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Growing adoption of mobile money in the water and sanitation sectors

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

Opportunities and challenges for water and sanitation providers in the pandemic

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

The impact of funding digital innovations to respond to COVID-19: Health, education and food security

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

The impact of funding digital innovations to respond to COVID-19: Water and sanitation

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

Mobile money: Embracing Disruption and Building Resilience

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This is the first in a series of blogs focusing on the insights from the State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2021. A couple of weeks ago, we launched this year’s State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money. In a year like no other, the report looks at how the ...

COVID-19 and digital humanitarian action: Virtual vs in-person training

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This blog post is the final in a series exploring COVID-19 and its impact on digital humanitarian action. More findings related to current trends, risks and the path forward can be found in our report. Since August 2019, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been a ...

COVID-19 and digital humanitarian action: Mobile money enabled cash assistance and the role of the agent network

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This blog is part of a series exploring COVID-19 and its impact on digital humanitarian action. More findings related to current trends, risks and the path forward can be found in our report. In a world where minimising human contact where possible is at the forefront ...

Africa and Asia: Three frontier technology trends in the wake of COVID-19

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COVID-19 has impacted the world in unprecedented ways, fast-tracking the use of digital tools and innovation to adapt. In a previous blog, we outlined six key technology trends driving social and behavioural changes in West Africa as a result of COVID-19. As we look ...

The shift to mobile technology for amplified government and humanitarian cash and voucher assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya

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This blog is part of a series exploring COVID-19 and its impact on digital humanitarian action. More findings related to current trends, risks and the path forward can be found in our report. On 5th January 2020, the World Health Organization identified the first case of the ...

Assessing mobile money consumer trends in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital payments have been put forward as a safer and more efficient alternative to cash, in light of the various public health measures taken globally. In this context, low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) have promoted the use ...

Trends in employment in the mobile industry in Sub-Saharan Africa; did COVID-19 have an impact?

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The mobile industry has been steadily creating jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa. GSMA’s Mobile Economy Report for sub-Saharan Africa 2020  highlights that the industry employed over 2 million people directly and created employment for another 1.8 million people in the wider ...

Staying connected: Digital platforms supporting MSMEs through Africa’s COVID-19 crisis

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This blog is the first in a two-part series on how digital platforms can help emerging economies recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second blog will explore the same topic for the Asia Pacific region.   This blog is co-authored by Matthew ...

COVID-19 and digital humanitarian action: Trust and the uptake of information

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In a pandemic, almost nothing is as important as timely, trustworthy and actionable information. In responding to COVID-19, many humanitarian organisations realised the importance of these factors quickly and have used mobile channels to deliver vital information to the ...

COVID-19 and the future of digital humanitarian action: Advice from the experts

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Last week we were lucky to have three exceptional panellists bring to life some of the key lessons from our respective COVID-19 reports from ODI Humanitarian Policy Group and the GSMA focusing on the impact of the pandemic on the future of digital humanitarianism.

Extending digital innovation to smallholders in Latin America

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In Latin America and the Caribbean, digital agriculture solutions, from mobile-based agri advisory to digital financial services and agri e-commerce platforms, have the potential to transform current food systems by making them more productive, cost efficient, transparent ...

Five mobile technology trends in the humanitarian sector

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In the 2020 M4H Annual Report, we take stock of prevailing trends related to the role of mobile technology in the humanitarian sector and how they are shaping humanitarian action. Trend 1: The pandemic has accelerated the need for inclusive digital humanitarian assistance ...

COVID-19 and digital humanitarian action: Three early lessons

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This blog is part of a series exploring COVID-19 and its impact on digital humanitarian action. More findings related to current trends, risks and the path forward can be found in our report launched today. In humanitarian contexts, COVID-19 has had a particularly severe ...

Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation: Our impact in 2020

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We publish the GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation (M4H) programme’s annual report today, as we near the one year mark of COVID-19 gripping the globe. The pandemic has impacted lives heavily, and has increased those needing humanitarian assistance and protection by ...

Five key insights from evaluating a GSMA EdTech grantee in Côte d’Ivoire

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Côte d’Ivoire has made significant strides in improving access to education for all children; however key challenges still exist to keep students in school and ensure they receive a quality education. While primary school enrolment rates have increased to nearly 100 per ...

Humanitarian Adaptation: M4H Innovation Fund grantees’ responses to COVID-19

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In the past year, COVID-19 has impacted the daily lives of billions of people, while also exacerbating the inequalities faced by marginalised populations. Already isolated communities, such as those experiencing gender-based violence, have experienced higher levels of risk. ...