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The challenge of service provision in intermediary cities: In search of solutions

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Why are intermediary cities important? By 2050, two billion additional people are expected to live in urban areas meaning that two out of three people in the world will be living in cities. While this statistic has been at the forefront of urban development ...

The shared value of pay-as-you-go solar: How trends are impacting partnerships

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The GSMA Digital Utilities programme hosted a webinar with industry stakeholders to discuss the shared value of pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar for consumers, mobile operators and service providers. We also shared insights from our new report on the impact of PAYG solar on the ...

The role of digital innovation in solving the urban mobility challenge in Lagos

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Following our workshop in November 2021 on government-innovator partnerships in the waste management and urban mobility sectors in Lagos, we invited one of the speakers to discuss the topic further.  This guest blog – written by Yinka Jones, a Project ...

Digital platforms for utility services – emerging trends and what might come next

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A question we get asked a lot at the Digital Utilities programme is: When are we going to see the Uber for water? This question points to two things. First, that in many peoples’ minds digitalisation has become synonymous with the deployment of digital ...

Announcing The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services Cohort

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Africa and Asia are projected to account for 90 per cent of global urban growth from now until 2050. Unfortunately, urbanisation in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is not always accompanied by inclusive growth and structural transformation with informal settlements ...

Insights from ‘The Future of Urban Utility Services in Pakistan’ virtual workshop

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On 16 March 2022, the GSMA Digital Utilities programme, in partnership with National Incubation Center Pakistan, hosted a virtual workshop with over 100 participants. This provided a forum for these stakeholders to discuss key challenges and opportunities for public-private ...

Application Trends and Highlights from The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services

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In May 2021, The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digital Urban Services was launched to catalyse investment in start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises working in Africa, South and Southeast Asia that leverage digital technology to deliver digital urban ...

The Future of Digital Utilities in Pakistan: The role of digital innovation and partnerships

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This is a guest blog about an upcoming event, written by Zunaira Ali, from the National Incubation Centre of Pakistan. You can attend this online event by registering below. If you have any additional questions on the workshop please reach out to mshoukat@gsma.com. As a ...

Enabling Smart Metering in Pakistan: FINCA and SBEEC

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Introduction With increasing pressure on Pakistan’s limited energy and gas resources, Pakistani companies are seeking ways to decrease costs and adopt renewable sources that better match energy supplies and demand. One innovation many companies are considering is smart ...

Enabling Government-Innovator partnerships in Lagos: Insights from our workshop

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On 17 November 2021, the GSMA Digital Utilities programme together with Utopia, an innovation group focused on emergent cities, hosted a workshop with over 25 participants. This virtual invite-only convening featured stakeholders from both the public and ...

Using digital tools to improve the commercial sustainability of container-based sanitation models

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The number of people living in informal settlements is expected to reach three billion by 2030. At the same time, two billion people currently lack even a basic level of sanitation service. With urbanisation accelerating across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), ...

Driving the conversation about Government–Innovator Partnerships on Urban Mobility and Waste Management in Lagos, Nigeria

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Utopia, an innovation group focused on emergent cities, and the GSMA Digital Utilities programme have teamed up to organise a virtual workshop where digital urban innovators and urban policymakers in Lagos can have a conversation on how to bolster government– start-up ...

Pay-As-You-Go smart assets increase farmers’ climate resilience

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Innovation SunCulture Pay-As-You-Go solar irrigation systems Partners SunCulture, Energy Access Ventures, Microsoft, REEEP, MIT, PG Impact, GSMA, EDF, Shell Foundation, SNV, USAID, EEP Africa, Mercy Corps, DPI, Acumen Capital Partners, Self Help Africa Smallholder farmers ...

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 ...