GSMA Announces Innovation Fund for Humanitarian Crises

Organizations with mobile and digital solutions which anticipate and enable early emergency responses to humanitarian crises can now apply for the GSMA Innovation Fund for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action. The application process will remain open until the 19th of January 2023.

This initiative, funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, will test innovative use cases, partnerships, and business models to improve access to digital-enabled solutions for those vulnerable to, and impacted by, humanitarian crises. The Fund will also generate evidence and insights from these innovations, enabling more effective early responses. With grants of up to £250,000, the Fund will support digital innovation projects that leverage mobile technology and help scale solutions together with the mobile industry, supporting some of the 300 million people globally in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.

“As the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance continues to rise, it is more important than ever to act early. Innovative mobile-enabled solutions to anticipate extreme events can contribute to making responses timely, effective and cost-efficient,” said Max Cuvellier, Head of Mobile for Development, GSMA. “In this context, we are proud to announce the launch of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action, in partnership with the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). The Fund’s ambition is to support digital innovation and collaboration in anticipatory action from organizations operating in a wide range of settings.”

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action builds on the success of previous rounds of the GSMA Innovation Fund such as the Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation. The GSMA is inviting applications from non-profits, start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and social enterprises which use digital technology, particularly mobile, to deliver solutions to countries that have faced, or are more likely to face, natural hazard disasters and other humanitarian crises. It is expected to see applications that encompass a diverse range of solutions, including those which support pre-positioning and early deployment activities, the dissemination of early warning messages, and systems that will enhance communication between organizations and affected communities.

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