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The March Towards Digital Money: Bringing The Underbanked In From The Cold

April 7, 2017

The March Towards Digital Money: Bringing The Underbanked In From The Cold

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Digitizing Wage Payments in Bangladesh’s Garment Production Sector

March 8, 2017

Digitizing Wage Payments in Bangladesh’s Garment Production Sector

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Country Diagnostic: Bangladesh

November 26, 2016

The Way Forward for Digitizing Payments

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New United Nations Report Reveals Bangladesh’s Progress on Digital Finance As Key Leaders Meet to Discuss Future Steps

November 26, 2016

In-depth analysis shows Bangladesh making impressive strides towards a digital economy, identifies solutions for further progress

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New United Nations Study: Digital payments could boost tax revenue by nearly US$500 million each year and drive economic modernization in Tanzania

September 20, 2016

Findings illustrate how the private and public sector could work together to modernize economies, improve transparency and support financial inclusion and growth

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Person-to-Government Payments: Lessons from Tanzania’s Digitization Efforts

September 20, 2016

This case study explores the factors both supporting and impeding the widespread adoption of Person-to-Government (P2G) and Business-to-Government (B2G) payments in Tanzania, focusing on the period from 2012 to 2016.

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India’s digital payments revolution

By Camilo Tellez-Merchan & Vivek Belgavi, June 30, 2016

The use of cash in Indian consumer payment culture poses a stiff challenge to the Government of India’s plan to transition to a “less-cash” society.

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The importance of partnerships in humanitarian response

By Momodu Kargbo, May 26, 2016

Crises of all sorts, from conflicts to natural disasters to health emergencies, are happening at unprecedented rates around the world — so much so that the United Nations convened the first World Humanitarian Summit this week.

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Five Ways Digital Payments Are Coming to the Rescue in Emergencies

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, May 24, 2016

The ability to make and receive payments electronically has emerged, in recent years, as a technology hero during natural disasters and health pandemics. At a time when more people than ever are affected by conflict and crisis, there is good news.

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Saving Money, Saving Lives: A Case Study on the Benefits of Digitizing Payments to Ebola Response Workers in Sierra Leone

May 18, 2016

At the height of the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone turned to mobile wallets to make fast, accurate, and secure payments to Response Workers. Before digitization, cash payments were slow, inaccurate, and open to graft and theft.

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Building a Gateway to Digital Payments in Afghanistan: The World Food Programme’s E-Voucher Initiative

May 17, 2016

In Afghanistan, the World Food Programme (WFP) turned to digital payments to deliver food aid and has experienced many benefits by transitioning to e-vouchers and mobile money.

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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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Uruguay avanza firmemente hacia la universalización del acceso a servicios financieros

April 29, 2016

El Gobierno se suma a la alianza que, con base en las Naciones Unidas, reúne a gobiernos, empresas y organizaciones internacionales dedicadas a acelerar la digitalización de pagos

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Uruguay makes great strides toward the universalization of access to financial services

April 29, 2016

The government joins the United Nations-based alliance of governments, companies and international organizations that works to accelerate the move toward digitization of payments

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Modelo Perú Webinar

By Communications Team, April 19, 2016

The Better Than Cash Alliance recently held a live webinar with key players behind the launch of Peru’s new mobile wallet. "Bim" is the first product of Modelo Perú, which plans to bring digital payments to five million Peruvians over the next five years.

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Modelo Perú Webinar

April 19, 2016

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Perspectives on Accelerating Global Payment Acceptance

April 19, 2016

How to accelerate global payment acceptance

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Beyond Cash: Incentivizing Merchant Acceptance in India

January 25, 2016

India has made remarkable progress towards financial inclusion, but the use of digital payments remains limited

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El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo será el primer banco regional de desarrollo en unirse a una alianza que promueve pagos digitales

January 25, 2016

La organización se une a una alianza organizada por la Naciones Unidas para unir gobiernos, empresas y organizaciones internacionales en el esfuerzo para avanzar pagos digitales

