Innovation Fund

The Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund

The Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges.

Our Innovation Funds support innovative digital solutions which aid crises responses and build resilience against humanitarian challenges. On this page, you’ll find details of current and previous Innovation Funds related to Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation.

Open for applications: The GSMA Innovation Fund for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

View an interactive map of all of our previous grantees with detailed project information.

Round 1 portfolio: Disaster response

The first round of the Fund focuses on providing support to help to test or scale innovative ideas which support responses to natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies.

Round 1 grantees:

  • Mercy Corps in partnership with Viamo: Communities in Haiti Access New Technologies for Early Warning/Response (CHANTER), Haiti. Download project infographic.
  • Flowminder in partnership with Digicel Haiti and the World Food Programme: Rapid Mobility Estimates from CDR for Efficient Disaster Response, Haiti. Download project infographic.
  • Lumkani in partnership with Hollard Insurance and Islamic Relief South Africa: Lumkani Fire Detection and Insurance, South Africa. Download project infographic.
  • Nokia Saving Lives (NSL) in partnership with Smart Communications and Philippines Red Cross: Nokia Saving Lives for Philippines Red Cross, Philippines. Download project infographic.
  • Refunite in partnership with Malet Labs: Mobile Data Categorisation for Instant Refugee Income, Uganda. Download project infographic.

Round 2 portfolio: Complex emergencies and forced displacement

The second round of the Fund focuses on providing support to: test new technical solutions; catalyse ideas to improve or transform institutional systems; and/or to enable solutions to empower, assist or protect individuals and communities affected by complex emergencies and forced displacement.

Round 2 grantees:

  • Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in partnership with Grundfos Holding A/S: Mobile Payments for Safe and Sustainable Water in Refugee Settlements, Uganda.
  • American Refugee Committee (ARC) in partnership with BioLite, Mwangaza (“Light”): Improving Refugee Access to Clean Energy, Rwanda and Uganda.
  • United Healthcare Distributors (UHD) in partnership with Medical Teams International, VAC Solar UK Limited, Quality Medicines for all, Aptech PV and Airtel Uganda: Empowering Women in Camps and Off-Grid Communities in West Nile, Uganda.
  • Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in partnership with Koe Koe Tech and Statelessness Network Asia Pacific (SNAP): Strengthening Digital Access to Needs-Based Protection Information for IDP Women, Myanmar.
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) in partnership with Mercy Corps and Glasswing International: Protecting Vulnerable Populations, El Salvador and Honduras.
  • Sesame Workshop in partnership with IRC: Optimizing the use of mobile phones in Ahlan Simsim – A Sesame Workshop humanitarian and early childhood development program in the Middle East, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.
  • Naya Javeen in partnership with Sukaar Foundation, doctHERS and Telenor: My beautiful Thar: How Mobile Technology Can Reduce Forced Displacement, Pakistan.
  • British Red Cross in collaboration with Netherlands Red Cross and Kenya Red Cross and in partnership with Safaricom: 121 Personal Cash Aid, Kenya.
  • Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e. V. in partnership with Action Contre la Faim (ACF) Canada, Fight Hunger Foundation (FHF) India, Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit (BMZ) and Deutsche Telekom: Child Growth Monitor, India.

Round 3 portfolio: Long-term sustainability and scalability

The third round of the Fund focuses on supporting projects which provide solutions to challenges associated with forced displacement and complex humanitarian emergencies. The third round concentrates on collaborative partnerships, and solutions that demonstrate long-term sustainability and scalability beyond this grant.

Round 3 grantees:

  • Altech in partnership with La Difference, Vodacom, ELAN RDC, UNHCR: Desref commercializes SHS through PayGo model to DRC-based Burundian refugees, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • BBOXX in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council: Using pay-go solar to reduce protection risk for Congolese IDPs, Democratic Republic of Congo. 
  • Geopoll in partnership with the World Food Programme: Generating more granular and timely food security data to improve the responsiveness of humanitarian programmes in the Sahel, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.
  • EarthSpark International in partnership with Enèji Pwòp, Digicel Haiti and Dunn Family Foundation: Innovating rural climate resilience with microgrid systems and services, Haiti.
  • The Rumie Initiative: Increasing access to digital learning resources, specifically for women and girls
  • Solidarites International with technical partner Twilio: SOLIS Mobile Whatsapp Bot communication channel for refugees, Lebanon. 
  • OmniVis in partnership with icddr,b and Code for Africa: A handheld device to rapidly detect cholera in water, Bangladesh, Haiti and Kenya.

The Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation programme is supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the GSMA and its members.
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