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.

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

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