United Nations Foundation and GSMA launch ‘Big Data for Social Good’ initiative

At the Mobile World Congress, the United Nations Foundation and GSMA announced the ‘Big Data for Social Good’ initiative, which focuses on ‘amplifying and accelerating [the mobile] industry’s impact in achieving the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals]’. Alongside increasing the impact on SDGs, the project aims at reducing the toll of humanitarian crises through insights from anonymised meta-data, and delivering a scalable response to crises by building common processes and mechanisms for planning and response.