The GSMA Innovation Fund for Humanitarian Challenges

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As global humanitarian needs continue to rise, there is an increasing demand to respond with innovative, impactful and scalable solutions powered by mobile and digital technology. On 11 December, the GSMA opened the GSMA Innovation Fund for Humanitarian Challenges. The Fund will provide grants as well as additional non-financial and technical support to projects that leverage mobile and digital technology to pilot and scale solutions that address humanitarian challenges in low- and middle-income countries. The specific objective of this new Fund is to test innovative use cases, partnerships, and business models that can improve access to sustainable digital-enabled solutions for those who are affected by – or vulnerable to – humanitarian challenges.  

The Fund accepted applications from for-profit small and growing enterprises (commercially viable start-ups, small and medium enterprises, and social enterprises with up to 250 employees).

Successful projects will receive a grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale their innovation over a 15 to 18 month period.

Additional information

To learn more about the GSMA Innovation Fund for Humanitarian Challenges, find details in the links below:

If you have any further questions, please email GSMAIF@gsma.com.


This initiative is currently funded by UK International Development from the UK government and is supported by the GSMA and its members.
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