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Accelerating mobile internet adoption: Policy considerations to bridge the digital divide in low- and middle-income countries

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Tuesday 11 May 2021 | Connected Society | Digital literacy | English | Global | Mobile access and use | Policy and regulation | Report | Research |

This report responds to the need to accelerate mobile internet adoption and use, which is the biggest challenge in bridging the digital divide. The report sets out a wide range of policy considerations and proposes a comprehensive ...

M4H Innovation Fund lessons and outcomes: Lumkani Fire Detection and Insurance

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Monday 3 May 2021 | Case study | Disaster response | English | Innovation fund and grants | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Preparedness | South Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa |

The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges. The first round of the Fund focused on providing support to help to test or scale ...

Building resilience through mobile-enabled solutions: Lessons from the Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund

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Tuesday 27 Apr 2021 | Disaster response | English | Global | Innovation fund and grants | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Preparedness | Refugee crisis | Refugees and forced migrants | Report |

In September 2017, with support from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the GSMA launched the Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund. The Fund aimed to catalyse partnerships that would deliver innovative, ...

COVID-19: Accelerating the use of digital agriculture

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Monday 26 Apr 2021 | AgriTech | AgriTech solutions | Building the financial ecosystem | Case study | Digitisation of agricultural value chains | English | Financial inclusion for farmers | Financial inclusion for women | Gender | Global | Mobile for Development | Policy and regulation | Presentation | Report | Research | Resilient technology | Resource | State of the industry and trends |

COVID-19 exposed the vulnerability of agricultural and food systems in LMICs. This report provides agritechs, MNOs, investors, and donors with insights into the adoption of digital agriculture and how to accelerate it in light of new challenges.

Inclusive Digital Agriculture: Making value chains work for farmers with disabilities

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Tuesday 27 Apr 2021 | AgriTech | AgriTech solutions | Assistive Tech | Digital inclusion for persons with disability | Digitisation of agricultural value chains | English | Financial inclusion for farmers | Global | Mobile for Development | Report | Resource |

For the first time, this report provides evidence of the barriers facing farmers with disabilities in the agricultural value chain in LMICs and the opportunities to support disability inclusion in agriculture through digital tools.

Digital Dividends in Plastic Recycling

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Thursday 22 Apr 2021 | ClimateTech | Mobile for Development | Report | Resource | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This report explores the specific benefits that plastics organisations in LMICs currently reap, or could eventually reap, from using digital tools or services or partnering with technology organisations.

Safaricom’s Maisha Ni Digital Campaign

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Tuesday 20 Apr 2021 | Case study | Connected Women | English | Gender | Kenya | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet for women | Report | Research | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This case study assesses the impact of the Maisha Ni Digital campaign on women’s adoption and use of mobile internet as well as the commercial benefits for Safaricom. It also provides key lessons learned and practical recommendations.

Access to Mobile Services and Proof of Identity 2021

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Thursday 15 Apr 2021 | Digital Identity | Mobile access and use | Report | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

The Access to Mobile Services and Proof of Identity research report series examines SIM registration policies globally and finds that certain underserved groups are significantly less likely to have a SIM card registered in their own name.

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Mobile money: Thriving in a year of global upheaval

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Wednesday 14 Apr 2021 | East Asia and Pacific | English | Latin America & the Caribbean | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile Money | Presentation | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa | Video |

This year’s State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money looks at how the industry has embraced disruption and built resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mobile money services across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the ...

The GSMA Mobile Money API as an enabler for Sustainable Development Goals

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Tuesday 13 Apr 2021 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Mobile Money | Report | Resource |

Mobile money is a rapidly growing sector of the financial services industry across developing markets, reaching many people who do not have access to other financial services.

GSMA Mobile Money API Compliance Verification Service brochure

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Tuesday 13 Apr 2021 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Mobile Money | Resource | Toolkit |

The GSMA Mobile Money API Compliance Verification Service is designed to support mobile money providers and third-party service providers who wish to comply with the harmonised industry specification on best practice in design and security.

High Level Virtual Roundtable Recording: Achieving mobile-enabled digital inclusion in Bangladesh

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Friday 9 Apr 2021 | Bangladesh | Connected Society | English | Mobile access and use | South Asia | Video | Webinar |

In this GSMA National Dialogues high level virtual roundtable, panellists examined the findings of the latest report, ‘Achieving mobile-enabled digital inclusion in Bangladesh’ and discussed the barriers to digital inclusion in Bangladesh and the ...

