GSMA Thrive Africa

GSMA Thrive Africa

Start: Tuesday 29 September 2020 09:30

End: Thursday 1 October 2020 16:00

Venue: Online

Did you miss GSMA Thrive Africa? Watch our multitude of panels, interviews and sessions on-demand below.

Main Conference Programmatic Side Sessions Thrive Shorts

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Main Conference Sessions

Accelerate Africa

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Main Stage | Video |

African start-ups raised $2.02 billion in funding in 2019, a 74 per cent year on year growth (Partech). Ecosystem acceleration is key to strengthening the entrepreneurship in Africa and holds the answer to mass youth job creation.

One People One Purpose

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Wednesday 30 Sep 2020 | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Main Stage | Video |

Mobile technology is a key tool to protect our planet and empower people across the globe on our path to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This theme explored how both public and private sectors collaborate with mobile to serve climate ...

Mobile Money Leadership Forum: Building a Resilient Future Through Mobile Money

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Thursday 1 Oct 2020 | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Main Stage | Video |

Over the past year, the growth of the mobile money industry has been unprecedented, reaching over one billion mobile money accounts around the world. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the enduring epicentre of mobile money, adding over 50 million new ...

Accelerate Africa Pitching Session: Unlocking Sustainability for Start-ups in Africa

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | Ecosystem Accelerator | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

Accelerate Africa Pitching Competition is the start-up competition of Thrive Africa 2020. Focused on unlocking sustainability and innovative solutions from African start-ups. This exciting session included carefully pre-selected start-ups who ...

Programmatic Side Sessions

Accelerating Digital Inclusion

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | Connected Society | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

This interactive session discussed the state of mobile connectivity, together with key barriers and opportunities for accelerating digital inclusion in Africa. We shared our latest data and insights on mobile internet coverage and adoption in Africa ...

Humanitarian Innovation in Africa: Focus on Resilience to Climate Change

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

Digital technology has the power to help improve the food security and climate change resilience of rural communities. With a spotlight on our Innovation Fund grantees and Strategic Partnerships projects, we demonstrated how and why this topic ...

Co-creating for Accessibility: Inclusive Methodologies for Humanitarian Contexts

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

This session introduced participants to human centred design principles and present research findings from recent research conducted in Nairobi. The goal was to both give practitioners the tools to inclusively engage end users in the design ...

Transforming Agriculture in Africa: Digital Innovations in Action

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | AgriTech | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

We explored the exciting trends in the digitisation of Africa’s agriculture sector. This session brought together regional AgriTech practitioners and experts who showcased and discussed digital agriculture projects, from climate smart advisories to ...

Africa’s Transition to Green Energy for Off-Grid Mobile Base Stations

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | ClimateTech | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

During this session, hosted by GSMA’s CleanTech team, we will present insights from recently conducted research in green energy and highlight opportunities for the mobile industry to support the transition to more sustainable and circular business models.

Digital Utility Solutions for the Urban Poor

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Wednesday 30 Sep 2020 | Digital Utilities | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

Africa and Asia are urbanising at an unprecedentedly rapid rate accounting for 90 per cent of the world’s urban population growth. The impact of this will be greatest on the urban poor, as the municipal services that are already under pressure are ....

Digital Protection in the Design and Delivery of Digital Humanitarian Assistance

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Wednesday 30 Sep 2020 | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

As the number of vulnerable populations that require humanitarian assistance rises, in both protracted conditions and sudden onset emergencies like COVID-19, there is a need to ensure that mobile and digital solutions do not exacerbate existing ...

Reaching Women at Scale to Accelerate Digital and Financial Inclusion

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Wednesday 30 Sep 2020 | Connected Women | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

This year marks 10 years since the launch of the GSMA Connected Women Programme. Learn more about how to realise the significant commercial and social opportunity of greater digital and financial inclusion for women in Africa, and hear from our mobile ...

Using Mobile Big Data Analytics to Combat Global Challenges including COVID-19

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Wednesday 30 Sep 2020 | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the globe, governments seek innovative and dynamic solutions to make the right decisions at the right time, both to save lives and minimise the long-term impact on the economy. Beyond providing connectivity ...

Breaking Down the Barriers for People with Disabilities through Innovation in Africa

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Wednesday 30 Sep 2020 | Assistive Tech | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

During this interactive session, hosted by GSMA’s Assistive Tech team, we shared insights on the mobile disability gap, including findings from our gender and disability research, and lessons learnt from the innovation landscape.

The Humanitarian Connectivity Charter: Partnerships in Crisis

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Wednesday 30 Sep 2020 | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

This session shared lessons from Humanitarian Connectivity Charter signatories on how they’ve successfully partnered with humanitarians to provide support during times of crisis.

