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Partnering during crisis – spotlight on JazzCash Pakistan

This is the final blog post of a four-part blog series highlighting the work of mobile network operators (MNOs) in delivering humanitarian products and services. The blog series has shed light on MNOs features in our recent report ‘Partnering During Crisis: The Shared ...

Tackling e-waste in Sri Lanka with Dialog

Dialog Axiata PLC’s ‘mWaste’ project was launched in 2008 and endorsed by the Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka. The project was part of Sri Lanka’s 2014 National E-waste programme, with the objective of recycling all forms of ‘mobile’ waste generated ...

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, ...

Uduma: Key learnings from deploying PAYG digital water pumps in Burkina Faso and Mali

In 2000, 51 per cent of the rural population in Burkina Faso had access to a basic water service. However, by 2017, this figure had plummeted to 35 per cent, leaving 10.5 million rural Burkinabés behind. Uduma belongs to the ODIAL solutions group along with Vergnet Hydro (a ...

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 ...

Partnering during crisis – spotlight on Jawwal/Paltel Group Palestine

This blog post is the third of a four-part blog series highlighting the work of four mobile network operators (MNOs) featured in our latest report, Partnering During Crisis: The Shared Value of Partnerships between Mobile Network Operators and Humanitarian Organisations. ...

Recycling the Nation’s Electronic Waste with StarHub

We cross back to Asia for our next blog in this series and arrive in Singapore. ‘RENEW’ – REcyling the Nation’s Electronic Waste – is a StarHub initiative that reflects their commitment to environmental sustainability.

Driving the adoption of tech solutions across Asia-Pacific

Lessons learnt from Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund (Part 1) The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund was launched in 2016 to provide selected start-ups in Asia-Pacific and Africa with grant funding, technical assistance, and the opportunity to partner with local ...

Enabling refugees’ and host communities’ self-reliance through digital capacity building

Rwanda currently hosts about 150,000 refugees, mainly from bordering Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the latter group has been in Rwanda for nearly two decades. As a signatory to the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), there is commitment ...

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, ...

Using technology to fight COVID-19: A spotlight on telemedicine start-up Sehat Kahani in Pakistan

This blog is the first in the series which will focus on the role of technology in fighting COVID-19. The blog will highlight how start-ups in developing markets are using technology creatively to fight the pandemic. Sehat Kahani is a digital health start-up in Pakistan that ...

Partnering during crisis – spotlight on Vodacom Mozambique

This blog post is the second of a four-part blog series highlighting the work of four mobile network operators (MNOs) featured in our latest report, Partnering During Crisis: The Shared Value of Partnerships between Mobile Network Operators and Humanitarian Organisations. ...

Gham Power: Lessons learned from The Rural Electrification Micro-grid Project in Nepal

This is a guest blog, written by Bishwaraj Bhattarai, the Project Manager at Gham Power and whom leads the Off-Grid Bazaar project. Founded in Nepal in 2010, Gham Power develops solar micro-grids and commercial off-grid systems in developing countries. It focuses on ...

Digital Dividends in Natural Resource Management: Part Two

In this blog we are showcasing Huawei’s Rainforest Guardians initiative, one of three in-depth case studies from our 'Digital Dividends' report that highlight how digital technologies are transforming natural resource management (NRM) activities in low and middle-income countries.

Digital Dividends in Natural Resource Management: Part One

In recognition of World Environment Day, today the GSMA’s CleanTech team is releasing its first research report: Digital Dividends in Natural Resource Management.

Growing agri insurance: ACRE Africa’s experience of innovative partnerships

Globally, less than 20 per cent of smallholder farmers have crop insurance. Low awareness of insurance, the high cost of premiums, farm-level loss assessments and long claim settlement processes have restricted farmer uptake of indemnity-based insurance services. Index ...

Safaricom e-waste management programme

In October 2012, the Safaricom e-waste management programme was launched with the objective of providing an end-to-end management solution for out of use electronic gadgets.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Roadmap for the Mobile Industry

The disruption by the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified many of the challenges already facing youth employment in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). An estimated 20 million African jobs may be lost, according to The African Union, with a particularly strong economic impact expected in ...