Expanding Health Coverage Using Mobile Phone Data

By Rachel Sibande (Digital Impact Alliance), Erwin Knippenberg (Cooper/Smith) On April 10th, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) in partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health and Cooper/Smith held a workshop showcasing the recent use of Mobile Network Operator (MNO) data to inform policymaking. Often, when people think of using network data for development, there are […]

Cross-Post: Operationalising Mobile Phone Network Data for Development and Humanitarian Action

How has mobile network data been used to inform policy? What building blocks need to be in place to leverage mobile phone network data for real-time policy analysis, decision making and impact tracking? UN Global Pulse and the Digital Impact Alliance are excited to host a joint-session at the UN World Data Forum in Dubai […]

Cross-Post: Digital Inclusion: The Role of the Mobile Network Operator in Africa

The original post was featured on GSMA Conference Confidential and can be found here. The Mobile 360 Africa series brings together leaders from Africa’s technology and telecom industries for one of Africa’s largest gathering of technology practitioners. Mobile network operators, donors, development partners, technology companies and startups all convene to engage in thought provoking conversations […]

Introducing DIAL’s Mobile Market Model

There is little doubt that mobile plays a critical role in facilitating services for the developing world and in collective efforts to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Governments are beginning to recognize the reach and costs/benefits of using mobile channels, and are taking an active role in scaling up mobile-enabled programs. In Nigeria, for example, […]

A Critical Time for Digital Development: DIAL Launches the Digital Ecosystem Survey

Today, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) launched a survey of the global digital development ecosystem – the first of its kind. We are conducting research to be able to measure changes in the successes and challenges of funders, NGOs, governments, mobile network operators, and technology specialists across the digital development ecosystem. Based on the community’s […]

What did Mobile World Congress 2018 show us about Creating a Better Future?

At the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) 107,000 visitors from 205 countries gathered to see the latest offerings showcased by the mobile industry and convene around topics such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) – all connected to greater theme of Creating a Better Future. But, how can we create a better […]

Cross-Post: Leveraging Mobile Data to Achieve the SDGs

New mobile trends reveal how the spread of digital technology is impacting the world: As of 2017, five billion people—two-thirds of the global population—now use mobile phones to connect to life-enhancing opportunities and services, according to GSMA. Greater access to mobile technology means that more data is being generated; use of this data can improve […]

Taking the Next Step to Implement Data4Development in Malawi

Malawi is a country of more than 17 million people stretching over 118,000 sq km in Southern Africa. The country is called the warm heart of Africa for the friendliness and compassion of its people and the beautiful warm waters of Lake Malawi. However, there are multiple challenges facing Malawi’s economy and public health sector. […]

Providing Sustainable Access to Underserved Populations By Aggregating Core Mobile Services

Despite the growth of smartphone adoption and mobile internet access around the world, the majority of underserved populations in emerging markets still depend on core mobile channels – primarily voice, SMS and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) – for communication, which are provided by mobile network operators (MNOs). However, working with MNOs has its challenges […]