The GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion aims to support innovative solutions to increasing mobile internet adoption and use for those currently not using mobile internet services.
The mobile industry connects over 3.5 billion citizens to the internet across the globe and continues to lead efforts on digital inclusion by connecting more people every day. Despite this, there is still a ‘usage gap’ of 3.3 billion people covered by mobile broadband networks who are not using mobile internet services. These citizens tend to belong to the most marginalized groups and are disproportionately rural, female, and illiterate. If current trends continue, more than 40 percent of the population in low- and middle-income countries will still be offline in 2025.
Location: United Kingdom
- Grant funding between £100,000 and £250,000
- Mentoring on the use of mobile technology including expert advice and bringing organizations together physically or virtually to share relevant insights and best practice on how to overcome the barriers preventing the unconnected from adopting and using mobile internet (including specific expertise on women, rural, etc.)
- Monitoring and evaluation support to help evidence SDG outcomes and promote product improvement
- Facilitation of relationships with mobile operators
- Bootcamp (a program of expert-led sessions and targeted networking) and regular offline clinics including a session on improvements of your product or service through, for instance, supporting human-centered design or usability testing led by subject-matter experts
- Opportunity to increase your visibility and raising your profile to potential investors and partners through profiling in our publications, social media, and participation in events such as Mobile World Congress Barcelona (global) and the M360 series (regional)
- Have active users and revenue in at least one eligible low- or middle-income market
- Use or be planning to use mobile technology strategically
- Have the potential and appetite to form strategic partnerships with mobile operators
- Have a clear and measurable socio-economic impact, in particular: serving low-income citizens, rural populations, women and/or youth
- Demonstrate how they will advance the SDGs
- Be registered and operating in the country of project implementation. The applicant must also be registered in the country where they will receive the grant money (if not the same as the implementation country).
- Be fully compliant with relevant business licensing, taxation, employee and other relevant regulations in all countries of operation
- Be compliant with all applicable laws including upholding/adhering to fundamental human rights, UK Modern Slavery Acts, Gender Equality Act, Child Protection Policies and all international labor standards
- Have 50% matching funding for the total grant amount ‘in cash’ and/or ‘in kind
Eligible Regions: Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka