Better Than Cash Launch Event

by Communications Team, October 2, 2012

2012 the Better Than Cash Alliance was launched at an event at the Ford Foundation in New York.

Watch the video from the event

Program Agenda:

I. Welcome by Luis Ubiñas, President, Ford Foundation

II. Announcement of the Better Than Cash Alliance

  • Rodger Voorhies, Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Global Development Program, Gates Foundation (on behalf of Alliance Founders)
  • Christine Roth, Executive Secretary a.i., UN Capital Development Fund

III. Announcement of Government Commitments

  • Matt Bannick, Managing Partner, Omidyar Network
  • Mariana Escobar, Department of Social Prosperity of the Government of Colombia (video)

IV. The Journey for Governments: Shift Not Drift

  • H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development
  • Carolina Trivelli, Minister, Development and Social Inclusion, Peru
  • Florencio Abad, Budget Secretary, Department of Budget and Management, Philippines
  • Dr. Geoffrey Mwau, Economic Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Kenya
  • Moderated by Matthew Bishop, The Economist

V. Announcement of Development Community Commitments

  • Matt Bannick, Managing Partner, Omidyar Network
  • Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO, Mercy Corps
  • Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme
  • Recognition of Concern Worldwide commitment

VI. The Global View: A Look at Multiple Markets

  • Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme and Chair, UNDG
  • Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi, CEO Transaction Services, Citi
  • Dr. Helene Gayle, CEO, CARE
  • Doug Michelman, Global Head of Corporate Relations, Visa Inc.
  • Moderated by Rodger Voorhies, Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Global Development Program, Gates Foundation

VII. A Vision for Electronic Payments in Development

  • Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID

Images from the event:

Christine Roth, Executive Secretary a.i., UN Capital Development Fund

The Journey for Governments: Shift Not Drift H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, Carolina Trivelli, Minister, Development and Social Inclusion, Peru, Florencio Abad, Budget Secretary, Department of Budget and Management, Philippines, Dr. Geoffrey Mwau, Economic Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Kenya, Moderated by Matthew Bishop, The Economist

Doug Michelman, Global Head of Corporate Relations, Visa Inc., Dr. Helene Gayle, CEO, CARE

Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme and Chair, UNDG, Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi, CEO Transaction Services, Citi

Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID

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Rodger Voorhies, Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Global Development Program, Gates Foundation

Luis Ubinas, President, Ford Foundation

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