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The International Labour Organization commits to expanding the use of responsible digital payments to advance decent work

By Communications Team, November 20, 2019

New partnership will result in promoting digital payments as an important tool to increase security, financial inclusion and economic opportunities in the workplace.

Report

The Role of Digital Financial Inclusion in Preparing for Older Age and Retirement

July 8, 2019

As populations age and birth rates decline in many parts of the world, digital solutions have an important role to play in ensuring financial well-being for older adults. Globally, the number of people aged 60 years or over has more than doubled since 1980, and the share of older adults is projected to double again by 2050.

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Blockchain Series: Introduction

Blockchain: Cutting through the noise

By Camilo Tellez-Merchan and Rodrigo Mejía Ricart, June 6, 2019

Introduction: Framing of our blog series on distributed ledger technology

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Blockchain Series: Blog 1

Distributed Ledger Technology: What Is It and Why Do We Care?

By Camilo Tellez-Merchan and Rodrigo Mejía Ricart, June 6, 2019

Blockchain Series: Blog 1

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BLOCKCHAIN SERIES: BLOG 2

Distributed Ledgers: Looking Past the Hype

By Camilo Tellez-Merchan and Rodrigo Mejía Ricart, June 6, 2019

Blockchain Series: Blog 2

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Blockchain Series: Blog 3

DLT: Keep Calm and Let the Evidence Speak

By Camilo Tellez-Merchan and Rodrigo Mejía Ricart, June 6, 2019

Blockchain Series: Blog 3

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Public Financial Management and the Digitalization of Payments

June 5, 2019

Joint report by the Better Than Cash Alliance, the Center for Global Development, and the Overseas Development Institute, building on work with the International Monetary Fund in 2017.

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Blogs & Stories

In the IMF’s Fight Against Corruption, Digital Payments are a Powerful Weapon

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, June 5, 2019

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde is to be applauded for her recent leadership in the fight against corruption, and her recognition that there is an increasingly limited role for cash in digital economies.

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Marks & Spencer Joins the Better Than Cash Alliance on International Women’s Day

By Lydia Hopton, March 8, 2019

This International Women’s Day, Marks & Spencer (M&S) is joining the Better Than Cash Alliance to help advance the Sustainable Development Goals. By promoting digital wages across its supply chain, M&S aims to give more women the ability to take control of their finances.

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Cash Digitization: UN Collaboration, Coordination, and Harmonization Opportunities

December 17, 2018

New UN Better Than Cash Alliance’s Cash Digitization Study recommends strengthening cash assistance collaboration across UN agencies & partners, to improve coordination and harmonization.

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Blogs & Stories

New Key to Help Unlock the Power of Digital Payments

By Njuguna Ndung’u, December 11, 2018

Across the global policy community, the jury is now in about the power of digital payments to drive financial inclusion, particularly for women and the poor; improve efficiency and transparency in business and government; and support new economic opportunities. However, there is no consensus around the specific policy mix that will enable this potential to be fully realized.

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Transportation Series: Blog 3

How cities will win – digital payments and the future of smart

By Dan Waldron and Camilo Tellez, November 29, 2018

Transportation Series: Blog 3

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Going Cashless: An Opportunity to Accelerate Progress on the 2030 SDGs

By Tidhar Wald, October 18, 2018

Harvard Center for International Development (CID) hosts Better Than Cash Alliance on the CID Speaker Series Podcast.

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Blogs & Stories

Solutions for the Unbanked

By Tidhar Wald, October 16, 2018

Source: Bloomberg

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Blogs & stories

Dollars and Change-Podcast

By Marjolaine Chaintreau, September 27, 2018

Wharton Business Radio hosts Better Than Cash Alliance on the “Dollars and Change” podcast.

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Blogs & Stories

Accelerating the SDGs: How Digital Finance Can Ignite Faster Progress Toward the Global Goals

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, September 20, 2018

As world leaders met at the U.N. General Assembly in New York last week, many discussions focused on how to ignite greater progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Increasingly, digital financial inclusion is emerging as a key answer.