Addressing the Mobile Gender Gap in Pakistan

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Thursday 8 Apr 2021 | Connected Women | English | Gender | Mobile internet for women | Pakistan | Report | Research | South Asia |

Across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), mobile is the primary way most people access the internet, accounting for 85 per cent of total broadband connections. Despite the importance of mobile, the benefits are not shared ...

Scaling digital platforms through partnerships: The value of collaboration between mobile operators and digital platforms in emerging economies

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Wednesday 31 Mar 2021 | East Asia and Pacific | Ecosystem Accelerator | English | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile access and use | Report | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Digital platforms, defined as technology-enabled business models that create value by facilitating exchanges between two or more interdependent groups, have the potential to transform emerging economies in Africa and Southeast Asia by ...

Commercially Sustainable Roles for Mobile Operators in Digital ID Ecosystems

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Wednesday 31 Mar 2021 | Digital Identity | East Asia and Pacific | Education | Employment | English | Gender | Health | Latin America & the Caribbean | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile access and use | Policy and regulation | Report | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Leveraging SIM registration and mobile money KYC (Know Your Customer) proof-of-identity compliance to accelerate digital inclusion

Digital Innovation for Climate-Resilient Agriculture

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Wednesday 31 Mar 2021 | AgriTech | AgriTech solutions | English | Financial inclusion for farmers | Global | Mobile for Development | Report | Resource | Rural network coverage |

This report highlights the potential of digital services to strengthen the climate resilience of smallholder farmers, and focuses on how MNO assets - including rainfall observations from mobile networks - can be used to localise and scale these services.

Achieving mobile-enabled digital inclusion in Bangladesh

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Monday 29 Mar 2021 | Bangladesh | Connected Society | English | Mobile access and use | Report | South Asia |

The internet and digital technology have played a key role in helping to drive economic growth and societal development in Bangladesh. Mobile, as the primary means of internet access and the principal form of digital technology use in ...

Profitability 2.0: Ecosystem-driven business modelling and the future of mobile money margins

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Monday 29 Mar 2021 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Global | MNOs' operational and strategic issues | Mobile for Development | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Report | Resource |

This report demonstrates the case and timeliness for a transition to a more resilient ecosystem-centric profitability model through three stages and formulates key recommendations on opportunities and risk mitigation.

State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2021

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Wednesday 24 Mar 2021 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Financial inclusion for farmers | Financial inclusion for women | Gender | Global | Interoperability | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Policy and regulation | Refugees and forced migrants | Report | Research | Resource | State of the industry and trends | Water |

When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020, it quickly became clear that mobile money would have a significant role to play in delivering vital financial support and providing safe, no-contact ways to pay for food, electricity ...

Digital Identity: Accelerating Financial Inclusion During a Crisis

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Monday 22 Mar 2021 | Digital Identity | English | Report |

The impacts and opportunities of Know Your Customer (KYC) regulatory policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic

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

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Friday 12 Mar 2021 | Bangladesh | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Global | Global and regional studies | Guatemala | India | Kenya | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Mozambique | Nigeria | Pakistan | Report | Research | Resource |

This report identifies key demand-side trends on general and COVID-19-specific mobile money awareness and adoption and usage levels, including its impact on the diversification of use cases, frequency of transactions and agent interactions.

Humanitarian cash and voucher assistance programmes in Ethiopia

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Tuesday 9 Mar 2021 | English | Ethiopia | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Report | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This report, in partnership with the Collaborative Cash Delivery (CCD) Network, explores the context and capability of the mobile money ecosystem in Ethiopia.

Happy International Women’s Day from Mats Granryd

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Sunday 7 Mar 2021 | Connected Women | English | Financial inclusion for women | Gender | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Mobile internet for women | Video |

In a year where connectivity has become more vital than ever, this International Women's Day Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA, reflects on the increased importance of closing the mobile gender gap and urges us to take action. ...

Connected Women Life Stories: Trailer

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Sunday 7 Mar 2021 | Bangladesh | Connected Women | Democratic Republic of Congo | English | Financial inclusion for women | Gender | Ghana | India | Indonesia | Kenya | Life stories | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Mobile internet for women | Senegal | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania | Video |

Without access to mobile services, millions of women are being left behind. Mobile can help to empower women, making them feel safer and more connected, and providing them with access to life-enhancing services, often for the first ...

