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

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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

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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

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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

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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  

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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

How effective is your Business Continuity Management Implementation? Part 1

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This is the first blog in a two-part blog series on the effectiveness of the implementation of Business Continuity Management.  It is interesting to actually sit back and think about this question, whilst the purpose of any Business Continuity Management implementation seems ...

Palestinian mobile network operator Jawwal signs the GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter

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We are happy to welcome Jawwal as the latest mobile network operator to join the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter. In this guest blog, Jawwal outline the crucial role they play in Palestine, ensuring their customers are connected to mobile services and communities are ...

Managing disaster response through mobile: focus on the Asia Pacific region

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The Asia Pacific is the world’s most disaster-stricken region, with natural disasters alone accounting for over 340,000 deaths in the last twelve years. The region is diverse, experiencing varying degrees of economic growth across sub-regions, with markets in South Asia ...

Nokia becomes the latest member of the GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter

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We are pleased to announce that Nokia has become the most recent organisation to endorse the principles of the GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter. They join Ericsson, as well as Humanitarian organisations UN OCHA, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and IFRC, in ...

The critical importance of connectivity

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This is a guest blog written by Imogen Wall. Imogen Wall is a freelance communications consultant specialising in communciation and connectivity as forms of assistance for those affected by crisis. A former BBC journalist, she has worked for the United Nations on the front ...

Refugees and Connectivity: Industry efforts highlighted at United Nations General Assembly

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This week, world leaders, civil society (and the odd celebrity) have descended on New York City for UN General Assembly week. The focus this year shifts to the urgency of the refugee and migrant crisis. It is clear that without addressing the over 60 million people who are ...

Deutsche Telekom – Helping refugees integrate

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Nearly 1 million refugees have arrived in Germany over the past 12 months. In its response, Deutsche Telekom has focused on helping them find work and integrate into German society. In 2015 and 16, refugees arrived in Germany in record numbers: nearly 500,000 asylum claims ...