GSMA launches Disaster Response Innovation Fund


By Jonathan Nally
Monday, 11 September, 2017


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The GSMA has announced the launch of a Disaster Response Innovation Fund to spur development of mobile technology solutions to assist those affected by humanitarian emergencies, and to strengthen disaster prevention, preparedness and response.

The fund is backed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and supported by the GSMA and its members.

The initiative is open to applicants that deliver services in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and/or North Africa.

Submissions must represent a collaboration consisting of two or more mobile network operators, NGOs, humanitarian agencies, emergency/environmental bodies and/or private sector companies.

An example of a potential application could be an Internet of Things solution for triggering early warning system alerts or an open-source mobile-based platform for sharing humanitarian information.

Funding of up to £300,000 per project is available.

Full details are available at www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/programmes/disaster-response/innovation-fund.

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