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Highlights from the Mobile Money Hackathon in Kigali

In July 2018, twelve teams from across East Africa gathered at the Impact Hub in Kigali, Rwanda, to compete in the fourth ever GSMA Mobile Money Hackathon in partnership with service providers MTN Rwanda and Airtel-Tigo and platform provider Mahindra Comviva. Previously held ...

Developing a currency exchange functionality to drive mobile money usage: a new mobile money innovation in Somaliland

GSMA’s Claire Scharwatt spoke to Telesom CEO Abdikarim Mohamed Eid about M-Exchange, Telesom’s latest mobile money innovation. . . Claire Scharwatt: ZAAD is one of the most successful mobile money services globally. Can you give us an overview of the service and share an ...

Leading investors and the GSMA: Promoting responsible business practices in digital financial services

In June 2018, over 50 fintech investors and digital finance innovators launched the Guidelines for Investing in Responsible Digital Financial Services during an event hosted by Goodwell in Amsterdam, which was attended by over 100 investors from around the world. The ...

GSMA Mobile Money celebrates the International Day of Family Remittances

GSMA Mobile Money celebrates the International Day of Family Remittances 2018 with Alexander De Croo.

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 ...

Opportunities to leverage mobile money data to improve access to the digital economy

This blog is based on research by Analysys Mason. The innovative and effective use of mobile money provider (MMP) data is able to support operational efficiencies and customer outreach – but it is also able to drive new and enhanced products and services, both for consumers ...

Launching Mobile Money Metrics – a comprehensive set of global metrics

Co-authored by Mia Ryan, Marketing Manager, Mobile Money. Today, we are delighted to announce the launch of Mobile Money Metrics, an interactive tool that provides a comprehensive set of global metrics for the industry. Mobile Money Metrics combines unique data sources that ...

Introducing new mobile money estimates to capture the rapid transformation of the global industry

This blog was co-authored by Nuno Afonso, Senior Analyst, GSMAi. For the past seven years, the GSMA Mobile Money programme has been collecting and analysing industry data via the Mobile Money Deployment Tracker and annual Global Adoption Survey. Our annual State of the ...

Accelerating the digitisation of international remittances through mobile money

International remittances provide the most tangible link between migration and development. At more than three times the size of official development assistance, remittances are a lifeline for many people in developing countries. In 2017, remittance flows to developing ...

Moving beyond over-the-counter transactions

Over-the-counter (OTC) activity, which involves an agent performing a transaction on behalf of a customer, remains important particularly in regions where the OTC customer experience can spread awareness of mobile money and enable mobile money to reach poor and illiterate ...

P2G payments via mobile money: unlocking opportunity for consumers, governments and providers

This is the second of a two-part blog series in conjunction with Bankable Frontiers Associates (BFA). The first blog can be read here. In our last blog, we considered the fertile conditions for scaling mobile person-to-government (P2G) payments in Ghana, and the barriers to ...

Launching the GSMA Mobile Money Certification

Today, we are delighted to announce the launch of the GSMA Mobile Money Certification. Years in the making, this global industry initiative is the result of committed collaboration between many mobile money providers and the GSMA. It’s worth pausing for a brief reflection on ...

Mobile money interoperability in Bolivia – a case study in Latin America

Haga clic aquí para el blog en español Over the last years, the Mobile Money Programme has highlighted the growing relevance of bank-to-mobile integration and the multiple methods to achieve such interconnection. The 2017 State of the Industry Report highlighted that ...

The opportunity for mobile money person-to-government payments in Ghana

This blog was written jointly by Nic Wasunna and Amolo Ng’weno, East Africa Director at BFA and is the first in a two-part series. We recently shared some lessons from Kenya’s person-to-government (P2G) payments experience, highlighting how mobile money has the potential to ...

Devergy: Leveraging a mobile services bonus to encourage the use of mobile money wallets for smart solar mini-grids in Mbeya, Tanzania

This blog was written by Salima Fazal Karim, former Senior Market Engagement Manager for Mobile for Development Utilities. In 2015, the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities Programme awarded a grant to Devergy to roll out their mobile-enabled pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar ...

Unlocking the digital potential of Pakistan’s e-commerce industry

In 2015, the GSMA published a report on the evolution of digital societies in Asia, providing a deeper understanding of e-commerce in Southeast Asia. Our findings from that research compelled us to keep a close watch on the e-commerce industry in Pakistan and its sharp ...

Enterprise Solutions: The next frontier for mobile money

Co-authored by Francesco Pasti. Mobile money needs to diversify beyond individual customers With 690 million registered accounts worldwide, mobile money has evolved into a leading payment platform for an emerging digital economy. However, as a service that was born primarily ...

Launch of the 2017 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money

Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of the 2017 State of the Industry report on Mobile Money. With our annual report now in its seventh year, this year’s SOTIR focuses on numerous new trends to have emerged in mobile money in 2017 – from the accelerated growth of ...

Key stakeholders are coming together to digitise the last mile of agricultural value chains in Ghana

As part of a series of three country-focused reports that highlight pathways to digitising the last mile of agricultural value chains, we previously shared findings from Uganda and Côte d’Ivoire. In this blog, drawing on findings from our third report, we take a closer look ...

Unlocking PAYG Utilities through mobile money

Globally, 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity. Current trends suggest Africa will not achieve universal access to electricity until 2080. In order to address this need, a new generation of entrepreneurial businesses have taken on the challenge of providing critical ...