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Catalysing Digital Innovation in Plastics and Waste Management: The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services

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The world currently produces over 2 billion tonnes of solid waste every year, according to the World Bank, and by 2050 this is expected to increase to 3.4 billion tonnes. Around 12 per cent of our waste is made out of plastic – one of the world’s least-perfect recyclable ...

Announcing the launch of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services

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This week the GSMA announced the launch of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Urban services such as plastics and waste management, energy, water, and sanitation are essential to ...

Growing adoption of mobile money in the water and sanitation sectors

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

Opportunities and challenges for water and sanitation providers in the pandemic

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

The impact of funding digital innovations to respond to COVID-19: Water and sanitation

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

Smarter subsidies and digital innovation: Implications for utility services

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This blog is the second in a two-part series. Subsidies in the utility sectors Utility services – particularly water and energy – are among the most heavily subsidised sectors globally. Government subsidies to water and sanitation total $320 billion annually, ...

Smart subsidies and digital innovation: Lessons from Togo’s off-grid solar subsidy scheme

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This blog is the first of a two-part series. Mobile money-enabled digital payments have become central to the off-grid energy sector – particularly due to the rapid expansion of pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar-home-systems throughout many African countries. In 2019, 2.19 million ...

What we’ve learned about the role of mobile network operators in pay-as-you-go solar

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Since 2013, our Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities Innovation Fund has awarded grants to many mobile-enabled off-grid energy services, including several frontier companies providing pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar home systems (SHS). We have awarded grants to both PAYG solar ...

Mobile Alert Toilets: Using sensors to improve waste management in sanitation

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Introduction by Zach White, Insights Manager, GSMA In this guest blog from Mobile Alert Toilets (MAT), Joyce Klu (MAT founder and CEO) and Denzel Wamburu (MAT data engineer) take a close look at how sensor technologies are advancing and how these can be used in sanitation ...

Insights from Thrive Asia Pacific 2020: Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities through Digital Solutions

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The GSMA Thrive Asia Pacific 2020 event took place from 3 to 5 November 2020. The Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities programme hosted a session focused on ‘Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities through Digital Solutions’. This session featured a range of different ...

Container based sanitation alliance and Loowatt – digital tools for container-based sanitation providers

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In the last decade, container-based sanitation (CBS) solutions have been emerging as a viable low-cost option for sanitation service delivery, particularly in low-income urban settlements where demand for sanitation services is high and on-site sanitation (i.e. septic tanks) ...

Insights from Thrive Africa 2020 – scaling digital utility solutions through partnerships

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The GSMA Thrive Africa 2020 event took place from 29 September to 1 October 2020. The Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities programme hosted two sessions focused on ‘Digital Utility Solutions for the Urban Poor’ and ‘The Future of Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) Partnerships’. These ...

VITALITE Zambia – learnings from providing pay-as-you-go smartphones through pay-as-you-go solar

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The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme has been working since 2013 to unlock new business models that leverage mobile technology to deliver affordable energy services in emerging markets. Over the last eight years the GSMA has supported the emergence of the ...

Electric Vine Industries – Powering remote communities with microgrids in Indonesia

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Electric Vine Industries (EVI) is a private microgrid developer founded in Indonesia. In June 2018, EVI received a grant from the GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities Innovation Fund to integrate Linkaja’s mobile money service into EVI’s power metering payment ...

World Water Week 2020 At Home – Scaling Digital Innovations in Urban Water

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World Water Week At Home was hosted virtually between 24 and 28 August 2020. The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities team hosted a panel session focused on the topic of scaling digital innovations in the urban water sector in emerging markets. With the increasing ubiquity ...

Safe Water Network: Key lessons from digitalising Small Water Enterprise operations

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Over 80 per cent of Ghanaians have access to an improved water source piped to their homes or within a 30-minute round trip, and this figure has been steadily improving in recent years. However, this means 20 per cent of the population, over 5 million people, are reliant on ...

Partnering to minimise electricity theft and line losses in Pakistan – Jazz, CISNR and PESCO

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Jazz (VEON Group) is one of Pakistan’s leading mobile network operators with a 36.4 percent market share. Over the past few years, Jazz has invested in building intelligent systems to digitise electricity infrastructure and distribution in Pakistan. In May 2018, ...

Mobile operators get significant value from pay-as-you-go solar – what’s next for these partnerships?

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It’s easy to assume that pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar has great value for mobile operators as customers use mobile money for regular payments, and can more easily keep their phones charged. But we need to quantifythis value in order to really understand why and how ...

Uduma: Key learnings from deploying PAYG digital water pumps in Burkina Faso and Mali

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In 2000, 51 per cent of the rural population in Burkina Faso had access to a basic water service. However, by 2017, this figure had plummeted to 35 per cent, leaving 10.5 million rural Burkinabés behind. Uduma belongs to the ODIAL solutions group along with Vergnet Hydro (a ...

Gham Power: Lessons learned from The Rural Electrification Micro-grid Project in Nepal

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This is a guest blog, written by Bishwaraj Bhattarai, the Project Manager at Gham Power and whom leads the Off-Grid Bazaar project. Founded in Nepal in 2010, Gham Power develops solar micro-grids and commercial off-grid systems in developing countries. It focuses on ...