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COVID-19: Strengthening well-being through innovation

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused global disruption in the provision of essential goods and services, and Tunisia is no exception. Tunisia recorded its first COVID-19 cases in March 2020 rising to 423 cases by the end of the same month and the government quickly responded by ...

Insights from evaluating SkyEye

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SkyEye is a Samoan start-up that provides localisation and mapping solutions to solve logistical challenges in Pacific Island countries. In November 2018, the Ecosystem Accelerator programme – supported by the Australian Government and UK Foreign, Commonwealth & ...

Impactful Innovation: Insights from evaluating Sehat Kahani

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Founded in Pakistan, Sehat Kahani is a digital health start-up that connects home-based female doctors with communities where access to quality healthcare is limited. In February 2018, the Ecosystem Accelerator programme – supported by the Australian Government and UK ...

When great minds meet to address the future of the platform economy in Tunisia

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In recent years, Tunisia has witnessed an increasing growth in start-up innovation thanks to its regulatory framework, the Start-up Act. By prioritising entrepreneurial culture and digital transformation, the Start-up Act has positioned Tunisia as an important hub in the ...

Staying connected: Digital Platforms supporting MSME COVID-19 recovery in Asia Pacific

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This blog is the final in a two-part series on how digital platforms can help emerging economies recover from the economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first blog explored the same topic for Africa. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt businesses across the globe, the ...

The value of partnerships 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 ...

Scaling digital services 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: Health, education and food security

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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 ...

Five key insights from user-centred evaluation and design thinking sprint of a recycling start-up in Côte d’Ivoire

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More than five million tonnes of waste is generated each year in Côte d’Ivoire, a number that is expected to double by 2030. Less than half of the current waste is collected, and only about three per cent is recycled. The rest ends up primarily in open landfills or streets, ...

Staying connected: Digital platforms supporting MSMEs through Africa’s COVID-19 crisis

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This blog is the first in a two-part series on how digital platforms can help emerging economies recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second blog will explore the same topic for the Asia Pacific region.   This blog is co-authored by Matthew ...

Five key insights from evaluating a GSMA EdTech grantee in Côte d’Ivoire

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Côte d’Ivoire has made significant strides in improving access to education for all children; however key challenges still exist to keep students in school and ensure they receive a quality education. While primary school enrolment rates have increased to nearly 100 per ...

Low Tech, High Impact: USSD in the time of COVID-19

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Basic and feature phone technologies have revolutionised how people in emerging markets interact, as stated in our 2018 report on Mobile Technology for the SDGs: Reaching Further with Low Tech. Despite growing smartphone penetration on the continent and the growing ...

Supporting entrepreneurship in the Indo-Pacific region – Extending our partnership with the Australian Government

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We are excited to announce that our GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Ecosystem Accelerator programme, which has actively supported entrepreneurship in the Indo-Pacific region since 2017, is now extending its partnership with the Australian Government.   The COVID-19 ...

Start-ups have begun their journey through the LaunchPad 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic represents one of the most profound challenges to economic development and human wellbeing in a century. The pandemic will exacerbate the inequalities and hardships faced by already vulnerable groups and threatens to undermine the Indo-Pacific’s ...

Exploring the Rising Tunisian Start-up Ecosystem

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In 2019, the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) published the Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI), measuring the quality of start-up ecosystems on a country level. Tunisia ranked second in Africa based on 14 values measuring the ...

The Start-up Challenge 2020 is forging innovation despite this year’s global context

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Inspired by last year’s response to the Seedstars Pacific regional bootcamps and pitching competitions, with the help of the Australian Government, we’ve continued to support entrepreneurship ecosystem building activities in Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa. In our effort to ...

Driving the adoption of tech solutions across Africa

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Lessons learnt from developing and scaling innovative mobile solutions in Africa In the last four years, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme has supported innovative start-ups across developing markets by providing grant funding, technical support and opportunities to ...

Using technology to fight COVID-19: A spotlight on SMS-based education start-up, Eneza Education

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This blog is the second in the series which will focus on the role of technology in fighting COVID-19. We will highlight how start-ups in developing markets are using technology creatively to fight the pandemic. Eneza Education offers a subscription service for educational ...