Report

Igniting SDG Progress Through Digital Financial Inclusion

September 18, 2018

Are you a decision-maker in government, business, or civil society?

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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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Distribution 2.0: The future of mobile money agent distribution networks

July 5, 2018

Mobile money agents are a crucial asset for mobile money providers and have been key to the growth of the industry over the last decade.

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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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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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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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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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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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Unilever raises the bar on private sector leadership to achieve the SDGs through digital payments

September 20, 2017

In a significant step towards integrating social benefits into business strategy, the UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance announced its newest member: Unilever.

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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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Building Inclusive Digital Payments Ecosystems: G20 Guidance Note for Governments

July 11, 2017

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

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Building Inclusive Digital Payments Ecosystems: G20 Guidance Note for Governments

July 11, 2017

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

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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 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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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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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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Decade Edition of the State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money

March 1, 2017

The impact of mobile money has been felt well beyond transactions and accounts: people’s lives have been enriched by greater personal security, a sense of empowerment, and more.

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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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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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As Development Aid Evolves, Digitizing Tax Payments Can Have Dramatic Benefits for Emerging Economies

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, November 4, 2016

This blog post was originally published in the Huffington Post

Report

Accelerators to an Inclusive Digital Payments Ecosystem

September 21, 2016

Many governments have already realized major benefits by digitizing payments. Yet these successes also raise important questions. Why are so many developing and emerging countries only in the early stages of their journey to cashless? Why haven’t successes been rolled out more widely?

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Media Release

New United Nations Study Maps Top 10 Ways Governments and Companies Can Create Digital Economies

September 21, 2016

For the first time, new evidence from 25 countries shows how governments and companies can move away from cash, as McKinsey Global Institute reveals a potential $3.7 trillion GDP boost

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Responsible Digital Payments: Reducing the risks that come with new opportunities

By Beth Porter & Ros Grady, July 20, 2016

It’s all at our fingertips. The possibility to make a payment. The delight of receiving one. From Peru to Rwanda to India, people, governments and businesses are increasingly making their payment transactions digitally, whether by mobile phone, by card or online.

Case Study

Responsible Digital Payments Guidelines

July 15, 2016

The Better Than Cash Alliance 'Responsible Digital Payments Guidelines' identify eight good practices for engaging with clients who are sending or receiving digital payments and who have previously been financially excluded or underserved.

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Done Right, Digital Finance Could Transform Humanitarian Response

By Beth Porter, June 3, 2016

Originally published on CGAP.org

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In the hands of women: A reflection on the gender gap in financial inclusion

By Beth Porter, March 8, 2016

Did you ever wonder why there is not an International Men’s Day? There actually is such a day, by the way—it’s on November 19th, but there aren’t too many people marking it with a night off from cooking or cleaning or childcare for the guys!

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Media Release

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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Digital Financial Services Can Help Bring Millions of Women Into the Workforce

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, November 24, 2015

by Leora Klapper and Ruth Goodwin-Groen

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Innovative Digital Payment Mechanisms Supporting Financial Inclusion Stocktaking Report

November 16, 2015

A report by the World Bank Group’s Payment System Development Group, the Better Than Cash Alliance, and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion for the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion

Report

Digital Financial Solutions to Advance Women’s Economic Participation

November 16, 2015

How governments, private sector and development organizations can bring more women into the global economy through digital financial services

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An Inclusive Approach to Digital Payments Ecosystems: Accelerating the Transition from Cash Requires an Ecosystem Approach

November 5, 2015

The purpose of this working paper is to set out the key components and stakeholders in a digital payments ecosystem (DPE); to show how inclusive DPEs are vital in the transition from cash to digital payments; and to describe the key conditions for successfully building an inclusive DPE.

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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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UN Secretariat set to boost digital payments within UN system

By Communications Team, September 26, 2015

On behalf of the United Nations’ Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Ms. Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Controller, announced that the UN Secretariat had just joined the Better Than Cash Alliance, committing to transitioning payments from cash to digital within the UN system.

