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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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CURRENCY OF TRUST: Consumer Behaviors and Attitudes Toward Digital Financial Services in India

May 16, 2017

This report provides a synthesis of the “Currency of Trust” study findings.

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Digitizing Wage Payments in Bangladesh’s Garment Production Sector

March 8, 2017

Digitizing Wage Payments in Bangladesh’s Garment Production Sector

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Person-to-Government Payments: Lessons from Tanzania’s Digitization Efforts

September 20, 2016

This case study explores the factors both supporting and impeding the widespread adoption of Person-to-Government (P2G) and Business-to-Government (B2G) payments in Tanzania, focusing on the period from 2012 to 2016.

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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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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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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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El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo será el primer banco regional de desarrollo en unirse a una alianza que promueve pagos digitales

January 25, 2016

La organización se une a una alianza organizada por la Naciones Unidas para unir gobiernos, empresas y organizaciones internacionales en el esfuerzo para avanzar pagos digitales

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Inter-American Development Bank becomes first regional development bank to join partnership to advance digital payments

January 25, 2016

The organization joins a UN-hosted alliance of governments, companies and international organizations to accelerate the move towards digitization of payments

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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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Visa Debit Opens Doors to India’s Unbanked

October 13, 2015

Visa Debit Opens Doors to India’s Unbanked

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Launching a new toolkit: Digitising payments for businesses, governments and NGOs

October 6, 2015

The toolkit is available on request to mobile operators via the GSMA website

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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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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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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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IMF Links Financial Inclusion and GDP Growth

September 21, 2015

GDP Growth Report

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50 best Fintech Innovators in financial services

September 21, 2015

Financial Report

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How new technologies affect small businesses – recent research findings from DCED Research

September 21, 2015

DCED Research and Evidence Update

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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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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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Disrupting Development with Digital Technologies

August 3, 2015

Brookings Blum Roundtable

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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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DaviPlata: Taking Mobile G2P Payments to Scale in Colombia

July 1, 2015

Insights and Lessons from the payment of Familias en Accion through DaviPlata wallets in Colombia

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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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Digital payments can empower women

By Communications Team, March 11, 2015

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

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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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Saving $15.5 million by replacing cash with cards for Colombian coffee farmers

By Communications Team, March 2, 2015

Two case studies from the Better Than Cash Alliance present innovations from Colombia’s digital payments ecosystem

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A toolkit for companies planning to reduce costs on cash payments

February 26, 2015

Payments Report

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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.

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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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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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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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A Progressive Approach to Financial

October 30, 2014

MasterCard Advisors

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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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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

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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

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

By Communications Team, March 18, 2014

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

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Electronic cash aid gives Rwandan refugees more options

By Communications Team, February 26, 2014

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

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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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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

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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.

Media Release

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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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.

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ACDI/VOCA: Why Electronic Payments are Game-Changing for Development Practitioners

By Matt Renaud, April 2, 2013

At ACDI/VOCA we see firsthand how technological innovations are revolutionizing approaches to global economic development. This is particularly true for electronic payments. Around 2.5 billion people around the world are “unbanked.” Without access to financial services, they can’t save for the future, build assets or get credit. For those who do have access, the services are often rudimentary and inefficient. Electronic payments open doors and create lasting benefits for this underserved population by providing access to robust, modern financial services.

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The Impact of Electronic Payments on Economic Growth (2013)

February 21, 2013

Economic Growth Report

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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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What’s Better than Cash?

By Communications Team, September 21, 2012

“We are excited to be joining our partners in announcing the Better than Cash Alliance today. Committed to moving the global community onto electronic payments in place of physical cash, the Alliance will help the world’s poorest families join the modern economy and realize the benefits of a more transparent, inclusive, cash-light world. I’m optimistic that this Alliance will help usher in a new era of opportunity for some of the most vulnerable people on earth.”

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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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Visa Delivers the Benefits of Electronic Payments to the Trucking Industry in Brazil

June 30, 2012

How Visa Improved Processes in Brazilian Trucking Industry

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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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Payment Systems Worldwide: a Snapshot

December 16, 2010

Financial Infrastructure Series: Payment Systems Policy And Research

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Visa Empowers Employees and Businesses with Payroll Cards

June 22, 2010

Currency of Progress: Greetings from Nashville

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World Bank Presents Outcomes of the Global Payment Systems Survey 2010

February 1, 2010

A Report by World Bank