The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) received the Best Government Policy for Mobile Development award at GSMA's Mobile World Congress 2013. The Agency's work to increase the use of mobile services to empower women was recognized by the mobile industry’s largest trade association at its annual event, which attracts over 70,000 people.
To include those who do not have access to or use banks, USAID has implemented a series of mobile money initiatives and partnerships, including the Better Than Cash Alliance and a focus on electronic payments as part of its reform agenda, USAID Forward. To close the mobile phone gender gap, USAID has strengthened its support to the GSMA mWomen Program to provide access to mobile services that enhance the livelihoods of women and their families. Further, USAID is working to provide timely health messages to expectant and new mothers through the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA).