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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.

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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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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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When Aid Goes Digital

February 7, 2017

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

May 18, 2016

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

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

May 17, 2016

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

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New United Nations study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

May 17, 2016

By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola. Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit.

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Une nouvelle étude des Nations unies révèle que les paiements numériques versés aux équipes d'intervention contre Ebola ont permis de sauver des vies et d'économiser 10 millions de dollars

May 17, 2016

En utilisant les paiements numériques pour rémunérer les personnes employées dans la lutte contre Ebola, la Sierra Leone a énormément réduit les délais de paiement, évitant ainsi des grèves à grande échelle et garantissant une main d’œuvre stable pour éliminer Ebola. L'expérience de la Sierra Leone montre qu'il est crucial de se préparer tôt aux paiements numériques avant l'émergence d'une crise.

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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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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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The Better Than Cash Journey: Mercy Corps & Women’s World Banking

By Communications Team, June 3, 2015

This is the first in a series of articles on the achievements of several Better Than Cash Alliance members

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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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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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Thousands of Ebola workers paid in Liberia

By Communications Team, January 20, 2015

Monrovia, LIBERIA - UNDP has helped the Liberian government pay thousands of Ebola workers. Over $1 million dollars in cash payments were distributed across the country in January alone.

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Mobile money for 16,000 Ebola workers

By Communications Team, December 24, 2014

December 24 , 2014. Sierre Leone: Marion Sesay gossiped with her two work colleagues while they waited in the shade of a local money handler for their names to be called.

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Shifting from cash in the midst of crisis: Electronic transfers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By Communications Team, December 22, 2014

There is growing consensus in the humanitarian community that cash (digital or physical) – as opposed to delivery of food and materials – is often the best way to help communities bounce back from crisis.

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UN Helping to Coordinate Payments to Thousands of Frontline Ebola Responders

By Communications Team, December 1, 2014

The Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) is supporting the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) work with the authorities in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to coordinate payments for thousands of treatment centre staff, lab technicians, contacts tracers and burial teams.

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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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Seeing the Benefits of Electronic Aid Delivery Up Close in Rwanda

By Communications Team, August 26, 2014

Earlier this year, we shared the story of the World Food Programme (WFP) introducing cash transfers on mobile phones at the Gihembe refugee camp in northern Rwanda.

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

By Sara Murray, May 29, 2014

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

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First There Was Cash-for-Assets – Could WFP’s New E-Payments Model be Scaled Up Too?

By Communications Team, March 18, 2014

Kenya has been hailed as one of the developing world’s leaders in electronic payments. So it should come as no surprise that a sparsely populated, dusty village 500 kilometres from Nairobi is home to a pilot project testing whether an electronic delivery model for aid can be viable on a larger, commercial scale. Drought prone Merti is a small town in the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), of northern Kenya where The World Food Programme, MasterCard and local partner Equity Bank have been running a pilot point-of-sale electronic payments programme. .

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Electronic cash aid gives Rwandan refugees more options

By Communications Team, February 26, 2014

As part of its commitments to enhance food security, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has introduced mobile phone facilitated cash transfers to feed the 14,500 refugees in Gihembe refugee camp in northern Rwanda.

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Catholic Relief Services Joins Better Than Cash Alliance

January 30, 2014

CRS Commits to Increase Electronic Payments to Strengthen Local Economies

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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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WFP's new e-card reduces Syrian refugees suffering

By Communications Team, October 31, 2013

As part of its massive humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rolling out an innovative electronic voucher programme in Lebanon that will allow hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to meet their food needs and help boost the local economy.

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Debit cards provide flexibility to displaced families in Mali

By Communications Team, August 1, 2013

Eighteen-year-old Djélika Haïdara was pregnant when she fled her home in northern Mali to escape the violent aftermath of a military coup. She and her extended family were among more than 227,000 people displaced within Mali. Djélika and her baby now live in Bamako, the nation’s capital, in a rented apartment with 20 other family members.

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Better Than Cash Alliance Perspectives: The Development Community

By Doug Sabo, October 4, 2012

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

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