February 7

Interview: This Online Platform Is Helping Relief Agencies Send Cash Aid to Rural Somalia

By Faustine Ngila

For years, Somalia has by and large suffered through droughts, famine, flooding, and sustained terrorist insurgencies that mostly harm peaceful citizens.

The insecurity situation, coupled with runaway corruption in the country has been the biggest gridlock for donors and relief agencies trying to reach millions of people facing hunger and starvation but a new digital platform by the country’s biggest telecommunication company is gradually changing that.

Founded in 2002, Mogadishu-based Hormuud Telecom has been operating amid these hurdles to advance a number of novel digital innovations in the country, with plans to roll out nationwide 4G coverage starting this year.

Photo courtesy of ICT4D.at.

Source: Quartz Africa (link opens in a new window)

Finance, Technology, Telecommunications
digital inclusion, digital payments, financial inclusion, innovation, interviews, telecommunications