The Foundation’s Mobile Technology Programme leverages mobile technology to support women entrepreneurs in becoming successful business owners. The programme works with a wide range of partners in the mobile ecosystem to provide women entrepreneurs with access to training, technology, networks and capital. We combine research, projects and advocacy across three models:

  • Delivering customised mobile applications to address the unique challenges facing women entrepreneurs in developing economies
  • Increasing the participation and capacity of women in mobile and banking agent networks
  • Ensuring financial inclusion by providing mobile financial services to women entrepreneurs

The programme was formed in response to our pioneering report, Women & Mobile: A Global Opportunity, published in 2010 with the GSMA Development Fund. The report revealed that 300 million women in developing countries are missing out on the mobile technology revolution – and that closing this gender gap would bring significant social benefits to women and their families, as well as a $13 billion revenue opportunity to mobile operators.

We welcome interest from mobile operators and device manufacturers, platform providers and vendors, academics, consulting firms and non-profit organisations. Our previous and existing partners include the Vodafone Foundation in India, GSMA, ExxonMobil Foundation, Visa and USAID.

The Mobile Technology Programme has reached over 115,000 women to date. We have…

  • Supported 1,500 women to manage an agricultural supply chain in India via a mobile app
  • Provided 100,500 women with business training via their mobile phones
  • Trained nearly 3,000 mobile money agents trained in Africa
  • Provided over 10,000 women with classroom-based business training

The Foundation’s work in this field has been recognised globally. Our Usaha Wanita mobile service in Indonesia won the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award. Our supply change management application in India was awarded Best Mobile Service in Emerging Markets at the Mobile World Congress 2014 and received a South East Asia 2014mBillionth Award.

We are able to achieve as much as we do through the combined efforts of partners, volunteers and others. Read about the projects and research within the Mobile Technology Programme and help us support more passionate women to achieve their ambitions and make a difference in their community. Find out more about our partners and how you can get involved.