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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 | 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 | 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 | CleanTech | 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 | 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 | 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

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 study | English | Financial inclusion for women | Mobile Money | 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 | 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 | English | Innovation fund and grants | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development Utilities | 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 | 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 | East Asia and Pacific | Mobile for Development Utilities | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Mobile for Development 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 | Mobile for Development 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 | CleanTech | 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 | CleanTech | 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 | Mobile for Development 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 | Mobile for Development 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 ...

Accelerating digital inclusion for people experiencing homelessness

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Friday 27 Mar 2020 | Case studies | Case study | Digital Equity | English | Gender | Mobile access and use | Research | USA | Video |

Our latest research aims to better understand the potential impact of mobile as a solution for increasing digital inclusion for one of the most underserved groups in high GDP contexts - people experiencing homelessness. To achieve ...

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 ...

Digital Agriculture Maps

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | AgriTech | Building the financial ecosystem | East Asia and Pacific | Global | Global and regional studies | Latin America & the Caribbean | Report | Resource | South Asia | State of the industry and trends | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This report on the key trends in digital agriculture, produced in collaboration with IDH Farmfit, offers a snapshot into the digital agriculture landscape in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).

Digitalising person-to-government payments

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Thursday 1 Oct 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Global | Mobile for Development | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter | Policy and regulation | Report | Research | Resource |

Mobile technology plays a key role in the digital transformation of governments, enabling efficient delivery of government services and improved access for citizens and businesses. Digitalisation makes government services and payments ...

Education For All in the Time of COVID-19: How EdTech can be Part of the Solution

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | Central Insights | Report |

COVID-19 has magnified an education crisis in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This exacerbates the existing challenges in the education system that suffers from infrastructure barriers, low ...

Exploring the state of mobile money in Africa

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | Interoperability | Mobile Money | Resource | State of the industry and trends | Video |

A regional Africa-cut of the State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2019, showcasing the highlights from the mobile money industry across Africa.

Benin’s Digital Health ID

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Tuesday 29 Sep 2020 | Benin | Case studies | Case study | Digital Identity | English | Mobile access and use | Mobile health | Regulation | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa |

A digital health ID is a form of identity stored on a mobile phone used specifically to access health services and medical records. It is a means to improve the quality of healthcare, expand patient access to ...

Innovators creating impact: Virtual insights from the ground featuring NuRAN Wireless

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Monday 28 Sep 2020 | Connected Society | Ghana | GSMA Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Video |

NuRAN Wireless is one of the grantees of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity. In this short video, NuRAN illustrates the process from the initial cutting of metal for the towers through to the completed sites.

Renewable Energy for Mobile Towers: Opportunities for low- and middle-income countries

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Monday 28 Sep 2020 | CleanTech | East Asia and Pacific | Energy | Research | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

In this report, we examine the scale of the off-grid and bad-grid challenge in LMICs, and evaluate how the renewable energy landscape has changed.

The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report 2020

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Tuesday 22 Sep 2020 | Connected Society | English | Global | Report | Research | Resource | State of the industry and trends |

Almost half of the world’s population are now using mobile internet. This Connected Society flagship report provides a comprehensive overview of the trends in global connectivity to inform progress towards closing the coverage and usage gaps.

Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Podcast – Episode 9:
Adopting New Technologies

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Wednesday 9 Sep 2020 | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Podcasts | Video |

In Episode 9, Jaki Mebur (Market Engagement Manager at GSMA), Hamse Koshin (MEAL Specialist at Care International Somalia and Somaliland) and Ali Bosir (Head of Business Development at Telesom Somaliland) ...

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Beyond one billion: Exploring Asia’s mobile money landscape

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Thursday 10 Sep 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | East Asia and Pacific | Mobile Money | Research | South Asia | State of the industry and trends | Webinar |

Hear from the team behind the State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2019 to uncover the key findings of Asia’s mobile money landscape.

Videocast: The many paths to mobile money interoperability: Selecting the right model for your market

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Thursday 6 Aug 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | Global | Interoperability | Mobile for Development | Mobile Money | Research | Resource | Video |

A short videocast exploring the key findings and insights from the report 'There are many paths to mobile money interoperability: Selecting the right model for your market.'

QR Code Merchant Payments. A growth opportunity for mobile money providers

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Thursday 1 Oct 2020 | Interoperability | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Mobile Money | Programme | Report | Resource Type | Sub-Saharan Africa | Type |

QR code payments are enjoying significant but fragmented global growth, often competing with long-established payment methods, such as card payments. This report looks at some of the most successful schemes around the world and why they are successful.

Why is there a need for the GSMA Mobile Money API Specification? A comparison with other industry standards

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Thursday 30 Jul 2020 | Building the financial ecosystem | English | Industry assets and standards | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme - filter |

This paper examines the different approaches mobile money providers could potentially use to deliver open APIs, and outlines the findings of analysis undertaken on the scope of the existing API standards and APIs, and how they compare with the GSMA API.

Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Podcast – Episode 8:
Human-Centred Design

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Thursday 30 Jul 2020 | Kenya | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Podcasts | Resource | Video |

In Episode 8, Zoe Hamilton (Insights Manager at GSMA), Mark Kamau (Head User Experience Designer at BRCK) and Aline Alonso (Design Researcher at Butterfly Works) discuss methodologies for inclusivity in humanitarian assistance. Specifically, the panel disc

Opportunities for digital assistive technology innovations in Africa and Asia

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Monday 27 Jul 2020 | Assistive Tech | Innovation fund and grants | Middle East and North Africa | Report | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Digital assistive technologies (ATs), particularly mobile-based ATs, have the potential to be a valuable and cost-effective tool for persons with disabilities. To realise this opportunity there is a need for locally relevant digital ...

The digital lives of refugees and Kenyans with disabilities in Nairobi: A human-centred design approach to identifying mobile-enabled opportunities

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Monday 27 Jul 2020 | Assistive Tech | English | Kenya | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Refugee crisis | Report | Research | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This research focuses on disability, using human-centred design methods to better understand how refugees and Kenyans with visual and hearing impairments in Nairobi use mobile technology and potential opportunities that it could provide.

Human-centred design in humanitarian settings: Methodologies for inclusivity

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Monday 27 Jul 2020 | English | Kenya | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Refugee crisis | Report | Research | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This report documents the human-centred design process used in a project conducted in 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya.

GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit: A guide for training people in basic mobile internet skills

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Monday 27 Jul 2020 | Connected Society | English | Global | Mobile Digital Skills Alliance | Resource |

The GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT) uses a ‘train the trainer’ approach to teach people basic mobile internet skills. The MISTT consists of short lessons in PDF format that can be easily adapted to local needs and languages.