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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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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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How Digitizing Agricultural Input Payments in Rural Kenya is Tackling Poverty: The Case of One Acre Fund

May 31, 2017

How Digitizing Agricultural Input Payments in Rural Kenya is Tackling Poverty. The case of One Acre Fund

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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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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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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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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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What does mobile money usage look like in Rwanda and Ghana?

May 2, 2016

Financial Inclusion Insights: Mobile Money Momentum in Four African Countries

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Grameen Foundation finds mobile payments improve resilience

December 31, 2015

Measuring The Impact Of Microfinance: Looking To The Future

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10 Better Than Cash Alliance members featured in the Brookings Scorecard on digital financial inclusion

August 26, 2015

Kenya, a Better Than Cash Alliance Member, ranked first on the Brookings Scorecard on financial inclusion.

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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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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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Digital payments can empower women

By Communications Team, March 11, 2015

Re-posted from the “Beyond the Transaction” Mastercard blog

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Case Study: Shifting Food Assistance in Kenya to E-Payments

March 5, 2015

Cash for Assets: World Food Programme’s Exploration of the In-Kind to E-Payments Shift for Food Assistance in Kenya

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Media Release

The Better Than Cash Alliance Is Out to Create a “Cash Lite” World

September 25, 2012

The Better Than Cash Alliance Is Out to Create a “Cash Lite” World

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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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Kenya Case Studies in e-Payments

November 12, 2011

A report by USAID