Empowering Women and Girls: Understanding and Addressing the Gender Gap in Official Identification

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Wednesday 30 Sep 2020 | Digital Identity | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

The coronavirus pandemic and remote identity-verification challenges have highlighted how a lack of Digital Identity is having a detrimental impact on the ability of vulnerable populations to access life-enhancing mobile services in their own name.

The Future of Pay-as-you-go Partnerships

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Thursday 1 Oct 2020 | Digital Utilities | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

The mobile industry and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar companies are natural allies. Recent GSMA research demonstrates that mobile operators gain significant commercial value through these partnerships while enabling them to become a central part of their ...

Thrive Africa Shorts

Interviews with MTN Group, KaiOs, GoPay and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Tuesday 13 Oct 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Global | Mobile Money | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

Interviews with MTN Group, KaiOs, GoPay and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the transformative potential of technological innovation, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why are so many people still offline?

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | Connected Society | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

Across the world, four billion people remain offline. Of these, the vast majority – 3.4 billion people – already have access to mobile broadband. Most of the people who are covered but who are not using the internet are in Asia, while ...

Vodafone Ghana: Driving digital inclusion of people with disabilities

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | Assistive Tech | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

Naa Andrews from Vodafone Ghana discusses promoting digital inclusion for all and their Super Care product for people with hearing and speech impairments.

Boosting climate resilience for smallholder farmers in the face of growing climate challenges

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | AgriTech | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

Climate change continues to stress the global food system with increased climate variability and extremes in temperature and rainfall. As shifting seasonal patterns make climate risks less predictable, and the increased intensity of ...

Changing the agri-investment landscape in Africa

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | AgriTech | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

Despite the increased availability of investor capital supporting start-ups in Sub-Saharan Africa, funding remains a major challenge for the agritech sector. In 2019, African agritech start-ups only raised around 4 per cent of all the ...

Building resilience in agricultural value chains in the COVID-19 era

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | AgriTech | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

Disruptions to demand and distribution in food and input supply chains caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing systemic challenges faced by all actors in agricultural value chains. Agribusinesses are adapting existing ...

Digital dividends in natural resource management: Why is digital technology vital to conservation in African Parks?

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | ClimateTech | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

Learn how organisations like African Parks are using digital technology to restore ecosystems and fight climate change.

The future of mobility for the visually impaired

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | Assistive Tech | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

Brian Mwenda from HopeTech+ discusses alternatives to the white cane and improving mobility for the visually impaired through Sixth Sense; a hand-held assistive tech device that aids walking and enables freedom and independence.

GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund: Insights from our African start-ups

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | Ecosystem Accelerator | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund has provided three rounds of funding to 34 start-ups across Africa and Asia Pacific. Their work covers multiple sectors, including HealthTech, CivicTech, EdTech and more and has delivered ...

The transformational role of mobile for the water sector

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | Digital Utilities | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video | Water |

The Mobile for Development Utilities programme has been supporting innovation to improve utility services across Asia and Africa for the last seven years. We’d like to share with you some of the work, impact and achievements that our ...

The transformational role of mobile for the energy sector

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | Digital Utilities | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

The Mobile for Development Utilities programme has been supporting innovation to improve utility services across Asia and Africa for the last seven years. We’d like to share with you some of the work, impact and achievements that our ...

The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Wednesday 7 Oct 2020 | Connected Society | English | Mobile access and use | Presentation | Report | Research | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | Thrive Africa Shorts |

In this video, Anne Delaporte, Senior Insights Manager of Connected Society, and Federico Agnoletto, Senior Economist of GSMA Intelligence, present the key findings of the

A Discussion with Android on Enhancing Digital Skills in Africa

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Wednesday 7 Oct 2020 | Connected Society | Digital literacy | English | Presentation | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

In this video we hear from Jonathan Bordage, Market Engagement Manager of Connected Society as he talks about the key barriers to mobile internet adoption and explains how the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT) helps ...

Mobile Gender Gap 2020 – Africa in Focus

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Friday 2 Oct 2020 | Connected Women | English | Financial inclusion for women | Gender | Mobile internet for women | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2020 examines how the mobile gender gap is changing quickly in low- and middle-income countries, revealing how the main factors preventing women’s equal mobile ...

Jacqueline Ikwabe, Business Development Manager, Financial Services, Vodacom Tanzania

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Friday 2 Oct 2020 | Accelerating Digital and Financial Inclusion | Building the financial ecosystem | Connected Women | English | Financial inclusion for women | Gender | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

M-Koba: Innovating to Digitise Group Savings in Tanzania:  The GSMA Connected Women team met with Jacqueline Ikwabe, Business Development Manager, Financial Services of Vodacom Tanzania, who shares why financial ...

Using technology to build resilient health systems in a COVID-19 world

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Thursday 1 Oct 2020 | Frontier Technology | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

In this video, we discuss the important topic of digital technology in building resilient health systems in a COVID-19 world and showcase one of our Ecosystem Accelerator grantees called Kea Medicals, a start-up in the digital health space in Benin.