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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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Media Release

Media Briefing - Making cash history

September 23, 2015

Making cash history: How digital payments can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

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Heads of State & Governments Event on Digitizing Payments & Inclusive Finance at UN Summit

By Communications Team, September 22, 2015

Governments Leading the Way: Digitizing Payments and Advancing Inclusive Finance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, Saturday 26 September, 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST, United Nations Headquarters

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Media Release

Leading global experts priotize key measures to optimize digital finance for world's poorest people

September 9, 2015

ANTALYA, Turkey - How are phones and cards changing the ways the global poor access and manage their money, and what should governments and financial institutions do to ensure innovative products and services meet the need of low-income customers? These and related topics were the subject of intense discussion and debate by leading global experts at a G20-backed event this week in Antalya, Turkey, one of the countries being transformed by digital innovation.

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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: 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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Media Release

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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Closing the gender gap in mobile phone access and use

By Shireen Santosham, June 3, 2015

Guest post by Shireen Santosham, GSMA Connected Women

Report

The Opportunities of Digitizing Payments

May 18, 2015

The Opportunities of Digitizing Payments

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Toward a cash-free world with the Global Findex

By Leora Klapper, May 4, 2015

Development Research Group When the Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) was formed almost three years ago, about half of the world’s adult population had some type of bank account. Last week the World Bank Development Research Group unveiled the 2014 Global Findex

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Toward a cash-free world with the Global Findex

By Leora Klapper, May 4, 2015

Development Research Group When the Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) was formed almost three years ago, about half of the world’s adult population had some type of bank account. Last week the World Bank Development Research Group unveiled the 2014 Global Findex

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An infrastructure approach to improving Financial Inclusion

By Ryan Zagone & Danny Aranda, May 1, 2015

The Better Than Cash Alliance is introducing an occasional series on innovations that have the potential to reduce costs in digital payments. The first in this series is an article by Ryan Zagone and Danny Aranda from Ripple Labs, a technology company that develops real-time settlement solutions for financial institutions.

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A means to an end: The post-2015 future of financial inclusion

By Beth Porter, April 15, 2015

Financial inclusion is a means to an end – or many ends – rather than an end in itself.

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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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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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Electronic transfers in humanitarian response: Good news, bad news and how-to

By Jamie M. Zimmerman, January 29, 2015

Digitizing the delivery of humanitarian aid has so much appeal. By taking cash out of the equation, electronic transfers (often called e-transfers or e-payments) promise a faster, more secure and more transparent (so less corruptible) means of getting help to those who need it, even in the most hard to reach places.

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The IRC joins the Better Than Cash Alliance

By Rosa Akbari, January 28, 2015

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is pleased to join the Better Than Cash Alliance, in support of our commitment to provide essential services within the first 72 hours of 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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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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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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Twitter Chat: Digital Payments in Developing Countries

By Communications Team, November 24, 2014

Join the Better Than Cash Alliance and our partners for an online discussion about safety and transparency in digital payments.

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What Apple Pay Adds to the Electronic Payments Landscape

By Marcos Bader, September 30, 2014

Guest post by Marcos Bader

Media Release

Forum Highlights Global Standards For Responsible Digital Finance

September 4, 2014

Forum Highlights Global Standards For Responsible Digital Finance

Media Release

World Bank Report: Digital payments vital to economic growth

August 27, 2014

Gates Foundation and Better Than Cash Alliance urge governments to embrace digital financial services, offers concrete action steps

Blog Post

Paving the Way for Responsible Digital Finance

By Beth Porter, August 27, 2014

By Beth Porter, Policy Advisor, Financial Inclusion, UNCDF, Advisor, Better Than Cash Alliance

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New Digital Business Model Opportunity for Remittances as Banks Close MTO Accounts?

By Communications Team, July 30, 2014

The World Bank expects people to send USD$581 billion in remittances in 2014, through a network of banks and money transfer operators (MTOs). This is an increase of 7.8% over 2013.

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Is Cash the Enemy of Financial Inclusion?

