Innovation Fund

The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund

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


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.

A map of our nine Round 2 grantees

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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.

A full portfolio including more detailed descriptions of grantee projects across rounds 1 and 2 will be released soon.


Subsequent rounds

Round 3 closed on 7 June, 2019. Successful grantees will be announced in early 2020.


The Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation programme is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the GSMA and its members.
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