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GSMA Mobile for Development

GSMA Mobile for Development

GSMA Mobile for Development

Uniting the mobile industry & development community to drive commercial services for underserved people. Mobile for Development Impact is an entrepreneurial group dedicated to leveraging mobile technology for good in the developing world.

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GSMA Mobile for Development

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About GSMA – Mobile for Development

Today mobile phones are the most popular and widespread personal technology on the planet.  In the developing world, mobile phones have revolutionised telecommunications.  Most importantly, a significant proportion of these mobile connections are believed to be in the hands of low-income users. For example, over 40% of people living on low-incomes in Africa have access to a mobile phone.

As the one technology that is becoming widely accessible to all populations, including those at the bottom of the economic pyramid (BOP), there has been increased focus on the invaluable role mobile technology can play in improving social, economic and environmental development in emerging markets. As the remaining unconnected populations get access to mobile technology and the capabilities it provides, the lives of these populations will fundamentally shift.  The simple increase in access to information at a faster pace, from new sources, will influence everything.  Affordable mobile phones and the opportunities they usher in for the poor will be one of the most dramatic game-changing technologies the world has ever seen.  Industry growth will happen with or without our intervention; the role of M4D Impact will be to educate all those interested in harnessing the power of mobile for good

About M4D Impact

About M4D Impact

We believe that open access to high quality data will improve business decision making, increase total investment from both the commercial mobile industry and the development sector and accelerate economic, environmental and social impact from mobile solutions.

A challenge facing mobile industry stakeholders in the developing world is the lack of publicly available data and analysis to support their business decision making and to clarify the socio-economic impact of mobile. M4D Impact will fill this information gap.

There are nearly six billion mobile connections in the developing world, increasing by 18 per second. The industry is moving beyond basic voice to the use of mobile to deliver services in adjacent sectors such as health, financial services, agriculture and education. As the most widely adopted technology in history, mobile is uniquely positioned to drive economic, environmental and social change.

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