By Communications Team, June 30, 2014

The Better Than Cash Alliance, hosted by UNCDF, gathered with colleagues at the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) Council of Governors Annual Meeting last month in Urubamba, Peru. The event brought together over 30 international organizations dedicated to expanding global financial inclusion.

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BTCA Becomes an Implementing Partner of the G20′s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion

By Communications Team, May 3, 2014

A Q&A with Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen on the Better Than Cash Alliance’s Important New Role

Media Release

Women’s World Banking Joins the Better Than Cash Alliance

April 30, 2014

One Million Low-Income People to Reap Benefits of Digital Money

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Better Than Cash Alliance Recognized As Example for Effective Development

By Tidhar Wald, April 29, 2014

On April 15-16, 2014 the Better Than Cash Alliance presented at the First High Level Meeting for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico City, Mexico. The meeting was organized by the Mexican government with support of the OECD and UNDP. Tidhar Wald, Government and Corporate Relations Specialist shares insights from the event.

Blog Post

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

Media Release

Catholic Relief Services Joins Better Than Cash Alliance

January 30, 2014

CRS Commits to Increase Electronic Payments to Strengthen Local Economies

Media Release

WSBI contributes its expertise to the Better Than Cash Alliance in shifting cash to electronic payments

January 28, 2014

In joining the Better Than Cash Alliance, the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute will work to increase the number of electronic transactions undertaken throughout its global membership as well as share research on the lessons learned

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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.

Media Release

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

Media Release

Mr Bill Gates and Other Experts to Speak on Digital Financial Inclusion and Inclusive Growth

September 18, 2013

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development and Mr Bill Gates to Speak on Digital Financial Inclusion and Inclusive Growth

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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.

Media Release

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

Blog Post

Share Your Thoughts: What Are “Responsible” Digital Payments?

By Communications Team, August 1, 2013

The Better Than Cash Alliance and UNCDF participated a meeting of the Responsible Finance Community of Practice (CoP) on June 25th 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Participants agreed that one key issue for the CoP to address in the future is what “responsible” means for new financial service businesses in emerging economies, including digital payments.

Media Release

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

Blog Post

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.

Media Release

Grameen Foundation Joins the Better Than Cash Alliance

March 26, 2013

Grameen Foundation Joins Better Than Cash Alliance; Pledges to Address Poverty by Shifting to Electronic Payments

Media Release

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

Blog Post

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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Better Than Cash Alliance Names Ruth Goodwin-Groen as Managing Director

By Communications Team, November 27, 2012

Alliance Accelerates Work to Transition from Cash to Electronic Payments Worldwide

Blog Post

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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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.

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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.

Media Release

Ruth Goodwin-Groen Named as Managing Director

September 27, 2012

Alliance Accelerates Work to Transition from Cash to Electronic Payments Worldwide

Media Release

The Better Than Cash Alliance Is Out to Create a “Cash Lite” World

September 25, 2012

The Better Than Cash Alliance Is Out to Create a “Cash Lite” World

Blogs & Stories

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.”

Media Release

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

Media Release

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’

Blogs & Stories

Visa Joins Global Leaders In New Partnership

By Doug Michelman, September 20, 2012

VISA JOINS GLOBAL LEADERS IN NEW PARTNERSHIP TO PROMOTE ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS AND IMPROVE LIVES By: Doug Michelman Today, Visa joins with six partners from government, the private sector and the international development community to launch the Better Than Cash Alliance. Working together with our other founding members – the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the U.S.

Blogs & Stories

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.

Media Release

Digital initiative aimed at helping world’s poor

September 19, 2012

Digital initiative aimed at helping world’s poor

Media Release

Empowering People One Transaction at a Time

September 19, 2012

Empowering People One Transaction at a Time: Leading Corporations, Foundations and Development Organizations Form “Better Than Cash Alliance” to Accelerate Global Shift to Electronic Payments

Blogs & Stories

Empowering People One Transaction at a Time

By Communications Team, September 19, 2012

Empowering People One Transaction at a Time: Leading Corporations, Foundations and Development Organizations Form “Better Than Cash Alliance” to Accelerate Global Shift to Electronic Payments