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Use of digital solutions is key in a disability inclusive response to COVID-19

This blog forms part of a blog series to be published over the coming weeks as we investigate how the digital and social exclusion of persons with disabilities are heightened during the pandemic and how mobile and digital solutions can combat the barriers.  The COVID-19 ...

IoT applications in the fight against COVID-19

In times of social distancing, the Internet of Things (IoT) has enabled diagnosis and treatment of patients remotely, and facilitated the delivery of vital medicine and medical equipment to isolated areas. This blog explores the use of IoT technology in remote patient ...

Pandemic response in action: Cassava Fintech responses to COVID-19 in Burundi

This is the fifth post in a blog series highlighting the efforts that mobile network operators have taken to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in their respective markets. In this interview Cassava Fintech-Burundi’s General Manager, Wood Gitobu, explains how COVID-19 has ...

Tracking Mobile Money Regulatory Responses to COVID-19 – Part 2

In our previous post, we released the COVID-19 Response Tracker, a tool that monitors and summarises mobile money-specific regulatory, policy, government and provider interventions globally, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier in April 2020, we examined the ...

Pandemic response in action: Vodafone’s initiatives to combat COVID-19

This is the fourth post in a blog series highlighting the efforts that mobile network operators have taken to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in their respective markets. Vodafone has extensive experience in connectivity, convergence and the Internet of Things, as well as ...

The rise of agri e-commerce during COVID-19: Opportunities for smallholder impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition to a digital future globally. Companies have had to adapt quickly, implementing solutions to adjust to “the new normal”. Many businesses around the world are investing in digital tools to respond to the challenges and ...

Pandemic response in action: Turkcell’s responses to COVID-19 in Turkey

This is the second post in a blog series highlighting the efforts that GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter signatories have taken to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in their respective markets. Turkcell has been helping fight the effects of Coronavirus with several ...

AI imaging for diagnosing COVID-19 in developing contexts – a worthwhile endeavour?

In reaction to COVID-19, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning developers and experts have been quick to innovate and develop existing tools in an attempt to advance the speed and efficacy of diagnosis to aid healthcare systems and personnel.

Pandemic response in action: Millicom in Latin America and Tanzania

This is the first post in a blog series highlighting the efforts that GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter signatories have taken to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in their respective markets. As one of the leading private sector companies in many of their markets, ...

Using technology to fight COVID-19: A spotlight on SMS-based education start-up, Eneza Education

This blog is the second in the series which will focus on the role of technology in fighting COVID-19. We will highlight how start-ups in developing markets are using technology creatively to fight the pandemic. Eneza Education offers a subscription service for educational ...

Adapting human-centred design methodologies to innovate within restrictions posed by COVID-19

In Episode 8 of the Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation podcast the guests discuss methodologies for inclusivity. Specifically, they focus on the adaptations they made due to COVID-19 to a design-research project working with persons with disabilities.

Using mobile big data to help inform the fight against COVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 epidemic. The country is already dealing with cholera, a measles epidemic that has caused 6,000 deaths since January 2019, as well as a new outbreak of Ebola in the Équateur ...

COVID-19 and West Africa: Six key technology trends driving change

COVID-19 has radically impacted our world in new and unprecedented ways. The pandemic has unveiled global health, economic, humanitarian and education crises, to name a few. While governments, societies, firms and individuals are using different strategies worldwide, ...

Charting a new course for mobile money in the new normal

This blog was co-authored between the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and the GSMA. The dawn of a new decade has seen the world ground to a halt as we pause to tackle Covid-19. In addition to health outcomes and tragic loss of lives, the social and economic ...

Tracking mobile money regulatory responses to COVID-19

In April 2020 we published a paper on Mobile money recommendations to central banks in response to COVID-19. This paper examined the impact of COVID-19 on mobile money business and provides broad recommendations that can be taken to ensure business continuity and ...

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 ...

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. ...

Digital Health: A health system strengthening tool for developing countries

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified existing weaknesses and gaps in health systems. Developing countries have been severely affected. From under-resourced health facilities to poor data and information coordination, weak health systems pose serious challenges for developing ...