M-PESA has won the Mobile Money for the Unbanked Award at this year’s Global Mobile Awards 2011 which is being held in Barcelona, Spain between February 14th and 17th. The awards are part of the annual Mobile World Congress which brings together players in the global telecoms market and is organized by the GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association).

The main drivers of the M-Pesa idea are Vodafone Group, Safaricom, Vodacom, Vodafone Essar Limited and Roshan Ltd. Orange won an award for the Solar base Stations while Airtel won for providing the best Customer Care.