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Inter-American Development Bank becomes first regional development bank to join partnership to advance digital payments

January 25, 2016

The organization joins a UN-hosted alliance of governments, companies and international organizations to accelerate the move towards digitization of payments

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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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International Organization for Migration: relocation grants paid remotely worldwide with prepaid cards

October 13, 2015

International Organization for Migration: relocation grants paid remotely worldwide with prepaid cards

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Modelo Perú: A Unique Approach to Financial Inclusion

By Jeffrey Bower, October 9, 2015

By Jeffrey Bower, Digital Finance Specialist, Better Than Cash Alliance

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Can India Post rise up to the digital payments and financial inclusion challenge?

By Nils Clotteau, October 8, 2015

On 19 August 2015, the Reserve Bank of India approved licenses for eleven institutions to set up payment banks. The purpose was to have these banks further financial inclusion by providing small savings accounts and payment / remittance services to, “migrant labour workforce, low income households, small businesses, other unorganised sector entities and other users.”

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Launching a new toolkit: Digitising payments for businesses, governments and NGOs

October 6, 2015

The toolkit is available on request to mobile operators via the GSMA website

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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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Digital Bangladesh: Service at Doorsteps

September 26, 2015

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Going the distance: How harnessing digital payments can help deliver on the SDGs

By Tidhar Wald, September 25, 2015

by Tidar Wald, Government and Corporate Relations Specialist at Better Than Cash Alliance

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The Better Than Cash Alliance

September 24, 2015

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India Anuncia Nueva Sociedad para Acelerar la Inclusión Financiera

September 1, 2015

El Gobierno de la India se une a la Alianza Better Than Cash de las Naciones Unidas para compartir los éxitos del programa de inclusión financiera más grande del mundo

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India Announces New Partnership to Accelerate Financial Inclusion for Everyone

September 1, 2015

Government of India joins the United Nations’ Better Than Cash Alliance to share success stories from the world’s largest financial inclusion programme

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Cashing out: Ruth Goodwin Groen in The Economist Intelligence Unit

By Communications Team, July 14, 2015

Crossposted from the original post that appeared in The Economist Intelligence Unit

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The Better Than Cash Journey: Colombia & Malawi

By Communications Team, July 9, 2015

This is the second 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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Grupo Bimbo joins the Better Than Cash Alliance to help small businesses in Mexico boost profits

July 7, 2015

Through Red Qiubo, Grupo Bimbo provides small businesses with the necessary technology to accept digital payments in their operations.

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Making Digital Bangladesh Vision 2021 a reality, Government joins the Better Than Cash Alliance

June 2, 2015

Bangladesh commits to further national financial inclusion by accelerating the transition to digital payments

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In line with strategy to mature into an emerging economy, Nepal joins the Better Than Cash Alliance

April 15, 2015

Government aims for economic growth and women’s empowerment through digital payments initiative

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Digital payments can empower women

By Communications Team, March 11, 2015

Re-posted from the “Beyond the Transaction” Mastercard blog

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Saving $15.5 million by replacing cash with cards for Colombian coffee farmers

By Communications Team, March 2, 2015

Two case studies from the Better Than Cash Alliance present innovations from Colombia’s digital payments ecosystem

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A toolkit for companies planning to reduce costs on cash payments

February 26, 2015

Payments Report

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Digitization of payments in Mexico saves billions

By Communications Team, February 24, 2015

The Mexican government is saving an estimated US$ 1.27 billion per year, or 3.3 percent of its total expenditure, on wages, pensions and social transfers. How? By digitizing and centralizing its payments.

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Build on progress made in Colombia’s shift to electronic payments, says Better Than Cash study

January 27, 2015

Building an inclusive financial ecosystem is critical to accelerating the shift away from cash in Colombia and Latin America

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Event: Achieving an Ecosystem Approach to Digital Payments in Colombia

By Communications Team, January 26, 2015

On Tuesday, January 27th, the Better Than Cash Alliance along with the Departamento para la Proseridad and MINHACIENDA hosted an event in Bogota entitled “Achieving an Ecosystem Approach to Digital Payments in Colombia” bringing together representatives of the government, corporate and development sectors.

