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Leveraging mobile technology to meet humanitarian needs through strategic partnerships

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Partnerships between the mobile industry and the humanitarian sector have been increasing remarkably since the onset of Covid-19, with more humanitarian organisations adopting digital solutions to deliver assistance. The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation (M4H) ...

Three lessons from Ahlan Simsim, Sesame Workshop’s GSMA-funded innovation project

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The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges. The second round of the Fund focused on; testing new technical solutions; catalysing ideas to improve or transform ...

World Refugee Day – The power (and limits) of mobile technology

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Worldwide 89.3 million people are forcibly displaced 27.1 million of these people have crossed a border and are refugees. As a result of conflict, violence, human rights violations, and increasingly severe climate shocks, a growing number of people are forced to flee homes ...

Three lessons from FlowKit, Flowminder’s GSMA-funded innovation project

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The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges. The first round of the Fund focused on providing support to help to test or scale innovative ideas which support responses to ...

User Perspectives in Humanitarian Settings: Initial Insights

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In September 2021, the Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation team kicked off a large-scale piece of mixed methods research in partnership with the UNHCR and The Research People. Our goals were to better understand how people in humanitarian settings use their mobile phones, to ...

EarthSpark; Powering resilience in Haiti

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In conversation with EarthSpark; Staying flexible in the face of a sudden-onset disaster Since 2020, EarthSpark International has been a part of our Mobile for Humanitarian (M4H) Innovation Fund Portfolio. The Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology ...

Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation in 2021

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Publishing our 2021 annual report provides the opportunity to reflect on another eventful year in our Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation (M4H) programme. Humanitarian needs continued to rise, and digital services and solutions were increasingly used in preparedness, ...

MWC22 – When Disaster Strikes: Mobile’s Role in Humanitarian Assistance

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As part of MWC 2022, Kimberly Brown, Head of Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation (M4H), hosted a panel discussion titled: When Disaster Strikes: Mobile’s Role in Humanitarian Assistance. Appearing on the stage at the Ministerial Programme in Barcelona, Kimberly was joined by ...

Three lessons from Nokia Saving Lives, GSMA-funded innovation project

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The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges. The first round of the Fund focused on providing support to help to test or scale innovative ideas which support responses to ...

In Conversation with OmniVis: Rapid Cholera Testing in Kenya and Bangladesh

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It is estimated that each year there are 1.3 to 4 million cases of cholera worldwide and close to 143,000 deaths. In 2017, this number catapulted when over 1 million individuals were infected in Yemen as the country underwent political and military crisis. A lower priority ...

Framework for the assessment of emergency response policy by national authorities

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Effective management of risks associated with disasters depends on the level of preparedness and communication and information sharing across all levels of government, within humanitarian communities, and across public and private sector organisations. Numerous after-action ...

How do people in humanitarian crises use their mobile phones? Introducing our new research

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The role that mobile connectivity plays in the lives of people affected by humanitarian crisis has never been more important to understand. Connectivity, or the lack of it, is now central to many dimensions of lives and livelihoods. Digital channels have played a large role ...

In conversation with Solidarités International: Artificial Intelligence in a humanitarian context

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Since September 2020, Solidarités International has been a part of our GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian (M4H) Innovation Fund portfolio. The Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges. Solidarités International, a French ...

GSMA’s Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund: Grantee Portfolio 2017-2022

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We are delighted to publish the ‘GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund Portfolio 2017 – 2022’, a report detailing each of the exciting and impactful projects to have received funding and support from the M4H Innovation Fund* since its inception in 2017. When we ...

The Climate Crisis: Mobile-enabled solutions to address the growing humanitarian challenge

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World leaders recently gathered in Glasgow at COP26 to accelerate action towards addressing climate change. They’ve come from around the world to grapple with the most pressing existential crisis of our time with an urgent need to reduce global emissions. No matter how ...

Trust, misinformation and the role of technology in the localisation of information: Five key lessons

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As COVID-19 has illustrated, in the context of a pandemic almost nothing is as important as timely, trustworthy, and actionable information. Due to the circumstances, mobile technology came to play a key role in disseminating information over the last 18 months. And while ...

Building digital ecosystems: Partnering for market readiness and local contexts

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Digital solutions do not exist in vacuums. They require a system of end-users, service providers, regulators and, in the humanitarian context, both local and international humanitarian actors. A well-established ecosystem ensures provision of mobile and digital services in ...

GSMA mobile money enabled cash aid delivery courses

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With over 235 million people worldwide in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, cash and voucher assistance (CVA) is increasingly becoming the modality of choice in many crisis situations. For many humanitarian organisations, this shift from in-kind aid (food & ...

Three lessons from LevelApp, REFUNITE’s GSMA-funded innovation project

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The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges. The first round of the Fund focused on providing support to help to test or scale innovative ideas which support ...

Building and strengthening digital ecosystems in humanitarian contexts: Shaping an enabling environment

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The transition to digital humanitarian assistance has exponentially increased in the last year, largely driven by COVID-19. The pandemic has interrupted conventional humanitarian assistance, and demanded a shift to more agile, adaptable and contactless humanitarian ...