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Request for Applications: The opportunities of digitizing payments for companies

By Communications Team, July 7, 2017

Applications due by Midnight (EST) August 18th, 2017

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Quality of service more important than cost for humanitarian workers

May 25, 2016

A report by Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN)

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IRC: Financial transfers an essential part of humanitarian response

May 25, 2016

A report by International Rescue Committee's (IRC)

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New United Nations study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

May 17, 2016

By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola. Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit.

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Une nouvelle étude des Nations unies révèle que les paiements numériques versés aux équipes d'intervention contre Ebola ont permis de sauver des vies et d'économiser 10 millions de dollars

May 17, 2016

En utilisant les paiements numériques pour rémunérer les personnes employées dans la lutte contre Ebola, la Sierra Leone a énormément réduit les délais de paiement, évitant ainsi des grèves à grande échelle et garantissant une main d’œuvre stable pour éliminer Ebola. L'expérience de la Sierra Leone montre qu'il est crucial de se préparer tôt aux paiements numériques avant l'émergence d'une crise.

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What does mobile money usage look like in Rwanda and Ghana?

May 2, 2016

Financial Inclusion Insights: Mobile Money Momentum in Four African Countries

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Mobile money promotes messages of peace in Cote d’Ivoire

By Nicole Kresse, March 2, 2016

Many Ivoirians were concerned that the 2015 presidential elections would lead to renewed conflict, particularly after the violence surrounding the elections of 2010.

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World Development Report 2016: Access to the Internet inadequate

January 13, 2016

Digital Technologies: Huge Development Potential Remains Out of Sight for the Four Billion Who Lack Internet Access

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Cashless Nigeria – Leading by example

By Camilo Tellez-Merchan , October 20, 2015

As Nigeria rolls out one of the developing world's most ambitious policy platforms to boost digital payments and drive greater financial inclusion, it's important to take stock of the country's progress to date, so that policy-makers around the world can learn from Nigeria's experiences.

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Investing In Girls: Opportunities for Innovation in Girl-Centered Cash Transfers

October 13, 2015

Investing In Girls: Opportunities for Innovation in Girl-Centered Cash Transfers

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Watch: Inspirational speeches at UN Global Goals Summit

By Communications Team, September 30, 2015

The President of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, as well as Ministers and other high level figures from Peru, Belgium, Bangladesh, Colombia, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and South Africa, delivered powerful speeches on how digital payments and greater financial inclusion are accelerating progress towards key Sustainable Development Goals.

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IMF Links Financial Inclusion and GDP Growth

September 21, 2015

GDP Growth Report

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Country Diagnostic: Nigeria

August 27, 2015

Development Results Focused Research Program, Country Diagnostic: Nigeria

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Nigeria’s “Cashless” policy

August 27, 2015

The response of large corporates and their value chains to government policies to shift to digital payments: Nigeria’s “Cashless” policy

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The Better Than Cash Journey: Concern and CARE

By Communications Team, July 9, 2015

This is the fourth in a series of articles written by Maura Hart on the achievements of several Better Than Cash Alliance members. These highlights capture the innovative work by governments, businesses and development organizations to fulfill their commitment to transition from cash to digital payments.

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The Better Than Cash Journey: Kenya and Rwanda

By Communications Team, July 9, 2015

This is the third in a series of articles written by Maura Hart on the achievements of several Better Than Cash Alliance members. These highlights capture the innovative work by governments, businesses and development organizations to fulfill their commitment to transition from cash to digital payments.

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Sierra Leone commits to digital payments to encourage growth

June 2, 2015

In key move to recover from the economic impact of the Ebola crisis, Nation joins the Better Than Cash Alliance

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Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth

April 30, 2015

Government, private sector, mobile operators and development organizations convene to establish a plan for the future

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Massive drop in number of unbanked, says new World Bank Findex Report

By Communications Team, April 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 —Between 2011 and 2014, 700 million people became account holders at banks, other financial institutions, or mobile money service providers, and the number of “unbanked” individuals dropped 20 percent to 2 billion adults,according to 2014 Global Findex released today.

