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Introducing the new GSMA CleanTech video on ‘Renewable Energy for Mobile Towers’

In September 2020 at GSMA Thrive Africa, the GSMA CleanTech programme published a report on renewable energy – ‘Renewable Energy for Mobile Towers’. This short video summarises the key trends highlighted in the report. As the industry implements strategies to achieve net ...

CoNUA: Robust data enabling development of appropriate and equitable mobile-enabled humanitarian interventions

The events of 2020 made clear that mobile technology is a powerful tool for facilitating the delivery and improving the efficacy of humanitarian assistance. The restriction of social contact caused by the coronavirus pandemic led to an urgent shift in humanitarian ...

Improving farmers’ access to credit: a new GSMA partnership in Papua New Guinea

In September 2020, with support from the Australian Government (DFAT), the GSMA launched a joint Call To Action (JCTA) aimed at agribusinesses, agritech companies and financial services providers (FSPs) in Papua New Guinea to identify a consortium that will work towards ...

The Voice ID Project: Verifying recipients of mobile money supported humanitarian cash transfers in Somaliland

A common requirement in humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) is recipient verification at the household level. Verification serves two purposes. First, it ensures that the intended recipient of the cash is the right one, and second, it provides an audit trail for ...

KaiOS, enabling accessible and affordable internet for all with the GSMA’s MISTT module

KaiOS is a mobile operating system for so-called smart feature phones. With this new category of phones, we at KaiOS aim to help close the digital divide by overcoming one of the main barriers to internet access: the affordability of devices and data. But solving the ...

Immunisation in low-income countries (LICs): How mobile and frontier technologies can help strengthen the vaccine supply chains

The fight against COVID-19 has seen vaccine development moving at a fast pace, with more than 170 different vaccines in trials as of November 2020. While developed markets are preparing for the vaccine roll-out, the LICs are dealing with an already existing immunisation ...

Mobile money-enabled remittances are a lifeline for families of migrant workers

COVID-19 has been cruel to us all, but the economic impact of the pandemic has been especially severe on migrant workers and their families in the developing world: the earnings these already economically vulnerable groups have been able to send home fell last year by 20%, ...

Defining our strategic partnerships

In 2019, I travelled to Uganda to visit refugee camps in the northern part of the country to get a first-hand experience understanding how mobile technology could help these displaced communities improve their lives. There I met Joseph (not his real name). Joseph is in his ...

Are drones suitable tools for delivering medical supplies in developing countries?

According to a poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, mobile technology had the biggest benefit of all technology on aid operations in 2019, with drones also helping to speed up help to people in need. Both technologies, combined, are increasingly being used to ...

Low Tech, High Impact: USSD in the time of COVID-19

Basic and feature phone technologies have revolutionised how people in emerging markets interact, as stated in our 2018 report on Mobile Technology for the SDGs: Reaching Further with Low Tech. Despite growing smartphone penetration on the continent and the growing ...

The Mobile Disability Gap Report 2020

Through our previous research, in the GSMA Assistive Tech programme, we learned that mobile phones have the potential to be a life changing technology for persons with disabilities. However, the evidence in the latest Mobile Disability Gap Report 2020, shows that persons ...

Enhancing the user experience of mobile-money enabled cash recipients: Spotlight on Burundi

Mobile money-enabled cash and voucher assistance (CVA) has the potential to offer transformational benefits to cash recipients, including digital and financial inclusion. With the rapid increase in digital delivery of CVA (in part due to COVID-19), and tightening of aid ...

Supporting entrepreneurship in the Indo-Pacific region – Extending our partnership with the Australian Government

We are excited to announce that our GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Ecosystem Accelerator programme, which has actively supported entrepreneurship in the Indo-Pacific region since 2017, is now extending its partnership with the Australian Government.   The COVID-19 ...

Introducing Digital Agriculture Maps, a 2020 state of the sector report

The GSMA AgriTech team has launched Digital Agriculture Maps (DAMs), the new state of the sector report on digital agriculture in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). DAMs has been produced in collaboration with IDH Farmfit in response to the growing need for industry ...

Insights from Thrive Asia Pacific 2020: Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities through Digital Solutions

The GSMA Thrive Asia Pacific 2020 event took place from 3 to 5 November 2020. The Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities programme hosted a session focused on ‘Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities through Digital Solutions’. This session featured a range of different ...

Start-ups have begun their journey through the LaunchPad 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic represents one of the most profound challenges to economic development and human wellbeing in a century. The pandemic will exacerbate the inequalities and hardships faced by already vulnerable groups and threatens to undermine the Indo-Pacific’s ...

Container based sanitation alliance and Loowatt – digital tools for container-based sanitation providers

In the last decade, container-based sanitation (CBS) solutions have been emerging as a viable low-cost option for sanitation service delivery, particularly in low-income urban settlements where demand for sanitation services is high and on-site sanitation (i.e. septic tanks) ...

Mobile connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa: 4G and 3G connections overtake 2G for the first time

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to stay connected has never been more important. With protection measures introduced across the world, the internet has taken more space in our lives – helping us to stay active professionally, access information and to ...

Key take-aways from GSMA Connected Women at Thrive Africa

At the end of September 2020, over 90 people from all over the world – from the mobile industry, the ICT industry, governments, the international development sector and the academic community – joined the Connected Women seminar on reaching women at scale to accelerate ...

Interoperability Test Platform v1.1: Now more powerful and easier to use

Interoperability between financial services continues to be a key focus for development in the mobile money ecosystem, but it remains a complex area with a high risk of error. The GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab is proudly supporting the industry in navigating the challenges of ...