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The role of privacy frameworks in building trust for digital identity services

The GSMA conducted end-user research to explore attitudes around privacy and trust both in the presence and absence of comprehensive data protection frameworks, as well as consumers’ willingness to access digital services linked to their identity details.

Fostering ecosystems and entrepreneurship in the Pacific – DFAT, GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator and Seedstars

Kenya, Indonesia, Tanzania, India, Jordan, Colombia, Vietnam, Brazil, Ethiopia – over 90 local Seedstars start-ups competitions, now Papua New Guinea and Samoa! Our mission is to build synergies between start-ups and mobile operators, with the aim of scaling innovative and ...

How do mobile money-enabled remittances contribute to achieving the SDGs?

With over 866 million registered accounts across 90 countries globally, mobile money is ideally placed to accelerate the formalisation, accessibility and affordability of international remittances. Today mobile money has evolved into a sophisticated value proposition that is ...

West Africa: Has the growth potential been tapped for pay-as-you-go utilities?

Last month, I travelled to five different countries in West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Benin) to support partnerships between pay-as-you-go (PAYG) Solar Home Systems (SHSs) and other utility providers and the mobile industry. An important way ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: Coliba, Côte d’Ivoire

According to a 2018 report by the World Bank, more than five million tonnes of waste are generated each year in Côte d’Ivoire, and this is expected to double by 2030. Less than half of the current waste is being collected and only about three per cent is being recycled, with ...

Re-imagining solar distribution: The Fenix International – Musanga Logistics partnership

Last-mile delivery is often one of the most complicated steps in the logistics process, particularly for hardware companies with potential or actual customers in remote areas of emerging markets. This layer of complexity, which also exists in the solar energy supply chain, ...

Oxford Business & Poverty Conference: Why market-creating innovations are critical in the fight against poverty

On Wednesday, 29 May, the Mobile for Development Utilities team was pleased to attend the fifth annual Business & Poverty conference at Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. The conference brought together a range of innovation scholars and practitioners ...

African Utility Week: The role of digital solutions in driving energy for the future

African Utility Week, like our GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities Programme, has the unique and exciting role of bringing together the energy, water and sanitation industries, including both on- and off-grid service providers. So naturally, we were excited to ...

Understanding Capture and Validate KYC Processes

Whilst governments can take different approaches to implementing SIM registration, we have asserted that ‘Capture and Validate’ (C&V) processes give the highest level of confidence that the person registering a SIM ‘is who they claim to be’.

Two years into Round 1: Updates from the Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

Two years! It’s already been two years since we announced the first cohort to be selected to receive funding and support from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund. While this first group of start-ups has now graduated from our programme and completed their ...

Somaliland Pushing the Mobile Money CVA Frontier

In November 2018, GSMA M4H Insights team went to Hargeisa to understand the success of mobile money cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in humanitarian settings better. We were impressed by how pervasive mobile money is in the region—with an active customer conducting 60 ...

Investing in AgriTech to drive smallholder financial inclusion, livelihoods and climate resilience

Since the GSMA mAgri Programme started 10 years ago in 2009, not only has our team of experts grown, but also the complexity and range of our supported projects has broadened. Over the last decade, we have generated countless insights and resources from across many ...

Digital identity opportunities for women: Insights from Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Rwanda

Through discussions with more than 300 people across the three countries – including experts from the mobile industry, international development community, and private sector - we identified and explored a range of opportunity areas for mobile.

Mini-grids, macro impact?

Lacking access to electricty is one of the biggest barriers to structural transformation and private sector development in emerging markets. Of course, there is no silver bullet to extending electricity access, especially given the complex and highly unequal energy landscape ...

Accelerating digital inclusion for women in Kenya

“There is little value in selling a phone that does not have access to the internet because real transformation of women’s lives comes from having access to and using the internet.” – Charles Kare Wanjohi, Director of the Consumer Business Unit at Safaricom Women in ...

Inclusive, digital, and innovative: The African Tech at AFSIC, Afrobytes and VivaTech events!

Between 8 and 17 May 2019, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team, represented by Max Cuvellier and Maxime Bayen, was invited to participate in three consecutive events focused on African Tech in London and Paris. We had the opportunity to present our work for the first time at ...

Using the power of PR and marketing in a mobile world – advice for start-ups in emerging markets

Public Relations (PR) and marketing are often at the bottom of the priority list for emerging market start-ups – who more often than not – have limited resources of time and cash. Faced with the option of focusing on product growth or sales, entrepreneurs (with good reason) ...

A bird’s-eye view of the Samoan digital ecosystem

In April 2019, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team visited Samoa to work with Innovation Fund grantee SkyEye and their partners. We met with various stakeholders in the market and thought we would take this opportunity to share a few learnings about the tech ecosystem in ...

Mobiles phones as assistive technology for hearing loss

In the UK, there are 11 million people with hearing loss­, of which 900,000 have severe hearing loss. As our population becomes older, these numbers are likely to increase­.

Working across sectors to enable access to connectivity for refugees

The world is experiencing its highest number of refugees since World War II. Across the globe, 172 countries host 19.9 million refugees. Yet, 93 per cent of all refugees are required to provide a proof-of-identification in order to access a SIM card. 81 refugee-hosting ...