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  The GSMA Innovation Fund for Humanitarian Challenges is aimed at identifying, funding, and supporting ventures that are taking an innovative approach to tackling humanitarian issues in low and middle-income countries. It is particularly for startups and social enterprises that are solving those problems by leveraging mobile and digital technology.
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Candidates discovered to be the most perfect fit with GSMA’s requirements stand a chance of getting up to ₤250,000 in grants to enable them to build and scale their projects. Ultimately, the program’s organizers hope that the initiative will spur transformation in its target regions by improving access to mobile and digital solutions to the pressing challenges they face.
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Projects selected by GSMA from the pool of applicants will receive grants of between ₤100,000 and ₤250,000 to scale their solution over a 15 to 18-month period. They will also get technical support from GSMA and its partners, ensuring that they overcome technological hurdles to achieving their project aims.
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This program is open to ventures that meet these criteria:
  • Should be female-founded or female-led, or at least have a significant female representation at all levels
  • Strong presence in their country, with a commitment to upskilling and promoting local staff
  • Ideally, a local and community-led organization run by local people who understand the local context
  • Partnered with community organizations to deliver their project
  • Understand how their solution drives preparedness and response to humanitarian challenges and measure such an impact
  • A good grasp of the mobile connectivity landscape of the region they are serving
  • Have not received prior FCDO funding through GSMA
Applications will remain open until February 12, 2024. If you would like to apply for this opportunity, you can do so HERE.
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This article was first published on 15th December 2023 and updated on December 29th, 2023 at 7:17 pm


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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