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In Bangladesh, key public and private sector actors commit to scaling digital wages across garment sector

November 20, 2019

Dhaka, November 20, 2019 - Media release by Government of Bangladesh: Building on what has been achieved so far, the government and the private sector have committed to working together to solve the challenges in ensuring all garment factories pay their workers digitally. The decision came from the Bangladesh Digital Wages Summit, which convened on 20 November in Dhaka.

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Senegal: tech helps boost access to health to leave poverty behind

By Priya Gajraj, October 18, 2019

Some African nations lead the world’s e-money businesses. And several are finding that leaving notes and coins behind is not only improving efficiency, safety and transparency, but it is also helping many people leave poverty behind.

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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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L’Agence de la Couverture Maladie Universelle du Sénégal lance une nouvelle plateforme numérique « sunucmu.com »

May 3, 2019

Communiqué de presse de l’Agence de la Couverture Maladie Universelle du Sénégal (ACMU)

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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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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 1 (Introduction)

Picking the Gridlock: Digital Payments in the Transportation Sector

By Dan Waldron and Camilo Tellez, November 29, 2018

Transportation Series: Blog 1 (Introduction)

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Transportation Series: Blog 2

For whom the cash tolls

By Dan Waldron and Camilo Tellez, November 29, 2018

Transportation Series: Blog 2

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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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Transportation Series: Blog 4

Truly mobile money – ride-sharing and mobile payments in South and Southeast Asia

By Dan Waldron and Camilo Tellez, November 29, 2018

Transportation Series: Blog 4

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Senegal: Digitizing payments could add FCFA 104 billion to GDP every year

November 28, 2018

Media release by the Government of Senegal, the Better Than Cash Alliance and MM4P

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Sénégal: La numérisation des paiements permettrait d’injecter 104 milliards de FCFA par an au PIB

November 28, 2018

Communiqué de presse du Gouvernement du Sénégal, l’Alliance Better Than Cash et MM4P

Case Study

Country Diagnostic: Senegal

November 27, 2018

Digitization of payments: a source of growth and inclusive development

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Factories paying workers digitally are five times more likely to provide good social and labor practices

By Marjolaine Chaintreau & Amina Razvi, October 23, 2018

New data gathered from the Higg Index from 3,000 factories in 58 countries

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Solutions for the Unbanked

By Tidhar Wald, October 16, 2018

Source: Bloomberg

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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

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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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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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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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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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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Voices from Ghana

October 2, 2017

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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

Case Study

Country Diagnostic: Ghana

September 27, 2017

Building an Inclusive Digital Payments Ecosystem: The Way Forward

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Nuevo estudio de las Naciones Unidas destaca progreso del Perú en finanzas digitales

October 13, 2016

Así como el Instituto Global McKinsey (MGI) revela que las finanzas digitales tendrían un impacto de US$ 3.7 trillones en el aumento del PBI en las economías emergentes, el nuevo reporte destaca cómo el Perú puede continuar avanzando en su agenda de finanzas digitales

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New United Nations Study Shines Spotlight on Peru’s Progress on Digital Finance

October 13, 2016

As McKinsey Global Institute reveals a potential $3.7 trillion GDP boost in emerging economies, the report outlines how Peru can continue to advance its digital finance agenda

Case Study

Diagnóstico de País: Perú

October 13, 2016

Construyendo sobre bases sólidas: un camino para el avance de los pagos de gobierno a nivel subnacional en el Perú

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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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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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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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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.

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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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El camino de México hacia la inclusión financiera empieza con el compromiso de reducir el uso del efectivo

June 23, 2016

Una de las economías más grandes de América Latina mantiene el ritmo de crecimiento al unirse a la Alianza Better Than Cash de las Naciones Unidas para fomentar una economía de inclusión financiera

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Mexico’s route to financial inclusion begins with commitment to reduce the use of cash

June 23, 2016

One of the largest economies in Latin America keeps growth momentum going by joining the United Nations’ Better Than Cash Alliance to foster a financially inclusive economy

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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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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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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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UNFPA joins the Better Than Cash Alliance to improve programme delivery

By Communications Team, April 29, 2016

Today, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, joined The Better Than Cash Alliance, committing to boost the use of digital payments to improve programme delivery, by generating cost savings and increasing transparency and security.

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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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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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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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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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Cashless Nigeria: Facilitating the Transition to Digital Payments

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, November 12, 2015

The emergence of Nigeria as a regional economic powerhouse has presented a challenge for Nigerian policymakers: how to convert Nigeria’s growth at the macro level into greater financial inclusion, so that the rising economic tide can benefit more people.

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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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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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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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Digital Bangladesh: Service at Doorsteps

September 26, 2015

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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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Pakistan Plans to Bring Millions More Citizens into the Economy by Digitizing Payments

September 22, 2015

Government of Pakistan joins the United Nations' Better Than Cash Alliance to create inclusive economic growth and a more efficient market structure

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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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Three ways financial providers can improve digital financial services for women

By Lisa Kienzle & Emilia Klimiuk, September 8, 2015

by Emilia Klimiuk and Lisa Kienzle of Grameen Foundation

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Media Release

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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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

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Media Release

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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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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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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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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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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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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Mercy Corps recognized for providing emergency e-transfers to 25,000 Typhoon survivors in the ‪‎Philippines‬ ‬‬‬‬‬

By Communications Team, March 31, 2015

Beneficiaries received electronic transfers via mobile savings accounts

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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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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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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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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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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.

Media Release

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

Media Release

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

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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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

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

Media Release

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

Media Release

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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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.

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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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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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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

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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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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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Aquino Admin Says ‘Digitisation’ a Priority Goal

September 26, 2012

Aquino Admin Says ‘Digitisation’ a Priority Goal

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.”

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