Photo Gallery: Connected Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity – Build Phase

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Thursday 25 Feb 2021 | Connected Society | Ghana | GSMA Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity | Sub-Saharan Africa | Uganda |

A selection of photos from the build phase of the Connected Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity, supplied by the vendors.

The Role of Digital and Mobile-Enabled Solutions in Addressing Climate Change

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Thursday 25 Feb 2021 | Central Insights | ClimateTech | Disaster response | Energy | English | Global | Preparedness | Report | Research | Resilient technology |

Climate change is the most pressing challenge facing humankind. The world has already warmed by more than 1°C since pre-industrial times and the effects of this warming continue to worsen, profoundly affecting lives, ...

COVID-19 and digital humanitarian action: Trends, risks and the path forward

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Monday 22 Feb 2021 | Disaster response | English | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Refugees and forced migrants | Report | Resource |

This report looks at how partners and grantees in the M4H portfolio have shifted or maintained their services in humanitarian contexts during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how mobile network operators have engaged in this process.

Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation: Annual Report

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Thursday 18 Feb 2021 | Digital inclusion for persons with disability | Digital literacy | Disaster response | English | Financial inclusion for women | Gender | Global | Innovation fund and grants | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Policy and regulation | Preparedness | Refugee crisis | Refugees and forced migrants | Report | Resource |

This report documents the progress of the M4H programme and partners in 2020, highlighting the key trends impacting the humanitarian sector in this unprecedented year, and summarising the activities and outcomes of research, the M4H ...

Are the effects of mobile money regulation gender neutral?

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Monday 15 Feb 2021 | Accelerating Digital and Financial Inclusion | Connected Women | English | Financial inclusion for women | Gender | Mobile Money | Research |

This policy note discusses the main findings of new GSMA research on the relationship between mobile money regulation and usage. The analysis combines data from the Mobile Money Regulatory Index and the Global Findex Database 2017 and ...

Artificial Intelligence and Start-Ups in Low- and Middle-Income Countries – Business models

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Monday 8 Feb 2021 | East Asia and Pacific | English | Frontier Technology | Latin America & the Caribbean | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile for Development | Research | Resource | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa | Video |

In this video, we explore the common business models for AI start-ups in low- and middle-income countries. To understand the common business models for AI solutions, we examined three vital factors: Approach to monetisation, target consumer segments ...

Connected Women: Accelerating digital and financial inclusion for women

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Friday 5 Feb 2021 | Connected Women | English | Financial inclusion for women | Gender | Mobile access and use | Mobile internet for women |

Mobile has the power to transform women’s lives. If the mobile gender gap is not addressed, women risk being left behind as societies and economies digitise. The GSMA Connected Women programme aims to reduce the gender gap in mobile ...

Health Systems, Digital Health and COVID-19: Insights from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Benin, Nigeria and Rwanda

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Tuesday 26 Jan 2021 | Bangladesh | Benin | Central Insights | English | Health | Mobile health | Myanmar | Nigeria | Pakistan | Report | Research | Resource | Rwanda | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This research unpacks the health systems and digital health solutions in six developing countries: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Benin, Nigeria and Rwanda. This report expands on another GSMA report published in June 2020, Digital Health: A Health ...

Agritech innovation in Latin America: opportunities for smallholders

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Thursday 21 Jan 2021 | AgriTech | AgriTech solutions | Digitisation of agricultural value chains | English | Financial inclusion for farmers | Latin America & the Caribbean | Resource | Spanish | Video |

Watch this video to learn about the agritech ecosystem for smallholder farmers in Latin America and the Caribbean and the emerging opportunities in digital agriculture.

Renewable Energy for Mobile Towers

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Tuesday 19 Jan 2021 | ClimateTech | Energy | Video |

In some low- and middle-income countries, mobile towers located off-grid or in areas with bad-grid connections, rely on diesel-powered generators that damage the environment. Watch this video to learn more about this challenge.

Artificial Intelligence and Start-Ups in Low- and Middle-Income Countries – Ethics and Barriers

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Tuesday 19 Jan 2021 | Central Insights | East Asia and Pacific | Frontier Technology | Mobile for Development | Research | Resource | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa | Video |

AI enables new technologies that improve efficiency and productivity, but it may also lead to increased inequalities. There are many ethical questions about data protection, ingrained bias because of poor data collection methods, social inclusion and ...

