Mobile for Development Blog


Mobile based voice biometric identity: an emerging technology that could assist vulnerable populations

Safaricom PLC officially launched the Jitambulishe (identify yourself) voice biometric (VB) service for its subscriber base. The service allows subscribers to access personalised self-service offerings by authenticating themselves via voice biometric recognition.

A right to identity is a right to a future

The GSMA Digital Identity programme continues to play a key role in exploring, advocating and raising awareness of the opportunity for mobile to improve access to official identification and identity-linked services.

When ID works for women: initial findings from Sri Lanka

As part of the Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative, Caribou Digital conducted interviews during fieldwork in Colombo and its outskirts to explore the role of ID for women and work. 

Digital identity for the underserved and the role of mobile

This free one-day course highlights the role of mobile in digital identification systems and how digital identity can empower people to become digital citizens who can fully participate in today’s digital economy.

Digital identity opportunity in mobile-enabled social benefits programmes

Mobile technologies offer SCT and similar social benefits programmes a way to greatly reduce operational costs, so that donor funds can more effectively reach a larger number of beneficiaries. Here are two areas where adoption of mobile technology in social programmes can be ...

Creating an ‘economic ID’ for SMEs in Lagos

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

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.

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.

Understanding Capture and Validate KYC Processes

Whilst governments can take different approaches to implementing SIM registration, we have asserted that ‘Capture and Validate’ (C&V) processes give the highest level of confidence that the person registering a SIM ‘is who they claim to be’.

Digital identity opportunities for women: Insights from Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Rwanda

Through discussions with more than 300 people across the three countries – including experts from the mobile industry, international development community, and private sector - we identified and explored a range of opportunity areas for mobile.

Identity and the Urban Poor

Despite a shortage of urban-rural disaggregated data on national identity coverage, evidence from most countries suggests that access to identity is generally highest in more developed urban areas, and lowest in rural locations. Our own on-the-ground research – which now ...

Economic ID for farmers: a practical solution for cocoa farmers

In this blog, we introduce Kojo. Kojo is an archetypal smallholder cocoa farmer in Ghana, representing well over 800,000 cocoa farming families in the country.

Exploring the Gender Gap in Identification: Policy insights from 10 countries

The ability to prove your identity is fundamental to exercise your rights and secure access to a wide range of vital services such as healthcare, education, mobile connectivity, social security programmes and financial services. Globally, there are still one billion people ...

Digital identity opportunities in Malawi, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Zambia

Over one billion people around the world, including more than 230 million women and girls in the Commonwealth, lack official proof of identity. Recognising that mobile technology and mobile network operators (MNOs) are well-positioned to tackle this issue, we explored the ...

Digital identity insights from Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Rwanda

For the one billion people globally without any official identification, mobile technology has the potential to deliver identity solutions that enable them to live a better life. However, in order to achieve this we need to understand how individuals use (or don’t use) ...

Access to Mobile Services and Proof of Identity 2019: Assessing the impact on digital and financial inclusion

Our latest research report explores the linkages between access to mobile services and access to formal identification as well as how this impacts the ability of underserved populations to be digitally and financially included.

Innovative mobile solutions linking health and identity for better service delivery

The mobile industry has shown its commitment to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while the ubiquity of mobile devices has enabled mobile technology to play an important role in the delivery of services aimed at achieving those goals.[1]  SDG 3 aims to ...

Innovative solutions to Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations in emerging markets

The impact of mobile money in expanding financial inclusion is well-proven, with 272 deployments in 90 countries.  The Global Findex illustrates how mobile money is shaping the payments landscape, with 21 per cent of adults in Sub-Saharan Africa holding a mobile money ...

Recognising Urban Refugees in Jordan: Opportunities for mobile-enabled identity solutions

By Matthew Wilson and Jenny Casswell More than one billion people globally are unable to prove their identity. In an increasingly digitised world, where two-thirds of all people have a mobile phone, identity is a foundational element of this digital environment and being ...

Mandatory SIM registration: policy and regulatory perspectives in the absence of data protection laws

The mobile sector is creating a major socio-political and economic impact across the globe. In the past ten or so years, GSMA has produced a significant body of knowledge and learnings around the applications of mobile for development (M4D). Indeed, the mobile industry has ...