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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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The Fight for Light: Improving Energy Access through Digital Payments

July 9, 2017

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

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Digital Finance and Sustainable Water Service for all

April 26, 2017

This brief examines specific barriers to access and sustainability in the water sector, and discusses channels which DFS can help providers overcome those barriers.

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The role of Financial Services in Humanitarian Crises

April 24, 2017

This paper recommends actions that policy makers and donors can take to improve the provision of financial services to crisis-affected populations.

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Digitzing Value Chain Finance for Smallholder Farmers

April 20, 2017

This brief examines three key use cases for digital financial services in agricultural value chains.

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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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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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Global Landscape Study on Digitizing P2G Payments

February 15, 2017

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

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The long-run poverty and gender impacts of mobile money (Science)

December 9, 2016

This article shows how the increased access to mobile money has increased long term consumption in Kenya and reduced the number of households in extreme poverty.

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Country Diagnostic: Bangladesh

November 26, 2016

The Way Forward for Digitizing Payments

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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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Digital Finance and Innovations in Financing Education

October 11, 2016

This Brief looks at the innovations linked to digital finance and education.

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Universal Financial Access Global Payment Systems Survey 2015

October 11, 2016

During the 2013 World Bank–International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings, the World Bank Group (WBG) President Dr. Jim Yong Kim announced that the WBG envisions that adults worldwide will have universal financial access (UFA) by 2020. That is, adults will be able to have access to a transaction account to store money, and make and receive payments as the basic building block to manage their financial lives.

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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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Digital Finance for All: Powering Inclusive Growth in Emerging Economies (McKinsey)

September 15, 2016

In this report, McKinsey takes a comprehensive approach to quantifying the economic and social imact of digital finance in emerging economies.

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2016 Mobile Industry Impact Report: Sustainable Development Goals

September 15, 2016

This report is a critical input into the development of a comprehensive SDG implementation plan for the mobile industry.

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G20 High Level Principles for Digital Financial Inclusion

September 8, 2016

G20 High-Level Principles for Digital Financial Inclusion

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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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Alliance featured in Anatalya outcome document

July 5, 2016

Better Than Cash Alliance featured in Anatalya Comprehensive High-level Midterm Review

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The risks of financial exclusion highlighted by G20 GPFI paper

July 5, 2016

A report by G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI)

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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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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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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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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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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (CGAP)

April 22, 2016

This working paper demonstrates where and how financial services can help achieve the SDGs.

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Digital Finance Energy

March 9, 2016

This brief explains how digital finance is enabling PAYG energy expansion, which in turn provides a gateway to a range of financial products for the financially excluded.

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The Impact of Electronic Payments on Economic Growth (2016)

February 29, 2016

Greater worldwide card use raises a number of questions. Foremost, do electronic payments bring macroeconomic benefits?

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Beyond Cash: Incentivizing Merchant Acceptance in India

January 25, 2016

India has made remarkable progress towards financial inclusion, but the use of digital payments remains limited

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World Development Report 2016: Access to the Internet inadequate

January 13, 2016

Digital Technologies: Huge Development Potential Remains Out of Sight for the Four Billion Who Lack Internet Access

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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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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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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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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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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 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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World Bank finds electronic payments a key driver of financial inclusion

September 21, 2015

FINANCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE SERIES: Payment systems policy and research

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New Responsible Finance Forum Website

September 21, 2015

Responsible Finance Forum

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Their big bet for the future: Bill and Melinda Gates

September 21, 2015

2015 Gates Annual Letter

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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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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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Country Diagnostic: Nigeria

August 27, 2015

Development Results Focused Research Program, Country Diagnostic: Nigeria

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Disrupting Development with Digital Technologies

August 3, 2015

Brookings Blum Roundtable

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Going rural with digital financial services

By Karima Wardak, April 1, 2015

When a family member first told Mary that she could use her mobile phone to store her money, she felt that she had finally found a safe place to keep the earnings from her vegetable sales.

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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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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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Women’s World Banking offers lessons for creating a successful agency banking network

By Communications Team, March 3, 2015

As we approach International Women’s Day on March 8th, Women’s World Banking reflects on a learning exchange with three African banks committed to serving low-income women.

