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A Fine Balance: Regulation & Greater Economic Opportunity in the Case of Payment Gateways for Merchants

By Gisela Davico and Rodrigo Mejía Ricart, April 17, 2020

Opening new payment gateways for merchants presents risks but much greater opportunities. Striking the right balance between fostering innovative services and managing risk is crucial.

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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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“Botón PSE ha transformado el panorama de pagos en Colombia”

By Communications Team, August 1, 2019

Entrevista a Gustavo Vega, Presidente de la empresa ACH Colombia

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“Botón PSE has changed the payment landscape in Colombia”

By Communications Team, August 1, 2019

Interview with Gustavo Vega, President of the clearing house ACH Colombia

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Blockchain Series: Introduction

Blockchain: Cutting through the noise

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

Introduction: Framing of our blog series on distributed ledger technology

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Blockchain Series: Blog 1

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

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

Blockchain Series: Blog 1

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BLOCKCHAIN SERIES: BLOG 2

Distributed Ledgers: Looking Past the Hype

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

Blockchain Series: Blog 2

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Blockchain Series: Blog 3

DLT: Keep Calm and Let the Evidence Speak

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

Blockchain Series: Blog 3

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Blogs & Stories

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

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, June 5, 2019

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

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Blogs & Stories

New Key to Help Unlock the Power of Digital Payments

By Njuguna Ndung’u, December 11, 2018

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

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Transportation Series: Blog 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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Media Release

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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Media Release

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

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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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Podcast

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

By Tidhar Wald, October 18, 2018

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

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Blogs & Stories

Solutions for the Unbanked

By Tidhar Wald, October 16, 2018

Source: Bloomberg

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Blogs & stories

Dollars and Change-Podcast

By Marjolaine Chaintreau, September 27, 2018

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

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Blogs & Stories

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

Report

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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Alcanzando Escala: El Trayecto de BIM Hacia la Inclusión Financiera Digital en Peru

By Communications Team, June 21, 2018

Entrevista a Felipe Vásquez de Velasco, Gerente General de Pagos Digitales Peruanos (PDP)

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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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“Digital payments can be a game-changer for farmers”

By Communications Team, April 17, 2018

Interview with World Cocoa Foundation, Paul F. Macek, Vice President for Programs

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Media Release

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

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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In Kenya, better yields and inclusive agriculture start from your mobile wallet

By Communications Team, June 8, 2017

One of the most important tools on Everline Wakhungu’s farm is her mobile phone.

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Media Release

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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Interview with Maha Bahou, Central Bank of Jordan “Our strategy is national, not institutional”

By Communications Team, May 23, 2017

Ms. Maha Bahou is the Executive Manager for Payment Systems & Domestic Banking Operations and Financial Inclusion Department at the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ).

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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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Webinar

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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Media Release

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

September 21, 2016

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

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India’s digital payments revolution

By Camilo Tellez-Merchan , June 30, 2016

Joint post by Camilo Tellez-Merchan of Better than Cash Alliance and Vivek Belgavi of PwC India

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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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Webinar

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.

Report

Innovative Digital Payment Mechanisms Supporting Financial Inclusion Stocktaking Report

November 16, 2015

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

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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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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

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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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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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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What Apple Pay Adds to the Electronic Payments Landscape

By Marcos Bader, September 30, 2014

Guest post by Marcos Bader

Media Release

Forum Highlights Global Standards For Responsible Digital Finance

September 4, 2014

Forum Highlights Global Standards For Responsible Digital Finance

Media Release

World Bank Report: Digital payments vital to economic growth

August 27, 2014

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

Blog Post

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.

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

Blog Post

Joining Central Bankers to Focus on Innovations in Consumer Payments

By Communications Team, April 9, 2013

The World Bank and the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) recently hosted the Third Meeting of the CPSS – World Bank Retail Payments Forum in Perugia, Italy.