Mobile Technology Programme

About Our Mobile Technology Programme

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.

Download the programme leaflet here.

Mobile Research

Mobile Projects

Reach and Impact

  • 116,000

    women reached through our mobile technology programme

  • 2,500

    women trained as mobile money agents in Nigeria

  • 145%

    increase in value of transactions processed by women mobile agents in Nigeria

  • 1,800

    women supported to manage an agricultural supply chain in India via a mobile app

Success Stories