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Mobile technology is driving the digitisation of water utilities in emerging markets

This blog was originally been published by the International Water Association (IWA) as part of our contribution to the IWA’s Digital Water Programme Steering Committee. Despite some progress in extending access to safely managed water services in developing countries, the ...

Banglalink and the GSMA partner to increase digital literacy in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has a population of 160 million people, of which around 90 million are mobile users. 50% of the population is still not using the internet, but despite this, digital platform-based services are increasing at a rapid pace.

Africa Tech 2.0: A growing ecosystem with convening power

Between 10 and 14 June, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team participated in four Africa start-up focused events held in three different countries: Tech in Ghana Conference (UK), Africa Tech Summit (UK), Africa NOW By Google and Partech (France) and MEST Summit (Kenya). These ...

Achieving SDG 7 – from commitments to action

The last week of June 2019 brought together organisations and agencies active in enabling sustainable energy access from across the globe in the city of Amsterdam. Weaved around two major events, the Global Off Grid Lighting Association’s Annual General Meeting (GOGLA AGM) ...

GSMA AgriTech: Digital disruption of the agricultural sector in Sub-Saharan Africa

Over the last ten years, the GSMA AgriTech programme has profiled a range of different digital agricultural solutions that are disrupting agriculture and improving smallholder farming. During our breakfast session at M360 Africa, we plan to take a detailed look at the ...

Join the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team at Mobile 360 – Africa 2019

The 2019 GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa conference is fast approaching and will be held in Kigali between 16 and 18 July. From start-ups to mobile operators, regulators to tech hardware manufacturers, NGOs to banks, the event will bring together over 1,000 mobile industry ...

Creating an ‘economic ID’ for SMEs in Lagos

We explored the potential of an ‘economic ID’ for SMEs in Lagos.

618 active tech hubs: The backbone of Africa’s tech ecosystem

This blog has been co-authored by Dario Giuliani (Founder of Briter Bridges) and Sam Ajadi (Senior Insights Manager, Ecosystem Accelerator team). Technology ecosystems across Africa have witnessed incredible growth over the past few years, mainly boosted by a torrent of ...

How regulators are working towards an enabling framework for mobile money in Vietnam: Learnings from the mobile money capacity building workshop

The GSMA Mobile Money team recently conducted a Capacity Building workshop on ‘Mobile money for promoting financial inclusion’ in Hanoi, Vietnam. The workshop was well attended with 150+ representatives from the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC), Vietnam ...

Coming back to Senegal: A digital transformation in progress

During the last week of June, our team was invited to participate in the first edition of Sonatel (Orange Group)’s Digital Teranga Days, aimed at driving digital transformation across Orange countries of the region. The objective of this week was also to support our two ...

Water in the context of other global development challenges: Our takeaways from the KfW Water Sector seminar

On 12 June, the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities team was pleased to participate in Kreditanstaltfür Wiederaufbau’s (KfW) Water Sector seminar near Frankfurt. The seminar brought together KfW’s water sector professionals from country offices throughout the world, as ...

The Ethiopia tech ecosystem: A sleeping giant is waking up!

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team, represented by Martin Karanja, was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in early June 2019, firstly for a market visit to our local portfolio start-up, TaskMoby. Secondly, to participate in Startup Ethiopia, a first of its kind event focusing on ...

Digitisation of agricultural value chains: Lessons learnt across Africa and South Asia

From Accra to Colombo, smallholder farmers face many of the same challenges in accessing relevant information and financial services that will help improve their productivity and profitability.

Mobile money: promoting the use of faster, safer and cheaper international remittances

The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is a globally recognised observance adopted by the United Nationals General Assembly, which celebrates the pivotal role of remittances in improving the lives of millions of migrants and their families. GSMA Mobile Money has ...

Closing the identity gap for women and the role of mobile: 5 insights from the Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative

At Mobile360 Africa we’ll be sharing our insights on ‘Closing the identity gap for women and the role of mobile’.  We hope that you’ll be able to join this session in person – and to help whet your appetite we are sharing five of our top insights from this work.

Svadha – an ecommerce platform for sanitation solutions in India

In October 2014, the Prime Minister of India launched an ambitious national sanitation programme that aims to eliminate open defecation by 2019. The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) has received unprecedented political support and mobilised $25 billion from government, the ...

Propelling Women in Tech across emerging markets: Our reflections on female entrepreneurship

In 2017, we published a blog highlighting the socio-economic benefits brought by female entrepreneurs to their local economies. Borrowing the words of Warren Buffet, to exclude women from the ecosystem would be ‘a waste of human talent’ – pushing ‘50% of the population…into ...

The role of privacy frameworks in building trust for digital identity services

The GSMA conducted end-user research to explore attitudes around privacy and trust both in the presence and absence of comprehensive data protection frameworks, as well as consumers’ willingness to access digital services linked to their identity details.

Fostering ecosystems and entrepreneurship in the Pacific – the Australian Government, GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator and Seedstars

Kenya, Indonesia, Tanzania, India, Jordan, Colombia, Vietnam, Brazil, Ethiopia – over 90 local Seedstars start-ups competitions, now Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa! Our mission is to build synergies between start-ups and mobile operators, with the aim of scaling innovative ...

How do mobile money-enabled remittances contribute to achieving the SDGs?

With over 866 million registered accounts across 90 countries globally, mobile money is ideally placed to accelerate the formalisation, accessibility and affordability of international remittances. Today mobile money has evolved into a sophisticated value proposition that is ...