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QR code merchant payments: A growth opportunity for mobile money providers

QR codes are an increasingly ubiquitous payment channel around the world Globally, digital payments are expected to reach an annual transaction value of USD 4.4 trillion in 2020, with 17 per cent CAGR through 2024. With growth rates like this, it is not surprising that ...

Behind the GSMA Interoperability Test Platform: from inception to launch

In the past months, the GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab made various announcements about the GSMA Interoperability Test Platform, talking about the importance of testing, our Beta release and the first version of the platform. But as an innovation lab for inclusive technologies, why ...

Why is there a need for GSMA Mobile Money API Specification? A comparison with other industry standards

Mobile money is a rapidly growing sector of the financial services industry across developing markets, reaching many people who do not have access to other financial services. Enabling the mobile money ecosystem through open APIs is key to both the success of the industry ...

Charting a new course for mobile money in the new normal

This blog was co-authored between the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and the GSMA. The dawn of a new decade has seen the world ground to a halt as we pause to tackle Covid-19. In addition to health outcomes and tragic loss of lives, the social and economic ...

Tracking mobile money regulatory responses to COVID-19

In April 2020 we published a paper on Mobile money recommendations to central banks in response to COVID-19. This paper examined the impact of COVID-19 on mobile money business and provides broad recommendations that can be taken to ensure business continuity and ...

The GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab launches an industry-leading Interoperability Test Platform for financial inclusion

Today, the GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab is launching the Interoperability Test Platform, the industry’s first joint test environment combining two key technologies: the GSMA Mobile Money API, a harmonised industry specification for all common mobile money use cases, and Mojaloop, ...

Mobile money driving formalisation and building the resilience of MSMEs

The critical contribution of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to broader socio-economic objectives makes them a key priority area for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. MSMEs account for the majority of businesses worldwide and have the potential to ...

Mobile money-enabled remittances: Building resilience in times of crisis

Mobile money-enabled remittances have steadily grown over the past decade. Today, millions of migrants and their families are experiencing life-changing benefits from faster, safer and cheaper remittances across 184 unique corridors. On the occasion of the International Day ...

Mobile money interoperability: One goal, many paths

There are many technical ways to achieve mobile money interoperability For over a decade, mobile money has been driving financial inclusion, opening access to digital transactions and giving people the tools to better manage their financial lives. Today, there are over one ...

How mobile money is increasingly interoperable

Achieving fully interoperable mobile money services that fulfil the needs of customers remains a goal for both the industry and the financial inclusion community. Despite the complexity of the concept, let alone that the pronunciation of the term can be a tongue twister, ...

Beyond one billion accounts: how is mobile money easing access to life-enhancing products and services?

This is the third in a series of blogs focusing on the insights from the State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2019. Blog #1 | Blog #2 As almost every sector of the global economy, the mobile money industry is set for a deep transformation resulting from the COVID-19 ...

Beyond one billion accounts: how is mobile money helping us become more financially resilient?

This is the second in a series of blogs focusing on the findings of the 2019 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money. Blog #1 | Blog #3 With over one billion registered accounts and counting, the mobile money industry is uniquely positioned to take financial inclusion ...

Leveraging digital solutions to seize the potential of informal cross-border trade

This blog builds on UNCTAD’s recent research on female informal cross-border traders in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia to explore how mobile money can provide solutions for some of the challenges that these traders face. This blog was written by Mariana Lopez from the GSMA and ...

Mobile money recommendations to central banks in response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unprecedented challenges for the global economy. It has affected global health systems, affected peoples’ livelihoods and will leave long-lasting economic effects. Many countries have adopted partial or total ‘lockdowns’, restricting ...

AI and Mobile Money: Bridging the Financial Inclusion Gap

In 2019, the mobile money industry surpassed a billion registered accounts and recorded close to $2 billion in daily transactions. The industry provides financial services to the previously underserved and addresses key developmental challenges in most of its markets. As the ...

Beyond one billion accounts: how is mobile money moving us a step closer to achieving a digital future for all?

This is the first in a series of blogs focusing on the insights from the State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2019. Blog #2 | Blog #3 Last week, we published the much-anticipated State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money. This 8th edition of the report celebrates ...

CityTaps: Delivering safe water to the urban poor through prepaid smart metering and mobile money

Globally, nearly a billion people living in urban areas lack access to running water at home. Cash-strapped water utilities struggle to serve these people while grappling with poor revenue collection efficiency, high water losses and billing inaccuracies. The urban poor ...

Demystifying regulatory concerns around the use of cloud services in mobile money

Globally, players in the financial services industry are now adapting their business models to embrace the cloud, and leverage new solutions provided by financial technology providers (fintechs) in order to improve their services and lower their investment costs.

Addressing the financial needs of women: Ensuring data protection in the use of gender disaggregated data

The theme of the 2019 AFI Global Policy Forum was Using technology for inclusion of women and youth. The forum, hosted by the National Bank of Rwanda and Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), organised a break-out session on Addressing the financial needs of women in the ...

GSMA-led industry collaboration launches updated harmonised API Specification for mobile money

We are proud to release a new version 1.1 of the Mobile Money API Specification, advancing the mobile money industry towards the use of harmonised APIs that are easy and secure. Since its inception in 2016, the Mobile Money API has already been adopted by a range of ...