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Title: Making Climate Finance Work for Early-Stage Innovation in Low-Income Country Settings
Client: Frontier Tech Hub
Published: May 2023
About: The Frontier Technologies (Ft) Hub is funded by the FCDO which is part of FCDO’s broader Ideas to Impact portfolio. UrbanEmerge produced a deep dive study for the FT Hub to explore how public sector climate finance can be used most effectively to leverage private sector investment in innovation, for initiatives in agriculture, forestry, energy and health in low-income country settings. The team conducted a literature review, along with key stakeholder interviews with experts and advisors to provide guidance to FT Hub’s pilots on how to best position their innovations for future funding.
Title: Partnering With the Public Sector: A toolkit for start-ups in the utilities sectors
Published: October 2022
About: Successful partnerships between start-ups and public sector organisations in low- and middle-income countries can bring important benefits, especially to cities aiming to close the urban service gap. Partnerships can also help start-ups across the utilities sectors scale and replicate their service offering. However, there are many barriers to forming, sustaining, and evaluating the impact of such partnerships, and little resources are available to start-ups aiming to navigate these complexities. UrbanEmerge developed a toolkit which provides important guidance on how to engage in and form impactful partnerships.
Title: Early Warning Systems in the Philippines: Building resilience through mobile and digital technologies
Published: June 2022
About: This project was part of a broader initiative by the FCDO to gain knowledge on the effectiveness of existing early warning systems for climate-related risks in the Philippines and to identify opportunities for digital and mobile interventions. The research supported the UK FCDO in understanding existing early warning systems in the Philippines’ climate-resilience strategy, identify opportunities for digital solutions to strengthen existing systems and provide strategic and programmatic recommendations to support the Philippines to build climate and disaster resilience.
Title: Mobile Big Data for Cities: Urban climate resilience strategies for low- and middle-income countries
Published: June 2022
About: Cities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels and storm surges, heat stress, extreme precipitation, inland and coastal flooding and landslides. This study highlights the potential value of using mobile big data (MBD) in preparing for and responding to climate-related disasters in cities. In line with the “3As” of urban climate resilience, a framework adopted by the GSMA Mobile for Development programme, this study examines how MBD could help cities and their populations adapt to multiple long-term challenges brought about by climate change, anticipate climate hazards or events and/or absorb (face, manage and recover from) adverse conditions, emergencies or disasters.
Title: Research for GSMA on Digital Solutions for Plastic Waste Project
Published: April 2021
About: UrbanEmerge has recently conducted research for the GSMA M4D CleanTech team on digital innovation that can improve plastic waste management in LMICs. A global overview of relevant organisations and solutions was carried out followed by deep-dive research in seven countries in Africa and Asia to gain a detailed understanding of plastic waste value chains and the opportunities and constraints, as well as issues related to inclusion and e-literacy. The research is also designed to understand how MNOs can support more effective plastic waste collection, through initiatives such as providing airtime credit in exchange for plastic waste materials.
Title: The Role of Digital and Mobile-Enabled Solutions in Addressing Climate Change
Published: February 2021
About: Intending to build greater understanding and consensus amongst private and public stakeholders, this report provides an overview of the role of digital and mobile-enabled solutions in addressing climate change and highlights a range of interventions that have great potential to mitigate, adapt and build resilience to climate change in LMICs.
Title: Artificial Intelligence and Start-Ups in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Progress, Promises and Perils
Published: November 2020
About: UrbanEmerge conducted a study to help GSMA’s Mobile for Development (M4D) programme understand what the ethical and responsible use of AI actually means in practice in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals as well as understanding the business models, opportunities and constraints of deploying AI-based solutions in developing markets in Africa and SSE Asia. The study resulted in an overview report with a set of practical recommendations for GSMA and their partners including AI innovators, policy-makers, international financial institutions and telecoms operators.
Title: Landscaping Study on the Innovation Ecosystem for Digital Assistive Technologies for Persons with Disabilities, Africa, Asia and Middle East, 2020
Client: GSMA, Mobile4Development
Published: July 2020
About: GSMA commissioned UrbanEmerge to undertake a study to understand the maturity of digital innovations for assistive technology (AT) solutions in low- and middle-income countries, with a focus on the resources needed throughout the innovation process and a range of possible business models, ideally resulting in free use of the AT for persons with disabilities. We are also providing strategic analysis and guidance to GSMA Assistive Tech on how to design their innovation fund to support organisations looking to market and grow mobile-enabled assistive solutions with high social impact.
Title: Policy Brief -Making cities inclusive: Safe mobility for persons with disability in developing countries.
Client: Humanity & Inclusion (HI)
Partner Organisation: World Enabled
Published: June 2018
About: Through appropriate measures to improve safety and accessibility, cities in developing countries have the transformative potential and the leverage to reduce inequalities in society and contribute to the realisation of human rights for all.
Title: Access to resettlement and complementary pathways for Syrian refugees
Client: Durable Solutions Platform (DSP)
Published: June 2018
About: The DSP commissioned UrbanEmerge to look at the extent to which resettlement and complementary pathways have been accessible for Syrian refugees as well as to identify their potential for future state policy and NGO programming and advocacy.
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