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Sierra Leone: Digitizing revenue collection is the next frontier

By Alfred Akibo-Betts & Tenzin Keyzom Massally , August 22, 2018

By Alfred Akibo-Betts and Tenzin Keyzom Massally

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Achieving Development and Acceptance of an Open and Inclusive Digital Payments Infrastructure

August 8, 2018

A report by the Better Than Cash Alliance for the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion

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Alcanzando Escala: El Trayecto de BIM Hacia la Inclusión Financiera Digital en Peru

By Communications Team, June 21, 2018

Entrevista a Felipe Vásquez de Velasco, Gerente General de Pagos Digitales Peruanos (PDP)

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Driving to Scale: Bim’s Journey to Digital Financial Inclusion in Peru

By Communications Team, June 21, 2018

Interview with Felipe Vásquez de Velasco, General Manager of Peruvian Digital Payments (PDP)

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Building inclusive payment ecosystems in Tanzania and Ghana

June 20, 2018

Digital financial services (DFS) are transforming the world’s financial sectors.

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The Digital Payments Opportunity: A Conversation

By Marjolaine Chaintreau, June 15, 2018

This blog was originally published on BSR.org

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Why cash is a problem for businesses around the globe

By Marjolaine Chaintreau, June 11, 2018

This blog was originally published on The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business

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Why having less cash can mean a better life

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, June 11, 2018

A third of adults struggle to get by without basic financial services to protect against hardship and save for the future. Ruth Goodwin-Groen, of the UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance, explains why moving from cash to digital payments can help reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth.

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The Future of Supply Chains: Why Companies are Digitizing Payments

June 11, 2018

New report underscores benefits of shifting from cash to digital payments in corporate supply chains

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Strengthening Mexico’s small merchants through digital payments

June 11, 2018

Grupo Bimbo identified digitization as a key element to help merchants remain competitive against modern retail stories in Mexico.

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Improving profitability through digital payments

June 11, 2018

McLeod Russel Uganda (MRUL) cut costs and increased financial inclusion for workers after transitioning to a secure mobile payment system in Uganda.

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Increasing partner loyalty through digital payments

June 11, 2018

The National Dairy Development Board digitized its payments to dairy farmers – unlocking significant business and social benefits.

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Increasing supply chain transparency through digital payments

June 11, 2018

Gap Inc. has helped improve factory performance and promoted worker well-being by digitizing salaries for factory workers in India.

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Driving sales through digital working capital loans for small merchants

June 11, 2018

Unilever partnered with Mastercard and Kenya Commercial Bank to develop a digital working capital platform helping small merchants grow sale in Kenya, called Jaza Duka.

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The Global Findex Database 2017

April 24, 2018

The Global Findex database is the world’s most comprehensive data set on how adults save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk.

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10 reasons to be optimistic that full financial inclusion is possible through digital payments

April 19, 2018

The past decade has seen great strides in building awareness of the global financial inclusion agenda, and very positive steps in achieving tangible change.

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“Digital payments can be a game-changer for farmers”

By Communications Team, April 17, 2018

Interview with World Cocoa Foundation, Paul F. Macek, Vice President for Programs

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Gap Inc. Sets New Goal For Apparel Suppliers To Pay Garment Workers Digitally By 2020

March 14, 2018

Joins UN-based Better than Cash Alliance to Promote Financial Inclusion and Greater Supply Chain Transparency and Efficiency

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2017 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money

February 26, 2018

2017 saw a number of new trends in mobile money – from the accelerated growth of bank-to-mobile interoperability, to the emergence of South Asia as the fastest growing region, and a raft of innovations designed to reach the most underserved.

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Senegal’s commitment to digitizing payments at local level is setting an example for the region

By Jean Pascal Mvondo, February 15, 2018

By Jean Pascal Mvondo, West Africa’s Digital Government Lead, Better Than Cash Alliance

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In India, digital payments are changing the game for women entrepreneurs

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, November 28, 2017

This blog post was originally published in the Huffington Post

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The Role of Digital Payments in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

October 21, 2017

Finance Ministers of the economies of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) endorsed the new Better Than Cash Alliance report on the role of digital payments in sustainable agriculture on 21st October, in Viet Nam.

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Cashless Cities: Realizing the benefits of digital payments

October 15, 2017

Over the last decade, our society has seen a proliferation of digital commerce.

