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The Cost of Cash to Ghana’s Cocoa Sector

By Betty Annan and Oswell Kahonde, July 8, 2020

Digital payments can help make the sector more efficient, transparent, and secure for companies and people alike

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Sudan embraces digital payments to build a more inclusive economy

June 10, 2020

Sudan Joins United Nations’ Better Than Cash Alliance to Drive Financial Inclusion and Transparency

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Toward a Cash-Lite Ghana: Building an Inclusive Digital Payments Ecosystem

May 18, 2020

The Government of Ghana is seeking to harness the benefits of a shift from cash to digital payments by developing a national inclusive digital payments ecosystem where everyone can make – and receive – payments digitally.

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Expandiendo los pagos digitales en los programas sociales del Perú

By Gisela Davico & María Moreno, January 15, 2020

En un mundo donde la tecnología está revolucionando nuestras vidas a un ritmo sin precedentes, la digitalización de pagos es clave para impulsar la adopción de políticas públicas que promuevan un crecimiento económico sostenible y una mayor inclusión financiera.

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Country Diagnostic: The Philippines (2019 edition)

December 2, 2019

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Philippine Government recognize digital payments as a policy priority to enable Filipinos to seize the opportunities of the digital revolution.

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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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The Role of Digital Financial Inclusion in Preparing for Older Age and Retirement

July 8, 2019

As populations age and birth rates decline in many parts of the world, digital solutions have an important role to play in ensuring financial well-being for older adults. Globally, the number of people aged 60 years or over has more than doubled since 1980, and the share of older adults is projected to double again by 2050.

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Public Financial Management and the Digitalization of Payments

June 5, 2019

Joint report by the Better Than Cash Alliance, the Center for Global Development, and the Overseas Development Institute, building on work with the International Monetary Fund in 2017.

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L’Agence de la Couverture Maladie Universelle du Sénégal lance une nouvelle plateforme numérique « sunucmu.com »

May 3, 2019

Communiqué de presse de l’Agence de la Couverture Maladie Universelle du Sénégal (ACMU)

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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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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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Country Diagnostic: Senegal

November 27, 2018

Digitization of payments: a source of growth and inclusive development

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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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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

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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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10 reasons to be optimistic that full financial inclusion is possible through digital payments

April 19, 2018

The past decade has seen great strides in building awareness of the global financial inclusion agenda, and very positive steps in achieving tangible change.

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Senegal’s commitment to digitizing payments at local level is setting an example for the region

By Jean Pascal Mvondo, February 15, 2018

By Jean Pascal Mvondo, West Africa’s Digital Government Lead, Better Than Cash Alliance

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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

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Country Diagnostic: Ghana

September 27, 2017

Building an Inclusive Digital Payments Ecosystem: The Way Forward

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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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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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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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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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Social Networks, e-Commerce Platforms, and the Growth of Digital Payment Ecosystems in China: What it Means for Other Countries

April 19, 2017

Social Networks, e-Commerce Platforms, and the Growth of Digital Payment Ecosystems in China: What it Means for Other Countries

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Country Diagnostic: Bangladesh

November 26, 2016

The Way Forward for Digitizing Payments

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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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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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Country Diagnostic: Peru

October 13, 2016

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

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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

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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: 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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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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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 , 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

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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Blogs & Stories

Afghanistan: Moving police salary payments to mobile accounts

By Communications Team, June 2, 2016

Guest Post By the Treasury General Directorate, Ministry of Finance, Government of Afghanistan

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Media Release

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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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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Mobile money promotes messages of peace in Cote d’Ivoire

By Nicole Kresse, March 2, 2016

Many Ivoirians were concerned that the 2015 presidential elections would lead to renewed conflict, particularly after the violence surrounding the elections of 2010.

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Ugandan farmers – majority women - devise new mobile solution

By Nicole Kresse, December 8, 2015

Farmers are adapting mobile technology to meet market needs and drive progress on their own terms rather than waiting for telecommunications companies to deliver solutions

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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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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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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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Can India Post rise up to the digital payments and financial inclusion challenge?

By Nils Clotteau, October 8, 2015

On 19 August 2015, the Reserve Bank of India approved licenses for eleven institutions to set up payment banks. The purpose was to have these banks further financial inclusion by providing small savings accounts and payment / remittance services to, “migrant labour workforce, low income households, small businesses, other unorganised sector entities and other users.”

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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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The Better Than Cash Alliance

September 24, 2015

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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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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: Nigeria

August 27, 2015

Development Results Focused Research Program, Country Diagnostic: Nigeria

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Country Diagnostic: Nigeria

August 27, 2015

Development Results Focused Research Program, Country Diagnostic: Nigeria

Case Study

Nigeria’s “Cashless” policy

August 27, 2015

The response of large corporates and their value chains to government policies to shift to digital payments: Nigeria’s “Cashless” policy

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Country Diagnostic: The Philippines

July 15, 2015

Development Results Focused Research Program

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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: 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

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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The Opportunities of Digitizing Payments

May 18, 2015

The Opportunities of Digitizing Payments

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An infrastructure approach to improving Financial Inclusion

By Ryan Zagone & Danny Aranda, May 1, 2015

The Better Than Cash Alliance is introducing an occasional series on innovations that have the potential to reduce costs in digital payments. The first in this series is an article by Ryan Zagone and Danny Aranda from Ripple Labs, a technology company that develops real-time settlement solutions for financial institutions.

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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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Media Release

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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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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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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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.

Case Study

Country Diagnostic: Colombia

January 1, 2015

Development Results Focused Research Program

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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

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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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Paving the Way for Responsible Digital Finance

By Beth Porter, August 27, 2014

By Beth Porter, Policy Advisor, Financial Inclusion, UNCDF, Advisor, Better Than Cash Alliance

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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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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

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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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.

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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.

Media Release

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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Mr Bill Gates and Other Experts to Speak on Digital Financial Inclusion and Inclusive Growth

September 18, 2013

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development and Mr Bill Gates to Speak on Digital Financial Inclusion and Inclusive Growth

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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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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.

Media Release

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.

Media Release

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 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.

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

Blog Post

Better Than Cash Alliance Names Ruth Goodwin-Groen as Managing Director

By Communications Team, November 27, 2012

Alliance Accelerates Work to Transition from Cash to Electronic Payments Worldwide

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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

Aquino Admin Says ‘Digitisation’ a Priority Goal

September 26, 2012

Aquino Admin Says ‘Digitisation’ a Priority Goal

Blogs & Stories

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.