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Country Diagnostic: Malawi

March 2, 2015

Development Results Focused Research Program

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A toolkit for companies planning to reduce costs on cash payments

February 26, 2015

Payments Report

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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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Assessing risk in digital payments (Gates)

February 13, 2015

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

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Elimination of blockages to financial inclusion drives economic growth

January 31, 2015

Identifying Constraints to Financial Inclusion and Their Impact on GDP and Inequality: A Structural Framework for Policy

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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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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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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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Colombia’s Coffee Growers’ Smart ID Card: Successfully Reaching Rural Communities with Digital Payments

January 1, 2015

Successfully Reaching Rural Communities with Digital Payments

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Digitization Helps Small Merchants Keep Jobs and Profits in Mexico

By Alicia Rendon Contro, October 29, 2014

Guest post by Alicia Rendon Contro, Grupo Bimbo

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Tips for mobile money providers to build effective merchant payment networks

October 6, 2014

Merchant Payment Networks Report

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Towards a Stronger Digital Financial Ecosystem in Peru

By Communications Team, September 29, 2014

The Better Than Cash Alliance supports a unique initiative of the Peruvian Banker’s Association (ASBANC) that brings together banks and major telecom operators

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Forum Highlights Global Standards For Responsible Digital Finance

September 4, 2014

Forum Highlights Global Standards For Responsible Digital Finance

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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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In Learning Exchange with Kenya, Nigerian and Malawian Banks Focus on Reaching Women With Cashless Solutions

By Allegra Palmer, August 25, 2014

Guest post by Allegra Palmer, Women’s World Banking

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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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London Borough of Lewisham: Care leavers receive allowance via prepaid card

June 1, 2014

Care leavers receive allowance via prepaid cards

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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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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

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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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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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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

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Ethiopia scales up mobile and other digital finance services

By Communications Team, February 26, 2014

Better Than Cash Alliance discusses digital financial strategy with government

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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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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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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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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Why Women Remain an Untapped Potential in Mobile Money

By Brigit Helms, July 16, 2013

It’s hard to imagine a more explosive, transformative, and empowering trend than the growth of the mobile phone sector in Africa. In 1998 there were fewer than 4 million phones on the continent; today there are around 800 million—a whopping 80 percent penetration. Compare this to the meager 24 percent of African adults with bank accounts. Experts expect there will be around 1.1 billion mobile phone subscribers by 2017.

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Malawi Joins Better Than Cash Alliance

July 1, 2013

Malawi Announces Commitment to Transition to Electronic Payments

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As MEDA joins Better Than Cash Alliance, Reflections on progress to a “Cash-lite Zambia”

By Nicole Pasricha, June 20, 2013

While in Zambia last week, I was struck by the changes in the mobile money sector that have happened since my last trip in 2011, which admittedly is about 20 years ago in technology years. When MEDA first started our partnership that year with Zoona, a mobile transactions company, they were the new kid on the block in a market pretty unfamiliar with cashless payments. They were doing a fair number of transactions, but many of those were directed e-vouchers for subsidy recipients, and there was not a lot of competition for customers doing cashless transactions. Uptake was slow going, and it wasn’t yet clear: Would cashless payments ever take off in Zambia?

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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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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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The Impact of Electronic Payments on Economic Growth (2013)

February 21, 2013

Economic Growth Report

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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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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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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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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

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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.

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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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Digital initiative aimed at helping world’s poor

September 19, 2012

Digital initiative aimed at helping world’s poor

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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

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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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The Solidaridad Visa Prepaid Card Brings Relief to Dominican Citizens in Need

February 1, 2012

The Solidaridad Visa Prepaid Card Brings Relief to Dominican Citizens in Need

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Banking with mobile phones in Haiti: A report on a T-cash pilot program

January 29, 2012

Banking with mobile phones in Haiti: A report on a T-cash pilot program

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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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World Bank Presents Outcomes of the Global Payment Systems Survey 2010

February 1, 2010

A Report by World Bank

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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