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Papua New Guinea commits to digitizing all government payments

April 2, 2015

PNG’s Ministries of Finance and Treasury endorse Better Than Cash Alliance membership

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Going rural with digital financial services

By Karima Wardak, April 1, 2015

When a family member first told Mary that she could use her mobile phone to store her money, she felt that she had finally found a safe place to keep the earnings from her vegetable sales.

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Two challenges to help two billion reach financial security

By Jake Kendall & Kosta Peric, March 11, 2015

Reposted from the original Gates Foundation blog on Impatient Optimists. Until recently, achieving financial inclusion for the world’s unbanked poor was a pressing goal with perplexing obstacles.

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Going digital: keeping postal services as relevant as ever

By M’Hamed El Moussaoui, February 17, 2015

UPU, the UN’s agency for postal services, has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance.

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Thousands of Ebola workers paid in Liberia

By Communications Team, January 20, 2015

Monrovia, LIBERIA - UNDP has helped the Liberian government pay thousands of Ebola workers. Over $1 million dollars in cash payments were distributed across the country in January alone.

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Mobile money for 16,000 Ebola workers

By Communications Team, December 24, 2014

December 24 , 2014. Sierre Leone: Marion Sesay gossiped with her two work colleagues while they waited in the shade of a local money handler for their names to be called.

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Shifting from cash in the midst of crisis: Electronic transfers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By Communications Team, December 22, 2014

There is growing consensus in the humanitarian community that cash (digital or physical) – as opposed to delivery of food and materials – is often the best way to help communities bounce back from crisis.

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Senegal shifts to digital payments to promote economic growth

By Communications Team, December 21, 2014

The Government of Senegal has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance, signaling its commitment to growing the economy and improving security and transparency through the shift to electronic payment systems.

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UN Helping to Coordinate Payments to Thousands of Frontline Ebola Responders

By Communications Team, December 1, 2014

The Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) is supporting the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) work with the authorities in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to coordinate payments for thousands of treatment centre staff, lab technicians, contacts tracers and burial teams.

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Ghana joins Better Than Cash Alliance for greater financial transparency

December 1, 2014

Ghana joins Better Than Cash Alliance for greater financial transparency

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Le Ghana rejoint l’Alliance Better Than Cash pour une plus grande transparence financière

December 1, 2014

Le Ghana rejoint l’Alliance Better Than Cash pour une plus grande transparence financière

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Measuring Digital Payments’ Significance: GSMA Reboots Kenyan M-PESA Data

By Communications Team, November 30, 2014

For stakeholders engaged in the shift from cash to electronic payments, there is an ever-present appetite for data on progress. Yet this creates an inherent risk as well. If the number is inaccurate or misrepresents the progress, it’s difficult to correct the record.

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Rwanda to accelerate digital payments by joining the Better Than Cash Alliance

October 30, 2014

Rwanda to accelerate digital payments by joining the Better Than Cash Alliance

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Le Rwanda accélère l’adoption des paiements numériques en rejoignant l’Alliance Better Than Cash

October 29, 2014

Le Rwanda accélère l’adoption des paiements numériques en rejoignant l’Alliance Better Than Cash

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Seeing the Benefits of Electronic Aid Delivery Up Close in Rwanda

By Communications Team, August 26, 2014

Earlier this year, we shared the story of the World Food Programme (WFP) introducing cash transfers on mobile phones at the Gihembe refugee camp in northern Rwanda.

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In Learning Exchange with Kenya, Nigerian and Malawian Banks Focus on Reaching Women With Cashless Solutions

By Allegra Palmer, August 25, 2014

Guest post by Allegra Palmer, Women’s World Banking

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First There Was Cash-for-Assets – Could WFP’s New E-Payments Model be Scaled Up Too?

