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Mobile Money: Driving affordable and resilient international remittances at scale

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As mobile money expanded into the mainstream and increasingly diversifies into digital finance products, crossing the $1 trillion transaction mark in 2021, remittances have become a key mobile money use case. The number of international remittances sent and received via ...

The fintech behind mobile money: The power of developer tools to drive innovation

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Mobile money continues to be a vital driver of financial inclusion. The increase of mobile money solutions and the reach of their agent networks has helped to spread the access to money transactions over different places and services. Today, the market is progressing to move ...

Mobile Money: The $1 trillion industry driving the financial inclusion of the world’s poor

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This blog focuses on insights from the 10th-anniversary edition of the State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2022, launched on 30th March 2022. Growth: M-PESA’s flutter in East Africa went global Over the past decade, mobile money has expanded from a niche ...

Exploring women’s and entrepreneurs’ use of mobile money in Ghana

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This blog shares some key findings from the GSMA’s report “Exploring women’s use of mobile money in Ghana: The user journey, entrepreneurs and the impact of COVID-19”. It draws on recent GSMA qualitative and nationally representative quantitative field research in Ghana in ...

Tracking the mobile money industry 10 years on: Addressing the mobile money gender gap

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This blog shares some key findings from the “Addressing the mobile money gender gap” Chapter on page 60 of the GSMA’s State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2022.  It draws on recent GSMA nationally representative field research in a number of low- and ...

The Technology Behind the GSMA Mobile Money API Compliance Verification Service

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APIs are at the core of interconnected and growing ecosystems for mobile money services. They allow seamless integration between providers and third parties and pave the way for faster and cheaper developments.   Today, the GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab is launching the ...

Launch of the GSMA Mobile Money API Compliance Verification Service

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Today, we are launching the GSMA Mobile Money API Compliance Verification Service. Sasai Fintech with operations in Zimbabwe, Burundi and Lesotho is now compliant with the GSMA Mobile Money API specification and AfriMoney will soon deploy their compliant APIs in Sierra ...

Launching the new GSMA Mobile Money API developer portal: supporting the industry towards open ecosystems

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Today, the GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab have launched a new GSMA Mobile Money API Developer Portal for the GSMA Mobile Money API Specification.  The GSMA API is an initiative developed through collaboration between the mobile money industry and the GSMA, which provides a ...

Raising your voice: trialling voice recognition for mobile money

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For more than a billion people worldwide, the simple lack of a legal form of identification (ID) is excluding them from life-enhancing digital and financial services. Almost half of those living without an ID are in Sub-Saharan Africa. The need to provide digital identities ...

Digital Credit: Balancing Access and Consumer Protection in Kenya

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Widespread adoption of mobile money in recent years, and the consequent creation of transactional data, has enabled access to short-term loans for individuals who were previously excluded from formal credit markets due to lack of credit history. By partnering up, banks in ...

Improving Women’s Digital Safety with Mobile Tokenisation

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In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), like Ghana, the wide-ranging benefits of mobile technology are evident in the everyday life of underserved communities. Mobile enables access to voice and communication services, and provides a preferred, and often first, entry to ...

The Mobile Money Regulatory Index Report 2021: An indispensable guide to assessing the impact of regulation upon mobile money

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The Mobile Money Regulatory Index Report 2021: An indispensable guide to assessing the impact of regulation upon mobile money The GSMA have produced the Mobile Money Regulatory Index (MMRI), a unique tool for the assessment of the effectiveness of mobile money regulatory ...

Protecting women’s identities through mobile tokenisation

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Mobile technology is being used to change lives and bring new solutions and services to underserved communities. According to the GSMA’s Mobile Gender Gap Report 2021, 143 million fewer women than men own a mobile across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and women ...

Mobile money can drive the financial inclusion of persons with disabilities in Ghana

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Over the past decade, the proliferation of mobile money across Sub-Saharan Africa has been a catalyst for the financial inclusion of millions of those previously underserved by traditional banks. More than half of the globe’s active mobile money accounts are now located in ...

Introducing the GSMA’s 2021 Mobile Money Handbook: why policy still matters

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In 2018, the GSMA Mobile Money Programme published an updated Mobile Money Policy Handbook. The 2018 edition brought together practical mobile money policy and regulatory considerations from a range of sources, coupled with the team’s industry experience. The Handbook ...

Want to build your voice biometrics experience? We have the code!

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In the previous months the GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab has worked with different mobile operators to make the Biometrics for All (B4LL) open platform live and functional. The B4LL innovation project aims to help reduce identification barriers, enabling the inclusion of ...

Mitigating the threats of illegal wildlife trade flows

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This blog was guest written with Russell Wallace, Senior AML Compliance Manager and Viola Qefalia, AML Compliance Manager from Vodafone Group. The illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is a serious multi-jurisdictional crime that generates billions of dollars in proceeds every year. ...

Remittances – A Lifeline for Pacific Nations

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How the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is promoting the use of mobile technology to increase access to affordable remittances This blog was first published by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on 21 July 2021. By Jean-Paul Penrose, Pacific ...

Mobile money in 2020 and beyond: exploring the acceleration of mobile money in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Mobile money accounts leapt forward in an exceptional year 2020 saw the number of registered and active mobile money accounts grow to new levels globally, but Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) had by far the fastest growth of any region. LAC now counts 39 million ...

Cybersecurity and mobile money: prioritising consumer trust and awareness

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Mobile money services are delivered through a large and complex ecosystem, multiplying the risk of cyberattacks. As a result, cybersecurity is vital in driving mobile money adoption, use and innovation. For the mobile money industry, cybersecurity is defined as a collection ...