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GSMA showcases Gravity in its Blockchain for Development report

GSMA showcases Gravity in its Blockchain for Development report

GSMA showcases Gravity in its Blockchain for Development report, December 14th, 2017

The report provides four case studies (from Gravity, BanQu, Disberse and WFP) that show how blockchain platforms are being used to improve people’s access to self-sovereign identities, bring new levels of transparency to the distribution of international aid, and improve the efficiency of humanitarian cash transfers. The GSMA Digital Identity team notes that early evidence is showing that these projects could provide mobile operators with new opportunities to support development partners, create new revenue streams, reduce their Know-Your-Customer (KYC) compliance costs and related barriers, and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

About the GSMA Digital Identity programme: mission of the programme is to leverage mobile technology as an enabler of digital identity and associated services which provide social and commercial value in developing markets. The team works with mobile operators, governments and the development community to demonstrate the opportunities, address the barriers and highlight the value of mobile as an enabler of digital identification.

 

GRAVITY speaker at the 2017 GSMA M360 conference in Dar Es Salaam.

GRAVITY speaker at the 2017 GSMA M360 conference in Dar Es Salaam.

GSMA M360 AFRICA, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11 - 13 July 2017

800 stakeholders from the mobile industry, providers, mobile operators and investors gathered during these 3 days to discuss the state of the industry, to evaluate digital access and inclusion, network coverage and customers’ quality of experience.

We have been invited by the GSMA to participate to an interactive session focusing on emerging policy and regulatory trends linked to mobile SIM registration, best practice on how to create an enabling environment for digital identity and the role mobile operators in providing consumers’ access to life-enhancing services.

The session looked at examples of some of the digital identity solutions that are being trialled across the region. We had the opportunity to showcase our latest Digital Identity pilot performed in Kenya. 

Members of Digital Identity Program of the GSMA stressed that the ability to prove one’s identity is essential to securing a number of life-enhancing services such as healthcare, education, financial services, connectivity and social protections.  However, an estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide lack formal identification, predominantly in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.  Whilst many people lack formal identification, mobile phone penetration is increasing, with even the most rural communities frequently having access to mobile phones.  As a result mobile technology has the unique opportunity to provide socially impactful and commercially sustainable digital identity solutions in developing markets.