By Communications Team, March 18, 2014

Kenya has been hailed as one of the developing world’s leaders in electronic payments. So it should come as no surprise that a sparsely populated, dusty village 500 kilometres from Nairobi is home to a pilot project testing whether an electronic delivery model for aid can be viable on a larger, commercial scale. Drought prone Merti is a small town in the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), of northern Kenya where The World Food Programme, MasterCard and local partner Equity Bank have been running a pilot point-of-sale electronic payments programme. .

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Davos Shines a Light on Financial Inclusion Via Electronic Payments

By Ryan Erenhouse, February 26, 2014

World Economic Forum recognises electronic payments as a driver for financial inclusion

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Ethiopia scales up mobile and other digital finance services

By Communications Team, February 26, 2014

Better Than Cash Alliance discusses digital financial strategy with government

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Electronic Payments within a Limited Financial Infrastructure: Uganda’s Search for a Viable E-payments Solution to deliver Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE)

December 2, 2013

Reaching nearly 100,000 of Uganda’s senior and vulnerable citizens, Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) has demonstrated the need for tenacity and flexibility as it works to create a transparent and efficient social protection system in a country with limited payment infrastructure that is prone to a lack of transparency and leakage.

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Digital Payments and Financial Inclusion Key to Poverty Alleviation and Economic Growth, say World Leaders

September 26, 2013

Digital Payments and Financial Inclusion Key to Poverty Alleviation and Economic Growth, say World Leaders

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Debit cards provide flexibility to displaced families in Mali

By Communications Team, August 1, 2013

Eighteen-year-old Djélika Haïdara was pregnant when she fled her home in northern Mali to escape the violent aftermath of a military coup. She and her extended family were among more than 227,000 people displaced within Mali. Djélika and her baby now live in Bamako, the nation’s capital, in a rented apartment with 20 other family members.

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Why Women Remain an Untapped Potential in Mobile Money

By Brigit Helms, July 16, 2013

It’s hard to imagine a more explosive, transformative, and empowering trend than the growth of the mobile phone sector in Africa. In 1998 there were fewer than 4 million phones on the continent; today there are around 800 million—a whopping 80 percent penetration. Compare this to the meager 24 percent of African adults with bank accounts. Experts expect there will be around 1.1 billion mobile phone subscribers by 2017.

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Malawi Joins Better Than Cash Alliance

July 1, 2013

Malawi Announces Commitment to Transition to Electronic Payments

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As MEDA joins Better Than Cash Alliance, Reflections on progress to a “Cash-lite Zambia”

By Nicole Pasricha, June 20, 2013

While in Zambia last week, I was struck by the changes in the mobile money sector that have happened since my last trip in 2011, which admittedly is about 20 years ago in technology years. When MEDA first started our partnership that year with Zoona, a mobile transactions company, they were the new kid on the block in a market pretty unfamiliar with cashless payments. They were doing a fair number of transactions, but many of those were directed e-vouchers for subsidy recipients, and there was not a lot of competition for customers doing cashless transactions. Uptake was slow going, and it wasn’t yet clear: Would cashless payments ever take off in Zambia?

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Kenya’s Shift to Electronic Payments, an Example of Courageous Government

By Communications Team, May 17, 2013

Kenya is moving towards emerging market status and the government’s focused strategy of creating an electronic payments economy is contributing to its growth. During a reception hosted by the Better Than Cash Alliance at the World Bank / IMF Spring Meetings, Better Than Cash Alliance Managing Director Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen asked Kenya’s Dr. Geoffrey Mwau, Economic Secretary, Ministry of Finance how they did it and what advice he would give to other governments.

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Leading Corporations, Foundations and Development Organizations Form ‘Better Than Cash Alliance’

September 20, 2012

Leading Corporations, Foundations and Development Organizations Form ‘Better Than Cash Alliance’

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Kenya Case Studies in e-Payments

November 12, 2011

A report by USAID

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Zap It to Me: The Short-Term Impacts of a Mobile Cash Transfer Program

September 20, 2011

Report by Center for Global Development