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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. As almost every sector of the global economy, the mobile money industry is set for a deep transformation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the ...

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. With over one billion registered accounts and counting, the mobile money industry is uniquely positioned to take financial inclusion beyond access and ...

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. Last week, we published the much-anticipated State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money. This 8th edition of the report celebrates many exciting ...

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 ...

A fresh look at the Mobile Money Regulatory Index

We are pleased to announce that the Mobile Money Regulatory Index has been refreshed covering 90 countries with data current up to 2019.

Mobile money APIs – Towards seamless integrations

Mobile money continues to grow exponentially across developing markets. As of December 2019, the industry has over one billion registered mobile money accounts and processes over $1.9 billion dollars a day. What is interesting compared to a few years ago, is the growth of ...

The GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab launches a new platform to test mobile money interoperability

Today, the GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab is releasing its Interoperability Test Platform, the first joint test environment including two key technologies, the GSMA Mobile Money API and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Mojaloop. With this test platform, the GSMA provides ...

Interconnecting mobile money providers: why is interoperability testing so important?

Interoperability – In the world of mobile money, this has been one of the industry’s buzz words for years, as it holds the promise of an interconnected world in which people in emerging markets can send money to each other regardless of the mobile money service they are ...

A regulatory model assessment of Payments Banks in India: The story of a glass half full, yet half empty

India’s Payments Banks (PBs) regulatory model has garnered a lot of global attention, partly because of its expected potential to tackle financial exclusion. It has also served as an example for countries such as Nigeria, which has developed a similar regulatory model for ...

Scaling up agri insurance via mobile

Agricultural insurance can act as a safety net when smallholder farmers experience losses and can enable greater potential for productivity, for instance by allowing farmers to use multiple varieties of seeds. Agricultural insurance services available through mobile also ...

The value of PAYG solar for mobile operators: A look at Benin

Benin is a relatively new market for the Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) Solar home system (SHS) industry, but growth has been strong in recent years. According to GOGLA, West Africa as a whole has been a key growth market for PAYG solar providers, “In the first half of 2019, sales [of ...

Digital finance: Cybersecurity requires deeper industry collaboration

This blog was co-authored by Silvia Baur-Yazbeck, a financial sector analyst at CGAP, whose recent work focuses on data protection and cybersecurity. Mobile financial services have been a significant driver of financial inclusion over the past several years. As of 2018, the ...

Indonesia’s tech giants and unicorns catapult MSMEs into the digital economy

Merchant payments is one of the more complex use cases of mobile money. Providers need to cater to the differing needs of both customers and merchants. Arguably, digitising payments alone is unlikely to be incentivising enough for merchants. Instead, success relies on ...

Making the connection between mobile money and climate change

Climate change has rapidly become a concern for central banks, financial regulators, and ministries of finance. In September 2017, AFI member institutions formulated the Sharm El Sheikh Accord on Financial Inclusion, Climate Change and Green Finance, which sets commitments ...