Artificial Intelligence and Start-Ups in Low- and Middle-Income Countries – The Landscape

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Monday 18 Jan 2021 | Central Insights | East Asia and Pacific | Frontier Technology | Mobile for Development | Research | Resource | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa | Video |

In 2020, the GSMA mapped 450 start-ups by sector in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and South Asia and Southeast Asia. In this video, we highlight some of the key findings on the ...

The Connectivity, Needs and Usage Assessment (CoNUA) Toolkit

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Monday 18 Jan 2021 | English | Global | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Refugees and forced migrants | Resource | Toolkit |

To address the need for a more evidence-based approach which puts recipients of assistance at the centre, the GSMA partnered with REACH and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster to produce the Connectivity, Needs and Usage Assessment (CoNUA) Toolkit.

How mobile money is scaling international remittances and fostering financial resilience: Learnings from Valyou Malaysia

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Friday 8 Jan 2021 | Bangladesh | Building the financial ecosystem | Case studies | Case study | English | Financial inclusion for women | International remittances | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Pakistan | Report | Research | Resource | South Asia |

Case study: In a three-year pilot between 2017 and 2020, mobile money provider Valyou trialled and expanded an app-based international remittance service tailored to migrant work.

Webinar on demand: Keeping Bangladesh connected: The role of the mobile industry during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Monday 21 Dec 2020 | Bangladesh | Connected Society | Mobile access and use | Presentation | Report | South Asia | Video |

Connectivity has become not only essential but critical in these challenging times. Digital technology has stepped in to fill the gaps and is playing a crucial role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. In Bangladesh, mobile technology is helping people ...

Reimagining identity ecosystems in Sub-Saharan Africa with mobile

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Monday 21 Dec 2020 | Benin | Digital Identity | Ghana | Kenya | Mobile access and use | Policy and regulation | Report | Sub-Saharan Africa | Uganda |

Mobile is increasingly becoming a powerful tool and a way of life in emerging economies. At the end of 2020, half a billion people in Sub-Saharan Africa subscribed to mobile services. This accounts for over 45% of the population. Thus, ...

Keeping Bangladesh connected: The role of the mobile industry during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Thursday 17 Dec 2020 | Bangladesh | Connected Society | English | Policy and regulation | Report | Research | South Asia |

Connectivity has become not only essential, but critical in these challenging times. Digital technology has stepped in to fill the gaps and is playing a crucial role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. In Bangladesh, mobile technology ...

Panorama del ecosistema agrotecnológico para los pequeños agricultores de América Latina y el Caribe

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Monday 30 Nov 2020 | AgriTech solutions | Digitisation of agricultural value chains | Financial inclusion for farmers | Global and regional studies | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile for Development | Report | Research | Resource | Spanish |

Artificial Intelligence and Start-Ups in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Progress, Promise and Perils

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Thursday 10 Dec 2020 | Frontier Technology | Mobile for Development | Presentation | Resource | Video |

Around the world, artificial intelligence (AI) is automating functions and making new services possible with breakthroughs in low-cost computing power, cloud computing services, growth in big data and advancements in machine learning and related processes.

The poverty reduction effects of mobile broadband in Africa: Evidence from Nigeria

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Thursday 10 Dec 2020 | Connected Society | English | Mobile access and use | Nigeria | Report | Sub-Saharan Africa |

The GSMA and the World Bank have developed a study to analyse the welfare impact of mobile broadband based on data from Nigeria, the largest mobile market and economy in Africa. The analysis shows that the deployment of mobile ...

Scaling Digital Solutions in the Water Sector – Lessons from CityTaps and Wonderkid

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Thursday 3 Dec 2020 | Digital Utilities | English | Innovation fund and grants | Mobile access and use | Sub-Saharan Africa | Water |

In Sub-Saharan Africa, just under 25 per cent of urban households have access to piped water. Inequalities in service provision mean that many people in low-income areas rely on informal service providers, and often pay more ...

Mobile money enabled cash assistance: User journeys in Burundi

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Monday 7 Dec 2020 | Burundi | English | French | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Report | Research | Resource |

This report applies a human-centred design approach that empathises with and understands the lived experiences of Concern Burundi’s CVA recipients who are receiving mobile money-enabled humanitarian aid.

Displacement and Connectivity in Latin America

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Wednesday 2 Dec 2020 | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Presentation | Refugees and forced migrants | Thrive LATAM Sessions | Video |

In this session, the GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation programme, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Rescue Committee explored the critical importance of access to mobile technology and essential information sharing among refugees...

