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Country Diagnostic: Bangladesh

November 26, 2016

The Way Forward for Digitizing Payments

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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

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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

Case Study

Country Diagnostic: Peru

October 13, 2016

Building from a Strong Foundation: A Path Forward for Digitizing Sub-national Government Payments in Peru

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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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

Case Study

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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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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Digital payments are key implementation tool for Global Goals, say EU leaders

By Tidhar Wald, June 30, 2016

During this year’s European Development Days (EDDs), which took place in Brussels from 15-16 June, digital technologies and the digitization of payments emerged as key enablers for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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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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Media Release

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

Case Study

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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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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Media Release

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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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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Announcement

Request for applications: Better Than Cash Diagnostic on Bangladesh

By Communications Team, February 3, 2016

Applications due by midnight on March 1, 2016

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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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A market-building approach to financial inclusion

November 16, 2015

A Market-Building Approach to Financial Inclusion

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MIT Press Journal The end of financial marginalization is in sight: Here's the roadmap

November 16, 2015

The End of Financial Marginalization Is in Sight: Here's the Roadmap

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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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Visa Debit Opens Doors to India’s Unbanked

October 13, 2015

Visa Debit Opens Doors to India’s Unbanked

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State of Maryland: Significant savings and improved convenience with electronic payments

October 13, 2015

State of Maryland: Significant savings and improved convenience with electronic payments

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Buckinghamshire County Council: Prepaid card delivers social benefits for children and young people in care

October 13, 2015

Buckinghamshire County Council: Prepaid card delivers social benefits for children and young people in care

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Invitation: TED-Style Talks on New Practical Tools for Digital Financial Inclusion

By Communications Team, October 12, 2015

Presented by: The Better Than Cash Alliance In partnership with MicroSave and Net Hope

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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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Moldova pledges to digitize payments for all public services, joins Better Than Cash Alliance

By Communications Team, October 7, 2015

The Republic of Moldova has joined the UN-housed Better Than Cash Alliance to make digital payments for all public services a reality by 2020.

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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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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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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

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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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

Case Study

Country Diagnostic: The Philippines

July 15, 2015

Development Results Focused Research Program

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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: Kenya and Rwanda

By Communications Team, July 9, 2015

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

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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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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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Media Release

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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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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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

Case Study

Country Diagnostic: Malawi

March 2, 2015

Development Results Focused Research Program

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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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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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Media Release

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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Federal Reserve strategies for improving the US payment system

January 26, 2015

The Federal Reserve believes that the U.S. payment system is at a critical juncture in its evolution.

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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.

Case Study

Country Diagnostic: Colombia

January 1, 2015

Development Results Focused Research Program

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Colombia’s Online E-Payments Platform: Private Sector Innovation Inspired by Government Vision

January 1, 2015

Private Sector Innovation Inspired by Government Vision

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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.

Media Release

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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In China, UN Special Advocate Queen Máxima Sees Great Potential for Digital Financial Inclusion

By Communications Team, November 30, 2014

At the invitation of the government of China, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited the country from 24 to 28 November in her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA).

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

By Communications Team, November 30, 2014

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

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

October 30, 2014

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

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

October 29, 2014

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

Media Release

Forum Highlights Global Standards For Responsible Digital Finance

September 4, 2014

Forum Highlights Global Standards For Responsible Digital Finance

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IMF Fiscal Transparency Code aligns with BTCA goals

August 8, 2014

BTCA goals

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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.

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Building State Capacity: Evidence from Biometric Smartcards in India

March 3, 2014

Article by Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus, Sandip Sukhtankar

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

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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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E-donate to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors

By Communications Team, November 29, 2013

Two months ago, Mr Paolo Baltao, President of G-Xchange, a subsidiary of Globe Telecom, one of the leading telecommunications services providers in the Philippines

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Leveraging Public-Private Partnership in the Philipines for Digital Financial Inclusion

By Communications Team, November 25, 2013

His Excellency Jose L. Cuisia Jr., Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America, and Mr. Paolo Eugenio Baltao, President, G-Xchange (a subsidiary of Globe Telecom, one of the leading telecommunications services providers in the Philippines), discussed the merits of public-private partnerships to enhance access to financial services during an event on Partnerships for Digital Financial Inclusion – A Driver for Inclusive Growth co-hosted by the Better Than Cash Alliance, UNCDF and UNDP on September 24, 2013, during the 68th United Nations General Assembly Week. The following post is a summary of their discussion.

Media Release

Malawi Joins Better Than Cash Alliance

July 1, 2013

Malawi Announces Commitment to Transition 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.

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An Overview of the G2P Payments Sector in Pakistan

January 31, 2013

A CGAP Report

Media Release

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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Aquino Admin Says ‘Digitisation’ a Priority Goal

September 26, 2012

Aquino Admin Says ‘Digitisation’ a Priority Goal

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’

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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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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

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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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New Technologies in Cash Transfer Programming and Humanitarian Assistance

February 24, 2012

New Technologies in Cash Transfer Programming and Humanitarian Assistance

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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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Kenya Case Studies in e-Payments

November 12, 2011

A report by USAID

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Building a Mobile Money Distribution Network in Papua New Guinea

March 12, 2011

A report by Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP)

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Beneficiary Perceptions and Attitudes in Fiji: Facilitating Migration from Paper-based to Electronic Benefit Distribution

December 12, 2009

Report by Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme(PFIP)

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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