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World Toilet Day 2022: Celebrating innovation in sanitation

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This World Toilet Day, the Digital Utilities programme wanted to take a moment to recognise and celebrate some of those bringing innovative solutions to the sanitation sector. This blog highlights three areas where digital technology is pushing services further, and the ...

Introducing JanaJal: Clean water via mobile water ATMs for Delhi slum residents

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JanaJal is a brand by Supremus Developers, delivering safe drinking water using technology-based solutions in India.

Introducing Soso Care: Micro health insurance from waste plastic recycling

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Soso Care is a micro mobile health insurance company, using an innovative approach to providing health insurance to low-income populations in Nigeria.

Introducing Bhumijo: Digitalising public washrooms in Dhaka

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Bhumijo is a social start-up working to ensure hygienic, inclusive and affordable public sanitation. The company runs a network of public toilets and washrooms serving low-income areas in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Introducing Diyalo: Digital solutions for water utilities in Nepal

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Diyalo is a digital solutions provider in water, working in Nepal. The company has previously developed a suite of utility management tools which have been deployed with a range of water utilities and water service providers. Only 52 per cent of Nepalis have access to piped ...

Introducing ATEC: Pay-as-you-go electric cooking for low-income customers in Bangladesh

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ATEC provides sustainable, affordable, and accessible clean cooking products for bottom of the pyramid communities through an electromagnetic induction stove solution (eCook stove) that provides clean and affordable cooking.

Introducing Koolboks: Pay-as-you-go solar refrigeration in Nigeria

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Koolboks provides pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar-powered refrigeration solutions, and their innovative product uses ice, as well as batteries, to convert the power of the sun into cooling.

Innovative Finance, Digital Adoption, and Partnerships: Our reflections from World Water Week 2022

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The GSMA Digital Utilities programme was pleased to join water and sanitation professionals from over 130 countries at World Water Week in Stockholm from 23 August to 1 September.  We contributed to the conversation by hosting two virtual sessions. ...

Introducing Powerstove: Pay-as-you-go smokeless biomass cooking in Nigeria

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Powerstove distributes cookstove units to low-income urban populations in Nigeria through a pay-as-you-cook model where the cookstove functionality and usage can be monitored through IoT technology, and enables users to generate earnings from carbon credits.

Introducing Regenize: Using digital tools to formalise and incentivise recycling in South Africa

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Regenize provides a decentralised recycle collection solution which makes recycling more accessible, inclusive, and rewarding, and provides a ‘freemium’ recycling collection service that incentivises residents with a virtual currency that can be redeemed for rewards such as ...

Introducing ReCircle: Digitising the waste supply chain in India

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ReCircle, a brand of Swachh Sustainable Solutions, are building a digital platform that aggregates the collection and processing of dry waste to sell Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) credits to businesses, such as Hindustan Unilever Limited, and Dabur in India.

Introducing Freetown Waste Transformers: Organic waste to energy in Sierra Leone

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Freetown Waste Transformers are successfully deploying a waste-to-energy pilot using proprietary technology to convert organic waste into electricity, heat, and fertiliser right at customers’ doorsteps, cutting costs on energy and waste management bills.

Challenges and opportunities in the ‘new normal’ for start-ups in the APAC region

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Overview: It all began with COVID-19 It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has left the global economy struggling, with low– and middle-income countries facing the most pronounced challenges and macroeconomic headwinds. Growth is slowing, inflation is on the ...

The role of mobile coverage data in integrated energy planning: The case of the Democratic Republic of Congo

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The rise of integrated energy planning in low- and middle-income countries Data-driven integrated energy planning strategies have become a critical tool in coordinating and accelerating investments in energy access. These strategies also serve as a foundation for ...

Driving alternative service delivery in South African informal settlements – Lessons from GreenCape

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In this guest blog from GreenCape, Reshmi Wolvers (Project Manager, Alternative Service Delivery Unit) and Cilnette Pienaar (Head of Communications) highlight the Alternative Service Delivery Unit’s unique working model that is increasing access to essential urban ...

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 ...