AgriTech Trends in Latin America: Innovations Disrupting Smallholder Farming

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Tuesday 1 Dec 2020 | AgriTech | AgriTech solutions | Latin America & the Caribbean | Presentation | Resource | Thrive LATAM Sessions | Video |

In this session, we explored trends in digital disruption impacting smallholder farmers in Latin America. Regional practitioners and experts shared their experiences on the potential of digital interventions to address low farm productivity and lack of ...

The Mobile Disability Gap Report 2020

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Tuesday 1 Dec 2020 | Assistive Tech | Bangladesh | Brazil | India | Kenya | Mexico | Nigeria | Pakistan | Research | Uganda |

More than five billion people globally are mobile subscribers. As we move towards a more digital society, it is critical that digital technologies are inclusive of everyone, including persons with disabilities. However, research ...

Landscaping the agritech ecosystem for smallholder farmers in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Monday 30 Nov 2020 | AgriTech | AgriTech solutions | Argentina | Chile | Colombia | Digitisation of agricultural value chains | El Salvador | English | Financial inclusion for farmers | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile for Development | Report | Research | Resource |

This landscape analysis of digital agriculture tools in Latin America and the Carribean highlights major trends and key opportunities for digital interventions that could deliver long-term, sustainable economic and social benefits for smallholder farmers.

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Understanding the State of Mobile Internet Connectivity 2020

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Thursday 19 Nov 2020 | Connected Society | Mobile access and use | Resource | Video | Webinar |

Almost half of the world’s population – 3.8 billion people – are using mobile internet. This continues to grow, with an additional 250 million people connecting for the first time in 2019. For many citizens, mobile is their only means of accessing the ...

Mobile money: Regional deep-dives in Africa, Asia and Latin America & the Caribbean

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Tuesday 17 Nov 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile Money | Policy and regulation | Research | Resource | State of the industry and trends |

The global mobile money industry 2019 marked a major milestone for the mobile money industry: the number of registered mobile money accounts surpassed one billion. Reaching the one billion mark is a tremendous achievement for ...

New perspectives: How COVID-19 has shifted sustainability priorities in the mobile sector

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Monday 16 Nov 2020 | English | Global | Mobile Money | Report | Resource |

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it an unprecedented human and economic crisis, affecting all corners of the world. As governments have grappled with responding to the rapidly evolving crisis, the role and expectations on private ...

Initiatives Taken by JazzCash to Reach Out to Females

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | Connected Women | East Asia and Pacific | Resource | Thrive APAC Shorts | Video |

Explore the initiatives taken by JazzCash to reach out to females.

Driving Digital Financial Inclusion through Female Agents

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | Connected Women | East Asia and Pacific | Gender | Resource | Thrive APAC Shorts | Video |

Brad Jones from Wave Money discusses driving digital financial inclusion through female agents.

Vodafone Sakhi: Voices of Impact from India

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | Connected Women | East Asia and Pacific | Resource | Thrive APAC Shorts | Video |

Hear how Vodafone Sakhi's features are helping women in India.

Empowering Women Through Mobile: Story from India

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | Connected Women | East Asia and Pacific | Gender | Life stories | Resource | Thrive APAC Shorts | Video |

Learn how mobile is empowering women in India.

Opening the Doors to Digital Innovation and Inclusion for People with Disabilities

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | Assistive Tech | East Asia and Pacific | Presentation | Resource | Thrive APAC Sessions | Video |

The current COVID19 pandemic response has disrupted and changed the ways in which societies operate. Yet people with disabilities, who may be particularly vulnerable in such disruptive times, are likely to be further isolated due to the inaccessibility ...

Digital Opportunities for MNOs: A Discussion with Jazz Pakistan

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | AgriTech | Resource | Thrive APAC Shorts | Video |

Watch our discussion with Jazz Pakistan about the potential digital opportunities for MNOs.

Driving Affordable Smart Farming through Partnerships

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | AgriTech | East Asia and Pacific | Resource | Thrive APAC Shorts | Video |

Learn more about driving affordable smart farming through partnerships.

Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities through Digital Solutions

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Thursday 5 Nov 2020 | Digital Utilities | East Asia and Pacific | Presentation | Resource | Sanitation | Thrive APAC Sessions | Video | Water |

This session featured a range of different kinds of actors to discuss the opportunities and barriers for implementing digital solutions at scale. The session highlighted examples of how digital solutions are seeking to make energy, water, waste ...

