity’, aimed to mark the beginning of a new era of highly ...

International Women’s Day: Meet eight start-up founders from our portfolios

As Friday, 8 March marks International Women’s Day – the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities and Ecosystem Accelerator teams are collaborating to celebrate the achievements of some of the female leaders within our respective Innovation Fund current and past portfolios, by ...

Intelligent Utilities for All

This blog is the foreword, written by Mats Granryd, our Director General, from the latest edition of our GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities Annual Report, covering sector trends, the work of the M4D Utilities Innovation Fund grantees and that of the programme, since ...

Sharing three key learnings from our Asia Industry Forum

In the last week of January, our team gathered in Colombo to host the GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities programme’s Asia Industry Forum. The forum brought together actors from the mobile, energy, water and sanitation sectors that are striving to improve access to ...

Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities – meet us at MWC Barcelona 2019!

The biggest annual event in the mobile industry is less than three weeks away. Join the Mobile for Development Utilities team from 25 to 28 February at MWC Barcelona 2019! To help you navigate our activities during this packed week, we thought we’d put together a short blog ...

Towards smart sustainable sanitation for all: Our three takeaways from the Toilet Board Coalition’s annual gathering

On 16 and 17 January, the Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities team was invited to attend the annual gathering of the Toilet Board Coalition in Geneva. The gathering brought together a wide-range of leading sanitation sector stakeholders from the private sector (large ...

Mobile money transaction fees and utility bill payments in emerging markets

According to the GSMA 2017 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money, Sub-Saharan Africa alone has 135 live mobile money services processing $19.9 billion transactions in value per year. The growth and increased sophistication of mobile money ecosystems across the globe ...

Bringing the mobile and utilities sectors together in Asia

Heading into our sixth year at the GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities programme, we’re pushing harder to support partnerships between the mobile industry and utility service partners in Asia. Since the beginning of our programme, we’ve seen more partnerships in ...

Four takeaways from Unlocking Solar Capital Africa

It was great to be back at the Kigali Convention Centre for GOGLA and Solar Plaza’s Unlocking Solar Capital Africa event on 7 – 8 November 2018, just a few months after the GSMA held its Mobile 360 – Africa event there. It was the perfect setting to consider what ...

World Toilet Day – to flush down the sanitation challenge, we need to think beyond toilets

Reducing the number of people without access to basic sanitation services remains one of the most complex and pressing global development and public health challenges. 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services (with almost half forced to defecate in the ...

From pay-as-you-go solar to pay-as-you-go smartphones and cookstoves: Insights from VITALITE, Zambia

VITALITE received a grant from the GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities Innovation Fund in October 2017 to trial smartphone and cookstove add-on products for their pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar home systems (SHS) in Zambia. The project aims to leverage the PAYG mechanism ...

The geographical expansion of the IPN Hub and its utility beyond PAYG Solar

The Instant Payment Notification (IPN) Hub is an industry utility created by the GSMA to enable ecosystem players to connect more easily to mobile money providers – bringing fundamental utility services (such as electricity, water and sanitation) to off-grid populations. The ...

Reflecting on World Water Week and introducing our new report on the key trends in mobile-enabled water services

This blog was co-authored by Akanksha Sharma and Michael Nique. Water scarcity is becoming the new normal. Access to freshwater is essential to life – and yet today millions around the world suffer from water scarcity. The lack of access to freshwater affects more than 40 ...

Svadha – developing a digitally enabled sanitation ecosystem in Odisha, India

Every day in India, over 500 million people practice open defecation that could lead to adverse health implications such as diarrhoea, anaemia and stunted growth, especially amongst women and children. Apart from being a health hazard, absence of toilets means that millions ...

Our experiences from Kigali and Mobile 360 – Africa

Our Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities team held a two-day event in Kigali, prior to also supporting Mobile 360 – Africa. The team held both a grantee workshop as well as a mobile network operator (MNO) roundtable, which included a field visit. Our grantees were excited ...

Takeaways from the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2018 in Manila

On a hot June morning, I make my way through the busy streets of Manila towards the Asian Development Bank headquarters. It is the week of the Asia Clean Energy Forum and the ADB office is buzzing with a diverse mix of project developers, financial institutions, non-profits, ...

Instant Payment Notification (IPN) Hub crosses one million transactions

This blog was co-authored by Anant Nautiyal. A single-point of integration to accelerate the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) industry In a previous blog, we highlighted how the Instant Payment Notification (IPN) Hub, an industry utility created by the GSMA, has been connecting mobile ...