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India’s digital future

October 12, 2017

Country’s drive toward digitization may put it on track to be the world's fastest growing economy

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Voices from Ghana

October 2, 2017

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Media Release

New UN report reveals momentum for digital payments in Ghana could save over GHS 1 billion within next four years

September 27, 2017

With 37 percent of the value of all payments now made digitally, Ghana is on course to be a leader in the region, with great potential to expand economic opportunities for businesses

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Country Diagnostic: Ghana

September 27, 2017

Building an Inclusive Digital Payments Ecosystem: The Way Forward

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Digital Planet 2017: How Competitiveness and Trust in Digital Economies Vary Across the World

July 15, 2017

The Fletcher School at Tufts University, in partnership with Mastercard, presents the 2017 edition of the Digital Evolution Index (DEI 17).

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The Fight for Light: Improving Energy Access through Digital Payments

July 9, 2017

The Sustainable Development Agenda and the accompanying 17 Goals (SDGs) would represent the greatest increase in human welfare in history.

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In Kenya, better yields and inclusive agriculture start from your mobile wallet

By Communications Team, June 8, 2017

One of the most important tools on Everline Wakhungu’s farm is her mobile phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Responsible Digital Payments Guidelines

By Communications Team, June 1, 2017

Below are the questions we often get asked about our Responsible Digital Payments Guidelines:

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Media Release

UN study: Digitization of Kenyan farmer payments helps tackle poverty

May 31, 2017

One Acre Fund cut payment losses and collection costs by over 80 percent, boosting farmers’ satisfaction and economic opportunity

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How Digitizing Agricultural Input Payments in Rural Kenya is Tackling Poverty: The Case of One Acre Fund

May 31, 2017

How Digitizing Agricultural Input Payments in Rural Kenya is Tackling Poverty. The case of One Acre Fund

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Interview with Maha Bahou, Central Bank of Jordan “Our strategy is national, not institutional”

By Communications Team, May 23, 2017

Ms. Maha Bahou is the Executive Manager for Payment Systems & Domestic Banking Operations and Financial Inclusion Department at the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ).

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CURRENCY OF TRUST: Consumer Behaviors and Attitudes Toward Digital Financial Services in India

May 16, 2017

This report provides a synthesis of the “Currency of Trust” study findings.

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UN report: Social network payments now reach nearly US $3 trillion in China

April 19, 2017

Payments on messaging and e-commerce platforms set to increase China’s GDP by $236 billion by 2025, unlocking new economic opportunities for people and small businesses

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Social Networks, e-Commerce Platforms, and the Growth of Digital Payment Ecosystems in China: What it Means for Other Countries

April 19, 2017

Social Networks, e-Commerce Platforms, and the Growth of Digital Payment Ecosystems in China: What it Means for Other Countries

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Exchanging notes on one of the biggest ‘digital’ conditional cash transfer programs

By Juan Blanco, April 13, 2017

Our Peer-Exchange to Brazil was part of the Alliance’s response to the knowledge needs of member countries

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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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Media Release

To improve the lives of nearly 2 million workers, H&M group will encourage suppliers to pay workers digitally

March 8, 2017

H&M group becomes the first global fashion brand to join the United Nations’ Better Than Cash Alliance

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Why Women Workers and Managers Prefer Electronic Wage Payments in Bangladesh

By Leora Klapper, March 8, 2017

Payday can be an ordeal for women garment workers in Bangladesh. Often, they must wait in long lines, carry wads of cash through crowded streets, or encounter a mother-in-law demanding money.

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How Digital Payments Are Connecting People With Opportunities To Improve Their Lives

By Communications Team, February 28, 2017

This blog post was originally published in the Huffington Post

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Global Landscape Study on Digitizing P2G Payments

February 15, 2017

This is the first comprehensive study to systematically examine the opportunities and challenges associated with digitising P2G payments. In undertaking this study, we sought to answer two central questions: “Can digitising P2G payments help drive the financial inclusion of poor consumers?” and “What does it take to set up efficient, sustainable, and inclusive payment systems for government fees and services?

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Cash Defenders are Wrong: Digital Finance Truly is ‘Pro-Poor’

By Communications Team, February 8, 2017

This blog post was originally published in Next Billion

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When Aid Goes Digital

February 7, 2017

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Watch: Making Digital Payments Safe for All

By Communications Team, February 7, 2017

At today’s webinar, experts from Paytm in India, Tigo in Tanzania and the Banking Superintendency from Peru revealed key insights on how to responsibly navigate the transition from cash to digital payments in emerging economies.

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Making Electronic Payments Work for Humanitarian Response

May 1, 2016

This report builds the case for electronic payment preparedness to support humanitarian interventions by providing a baseline analysis of existing donor support for electronic payment preparedness and actual electronic payment preparedness needs in select high-risk disaster prone countries.

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Assessing risk in digital payments (Gates)

February 13, 2015

This report aims to provide a common language and framework to guide dialogue on risk associated with digital payments and its bearing on financial inclusion.