The Value of Open APIs to Grow the Mobile Money Ecosystem

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | East Asia and Pacific | Mobile Money | Presentation | Resource | Thrive APAC Sessions | Video |

Mobile money continues to grow across Asia Pacific, having surpassed 473 million accounts in 2019. Ecosystem development remains a top priority for mobile money providers in the region. By providing easily accessible APIs, providers can enable seamless ...

Digitising Rural Asia: Transforming Agriculture with Agritech

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | AgriTech | Presentation | Resource | Thrive APAC Sessions | Video |

We explored the opportunity to digitise the agricultural last mile in APAC. This session brought together regional practitioners and experts to discuss digital agriculture projects that bring efficiencies to farmers and agribusiness in the agricultural ...

The state of mobile money in Asia

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Interoperability | Mobile Money | Resource | State of the industry and trends | Thrive APAC Shorts | Video |

Explore the state of the mobile money industry in Asia.

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

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | East Asia and Pacific | Ecosystem Accelerator | English | Innovation fund and grants | South Asia | 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 ...

Digital Literacy Training Guide

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Monday 2 Nov 2020 | English | Global | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Mobile Money | Resource | Toolkit | Uganda |

The purpose of this guide is to prepare mobile money agents and digital literacy change agents to educate people in their communities about the benefits of mobile money services and how to use them.

Artificial Intelligence and Start-Ups in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Progress, Promises and Perils

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Friday 30 Oct 2020 | Central Insights | East Asia and Pacific | English | Frontier Technology | Mobile for Development | Report | Resource | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This study examines the current use of AI in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) across Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and South and Southeast Asia. The report mapped a sample of 450 start-ups by sector in alignment with the UN Sustainable ...

Connected Society: Delivering digital inclusion for all

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Thursday 29 Oct 2020 | Connected Society | Global | Resource |

The GSMA Connected Society programme works with the mobile industry and key stakeholders to increase access to and adoption of mobile internet, focusing on underserved population groups in low and middle-income countries. The unconnected population is ...

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Education For All During COVID-19 and the Promise of EdTech

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Tuesday 27 Oct 2020 | Central Insights | Education | Mobile for Development | Resource | Video | Webinar |

COVID-19 has exacerbated an already existing education crisis, where 260 million children and youth globally were unable to attend school before the pandemic. Nations worldwide have endeavoured to set up new education models that could augment ...

Introducing Digital Agriculture Maps: The state of the sector in 2020

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Thursday 22 Oct 2020 | AgriTech | Blog | Case studies | English | Global | Global and regional studies | Mobile for Development | Resource | State of the industry and trends | Video |

In this video blog, Daniele Tricarico of the GSMA AgriTech programme presents

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.

Erwan Gelebart, CEO, JazzCash

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Friday 16 Oct 2020 | Accelerating Digital and Financial Inclusion | Building the financial ecosystem | Connected Women | English | Financial inclusion for women | Gender | Pakistan | South Asia | Video |

JazzCash initiatives to drive financial inclusion for women: In this interview we hear from Erwan Gelebart, CEO of JazzCash, who tells us why reaching out to women customers is so important. He also discusses how ...

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 ...

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Beyond one billion: Exploring the state of mobile money in Africa

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Wednesday 14 Oct 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Financial inclusion for women | Gender | Interoperability | Mobile Money | Policy and regulation | Research | Resource | State of the industry and trends | Webinar |

As part of Financial Inclusion Week, we hosted a webinar to deep dive into Africa’s core mobile money trends over the past year. Watch now to hear the team behind the State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2019 uncover the key findings.

Mobile money in the time of a crisis: Interview with the World Food Programme

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Wednesday 14 Oct 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Global | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Mobile Money | Resource | Video |

As part of the Mobile Money Leadership Forum at GSMA Thrive Africa, we asked Enrica Porcari, Chief Information Officer at the World Food Programme, for her perspectives on the unique role of mobile money in humanitarian contexts during a crisis.

Mobile money in the time of a crisis: Interviews with Orange Money Senegal and Irembo

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Wednesday 14 Oct 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Mobile Money | Resource | Rwanda | Senegal | Sub-Saharan Africa | Video |

As part of the Mobile Money Leadership Forum at GSMA Thrive Africa, we spoke to Ramatoulaye A. Diallo, CEO of Orange Mobile Financial Services Senegal and Faith Keza, CEO of Irembo, about the unique role of mobile money during the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

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 ....

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 ...

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 ...

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 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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.