M-Pesa Global, Safaricom’s money transfer platform, has been nominated for the prestigious Global Mobile Awards.

The facility opens up M-Pesa to a number of international financial services across the world. Through M-Pesa Global, one can send or receive money through remittance platforms such as PayPal, World Remit, Western Union and HomeSend.

Safaricom’s Chief Financial Services Officer said, “We launched M-Pesa Global as part of our strategy to open up M-Pesa to the world. The fact that it has been recognised at a global event that is wildly seen as the ‘Oscars’ of the mobile industry is a reflection of how the service has revolutionised the sector.”

M-Pesa Global was launched in November 2018 and has been in operation for only two months.


It has been shortlisted for “Best Mobile Innovation for Commerce” category alongside Huawei’s CloudCampus Solution and three others. In 2018, Shupavu, developed by Eneza Education in partnership with Safaricom, won an award for “Best Mobile Innovation for Education” during the same awards.

A statement by John Hoffman, the Chief Executive for GSMA ltd – the firm behind Global Mobile Awards – said, “The GLOMOs provide a world stage on which to celebrate the most inspirational and innovative developments across our industry…the award attracts significant level of high quality entries, so being nominated today is a great achievement.”

According to a press release on GSMA website, Global Mobile Award winners will be announced at the Mobile World Congress to happen on 25-28 February in Barcelona.