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Supporting our members to rethink agricultural digitisation: Key takeaways from the mAgri Field Focus Session

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The GSMA mAgri team started 2018 with the ambitious mission of hosting our first Field Focus Session dedicated to digitising agricultural value chains. The weeklong event took place in Uganda where we brought together 10 mobile operators from across Africa and South Asia and ...

Bringing water to every urban home with the power of mobile – an update on our grantee, CityTaps

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In 2013, we launched the Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities Innovation Fund to trial and scale the use of mobile to improve or increase access to energy, water and sanitation services. To date, we have awarded Seed and Market Validation grants to 34 organisations in 21 ...

Insights from TechPoint Build 2018 and Nigeria’s tech ecosystem

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On January 27, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to participate in TechPoint Build in Lagos, Nigeria. The event, organised by Techpoint.ng, convened start-ups, investors, tech hubs and mobile operators and other ecosystem players from across Nigeria. We took ...

Key stakeholders are coming together to digitise the last mile of agricultural value chains in Ghana

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As part of a series of three country-focused reports that highlight pathways to digitising the last mile of agricultural value chains, we previously shared findings from Uganda and Côte d’Ivoire. In this blog, drawing on findings from our third report, we take a closer look ...

Millicom and the GSMA: Driving digital inclusion in Rwanda through the Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit

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Read our latest guest blog post by Mohamed Dabbour, EVP Millicom Africa. Read more

Three takeaways from the Techfugees inaugural Global Summit

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The Disaster Response programme took part in the Techfugees Global Summit which brought the tech community together with refugees and humanitarian organizations to showcase how technology can improve the lives of displaced people worldwide. Read more

Eneza Education: making “education for all” a reality by working hand-in-hand with mobile operators

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Over the past two years, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme has been closely following the developments of Nairobi-based EdTech start-up Eneza Education. After deep-diving on the synergies they drive with Safaricom in Kenya in our “Building synergies” report, we had a ...

Rethinking business: What greater smartphone uptake means for the future of mobile money

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In a 2016 blog, we argued that smartphones have the potential to drive innovation in product and user experience (UX) design, in addition to supporting increased competition in the mobile money industry. Last year, to understand how growth of smartphone customers will change ...

Can mobile operators help their customers understand the internet? Lessons from a pilot with Tigo Rwanda

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Across the world, the internet is increasingly central to people’s lives, one of the key ways in which people communicate, transact or find things out. Mobile now plays a central role in the economy: in 2016 it contributed US$3.22 billion to global GDP, representing 4.5% of ...

Blending tradition with digital finance innovation: a mobile group savings product in Chad – Part 1

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This is part 1 of a guest blog by Chloe Gueguen, former Market Insights Manager, GSMA Connected Women. Mobile money has shown its potential as a powerful catalyst for financial inclusion, yet, a gender gap persists. Part 1 of this blog looks at a case study from Chad that ...

Blending tradition with digital finance innovation: a mobile group savings product in Chad – Part 2

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his is part 2 of a guest blog by Chloe Gueguen, former Market Insights Manager, GSMA Connected Women. Mobile money has shown its potential as a powerful catalyst for financial inclusion, yet, a gender gap persists. Part 2 of this blog provides recommendations for operators ...

Mobisol: ‘Electrification is more than lights’ – An innovative approach ensuring smartphone affordability for rural African communities

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This post was guest-authored by Henrik Axelsson Lilja, CEO, East Africa at Mobisol Group. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the GSMA.Read more

Complementarity and commitment in good measure for successful partnerships: Lessons from Product Health

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This blog was written by Charu Chadha, former Senior Market Engagement Manager, Mobile for Development Utilities Country(s) of implementation: Tanzania, Kenya and Bangladesh Mobile channels: Machine to machine (M2M) connectivity and Mobile services In 2013, we launched the ...

Mobile Money: Bringing financial inclusion to life for women in Ghana

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According to the Central Bank of Ghana, mobile money has experienced rapid growth since it was introduced in 2009, with registered accounts doubling to 40% in the year to 2016. However, there is still a gender gap in both mobile phone ownership of 16% and similarly mobile ...

Connected Women Webinar – Mapping the mobile money gender gap: insights from Cote d’Ivoire and Mali Navigation

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Ensuring that women are financially included via mobile money has a range of benefits, not only for women themselves, but for society as a whole, and it is also good for business. Our webinar will look at insights from our research in Cote d’Ivoire and Mali to better ...

Connected Women Webinar – Mapping the mobile money gender gap: insights from Cote d’Ivoire and Mali

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Ensuring that women are financially included via mobile money has a range of benefits, not only for women themselves, but for society as a whole, and it is also good for business. Our webinar will look at insights from our research in Cote d’Ivoire and Mali to better ...

GSMA PUBLISHES NEW REPORT ON MOBILE-ENABLED DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN GHANA

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GSMA, DFID, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Ghanaian Government and UNDP to Work Together to Harness the Power of Mobile to Deliver Life-Enhancing    Services and Support the SDGs in Ghana Accra, Ghana: At a high-level roundtable between the Government of Ghana and ...

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA TO SURPASS HALF A BILLION MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS BY END OF DECADE, FINDS NEW GSMA STUDY

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Sub-Saharan’s Mobile Economy Valued at $110 Billion – 7.7 Per Cent of GDP Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: More than half a billion people across Sub-Saharan Africa will be subscribed to a mobile service by the end of a decade, according to a new GSMA study. The new report, ‘The ...

Transform Africa Summit 2017

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At the recent Transform Africa Summit 2017 in Kigali, Akinwale Goodluck, GSMA Head of Africa, participated in an ‘Internet for All’ panel session and Shola Sanni, Senior Policy Manager for Africa, led the discussion in the ‘Infrastructure and Connectivity’ breakout group. ...

Connecting the unconnected in rural Tanzania

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The first tri-party operator national roaming agreement in Sub-Saharan Africa is now live in Tanzania #SDG 1, 5, 9 & 17. Watch the video