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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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Colombia’s Coffee Growers’ Smart ID Card: Successfully Reaching Rural Communities with Digital Payments

January 1, 2015

Successfully Reaching Rural Communities with Digital Payments

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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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The Coca-Cola Company joins Better Than Cash Alliance to give more people access to electronic payments

By Communications Team, December 22, 2014

Better Than Cash Alliance welcomes The Coca-Cola Company as its member

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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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The International Fund for Agricultural Development joins Better Than Cash Alliance to bring financial inclusion to rural communities

By Michael Hamp, December 18, 2014

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is pleased to accept an invitation to join the Better than Cash Alliance (BTCA) in our shared commitment to bringing financial access to rural communities through digital payments.

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Faster, cheaper and better regional payment integration

November 26, 2014

Cross-border Low Value Payments And Regional Integration: Enablers And Disablers

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Digitization Helps Small Merchants Keep Jobs and Profits in Mexico

By Alicia Rendon Contro, October 29, 2014

Guest post by Alicia Rendon Contro, Grupo Bimbo

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Towards a Stronger Digital Financial Ecosystem in Peru

By Communications Team, September 29, 2014

The Better Than Cash Alliance supports a unique initiative of the Peruvian Banker’s Association (ASBANC) that brings together banks and major telecom operators

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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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London Borough of Lewisham: Care leavers receive allowance via prepaid card

June 1, 2014

Care leavers receive allowance via prepaid cards

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At a Moment’s Notice: Mercy Corps Tests and Deploys an E-Voucher System for Crises in the DRC

By Sara Murray, May 29, 2014

The following is a guest post by Sara Murray, Electronic Payments Program Manager at Mercy Corps, a Better Than Cash Alliance member.

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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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Building State Capacity: Evidence from Biometric Smartcards in India

March 3, 2014

Article by Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus, Sandip Sukhtankar

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Shift to Electronic Payments Saves Mexican Government US$1.27 Billion Annually

December 3, 2013

Study concludes Mexico’s savings and other benefits and provides tangible lessons for other nations

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New Study Identifies How Much Mexican Government Saves Annually After Shift to Electronic Payments

November 29, 2013

Study concludes Mexico’s savings and other benefits and provides tangible lessons for other nations

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Learning From Peers Speeds the Digitization Process

By Communications Team, September 30, 2013

Budget Under-Secretary Richard Bon Moya knew he was being ambitious. The goal was to shift all the financial transactions of the Filipino Government to a digital format—and to do it in five years. Most countries attempting such a feat had taken seven to 10 years. But there was one that had managed a quick, relatively seamless transition: Kenya.

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Transforming Financial Systems for the Poor: Report Shows Digital Advances Can Unlock Cost Savings of 90 Percent

By Communications Team, September 18, 2013

In looking at ways to bring financial services to the more than two billion people outside formal financial systems, often the focus has been on piecemeal efforts to improve specific elements such as product design, pricing, delivery, banking regulation, or consumer protection.

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MasterCard Joins Better Than Cash Alliance

September 15, 2013

$1.5 Million Grant Adds Momentum to Global Movement to Empower People and Grow Economies by Shifting from Cash to Electronic Payments

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MEDA Joins the Better Than Cash Alliance

June 20, 2013

Pledges to Improve Access to Finance and Markets for the Poor by Supporting Shift to Electronic Payments

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Joining Central Bankers to Focus on Innovations in Consumer Payments

By Communications Team, April 9, 2013

The World Bank and the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) recently hosted the Third Meeting of the CPSS – World Bank Retail Payments Forum in Perugia, Italy.

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ACDI/VOCA: Why Electronic Payments are Game-Changing for Development Practitioners

By Matt Renaud, April 2, 2013

At ACDI/VOCA we see firsthand how technological innovations are revolutionizing approaches to global economic development. This is particularly true for electronic payments. Around 2.5 billion people around the world are “unbanked.” Without access to financial services, they can’t save for the future, build assets or get credit. For those who do have access, the services are often rudimentary and inefficient. Electronic payments open doors and create lasting benefits for this underserved population by providing access to robust, modern financial services.

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ACDI/VOCA Joins the Better Than Cash Alliance

March 5, 2013

ACDI/VOCA Joins the Better Than Cash Alliance — Pledges to Address Poverty and Grow the Economy by Shifting to Electronic Payments

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M-Shwari: Market Reactions and Potential Improvements

February 28, 2013

M-Shwari: Market Reactions and Potential Improvements

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The Global Movement of Electronic Payments at WEF

By Communications Team, January 23, 2013

At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this morning, the Better Than Cash Alliance hosted a roundtable discussion with Juan Jiménez Mayor, Prime Minister, Republic of Peru; Dr. Mauricio Cárdenas, Minister of Finance, Republic of Colombia; and Florencio B. Abad, Secretary of Budget and Management, Republic of the Philippines.

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Government of Afghanistan Joins Better Than Cash Alliance

January 22, 2013

Government of Afghanistan Joins Better Than Cash Alliance — Pledges to Address Poverty and Grow Economy by Shifting to Electronic Payments

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Better Than Cash Alliance Perspectives: The Development Community

By Doug Sabo, October 4, 2012

Around the world, 2.5 billion people lack access to formal financial services.

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Citi Helps Launch Better Than Cash Alliance, Accelerating Transition to E-payments

By Bob Annibale, September 29, 2012

This week, Citi helped to launch the Better Than Cash Alliance, a coalition of public, private and NGO partners that will call on governments, the development community and the private sector to adopt the use of electronic payments for programs that support the underbanked — and provide resources to those who commit to make the transition.

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What’s Better than Cash?

By Communications Team, September 21, 2012

“We are excited to be joining our partners in announcing the Better than Cash Alliance today. Committed to moving the global community onto electronic payments in place of physical cash, the Alliance will help the world’s poorest families join the modern economy and realize the benefits of a more transparent, inclusive, cash-light world. I’m optimistic that this Alliance will help usher in a new era of opportunity for some of the most vulnerable people on earth.”

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Initiative Launched to Accelerate Global Shift to Electronic Payments for the Poor

September 20, 2012

Initiative Launched to Accelerate Global Shift to Electronic Payments for the Poor

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Is Cash the Enemy of the Poor?

By Rodger Voorhies, September 19, 2012

In wealthy countries, most people conduct their financial activity in digital form; money and value is stored virtually and transferred instantaneously with a touch of a button, and the system provides an easy access to a wide-range of financial services. In contrast, most poor households operate almost entirely in the informal economy, using cash, physical assets (e.g. jewelry and livestock), or informal institutions to meet their financial needs.

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Digital initiative aimed at helping world’s poor

September 19, 2012

Digital initiative aimed at helping world’s poor

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Visa Delivers the Benefits of Electronic Payments to the Trucking Industry in Brazil

June 30, 2012

How Visa Improved Processes in Brazilian Trucking Industry

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The Solidaridad Visa Prepaid Card Brings Relief to Dominican Citizens in Need

February 1, 2012

The Solidaridad Visa Prepaid Card Brings Relief to Dominican Citizens in Need

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Plugging into Mobile Money Platforms: Early Experiences of NGOs in the Field

January 31, 2012

Plugging into Mobile Money Platforms: Early Experiences of NGOs in the Field

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Bansefi Visa Debit and Prepaid Cards Create “Oportunidades” for Mexico ’s Financially Underserved

December 7, 2011

Creating Opportunities for Mexico’s Underserved

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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

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Visa Empowers Employees and Businesses with Payroll Cards

June 22, 2010

Currency of Progress: Greetings from Nashville

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Visa Streamlines Distribution of Child Support Payments in Nebraska

December 12, 2009

Visa Streamlines Distribution of Child Support Payments in Nebraska