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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

Report

Opportunities to Advance Digital Payments in Viet Nam

March 11, 2020

Digital payments enable inclusive growth and advance the Sustainable Development Goals, through cost savings, increased transparency, financial inclusion and greater women’s economic participation.

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The International Labour Organization commits to expanding the use of responsible digital payments to advance decent work

By Communications Team, November 20, 2019

New partnership will result in promoting digital payments as an important tool to increase security, financial inclusion and economic opportunities in the workplace.

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Media Release

In Bangladesh, key public and private sector actors commit to scaling digital wages across garment sector

November 20, 2019

Dhaka, November 20, 2019 - Media release by Government of Bangladesh: Building on what has been achieved so far, the government and the private sector have committed to working together to solve the challenges in ensuring all garment factories pay their workers digitally. The decision came from the Bangladesh Digital Wages Summit, which convened on 20 November in Dhaka.

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Blog Post

Call to action: Digitizing workers’ payments in the garment sector in Bangladesh

By Communications Team, November 18, 2019

Leading brands call on other companies and suppliers in Bangladesh to grasp the opportunity to drive inclusion, efficiency, and transparency through wage digitization

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Event

Bangladesh Digital Wages Summit

By Communications Team, November 12, 2019

Scaling Digital Wages: An Opportunity for Garment Employees and Manufacturers

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Blog Post

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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Media Release

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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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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Blog Post

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

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

Accelerating the SDGs: How Digital Finance Can Ignite Faster Progress Toward the Global Goals

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, September 20, 2018

As world leaders met at the U.N. General Assembly in New York last week, many discussions focused on how to ignite greater progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Increasingly, digital financial inclusion is emerging as a key answer.

Report

Igniting SDG Progress Through Digital Financial Inclusion

September 18, 2018

Are you a decision-maker in government, business, or civil society?

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Blog Post

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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Blog Post

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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Blog Post

Why having less cash can mean a better life

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, June 11, 2018

A third of adults struggle to get by without basic financial services to protect against hardship and save for the future. Ruth Goodwin-Groen, of the UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance, explains why moving from cash to digital payments can help reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth.

Report

The Future of Supply Chains: Why Companies are Digitizing Payments

June 11, 2018

New report underscores benefits of shifting from cash to digital payments in corporate supply chains

Report

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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“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

Gap Inc. Sets New Goal For Apparel Suppliers To Pay Garment Workers Digitally By 2020

March 14, 2018

Joins UN-based Better than Cash Alliance to Promote Financial Inclusion and Greater Supply Chain Transparency and Efficiency

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Blog Post

In India, digital payments are changing the game for women entrepreneurs

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, November 28, 2017

This blog post was originally published in the Huffington Post

Report

The Role of Digital Payments in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

October 21, 2017

Finance Ministers of the economies of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) endorsed the new Better Than Cash Alliance report on the role of digital payments in sustainable agriculture on 21st October, in Viet Nam.

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Video

Voices from Ghana

October 2, 2017

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Media Release

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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Blog Post

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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Blog Post

Frequently Asked Questions about the Responsible Digital Payments Guidelines

By Communications Team, June 1, 2017

Below are the questions we often get asked about our Responsible Digital Payments Guidelines:

Case Study

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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Blog Post

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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Media Release

To improve the lives of nearly 2 million workers, H&M group will encourage suppliers to pay workers digitally

March 8, 2017

H&M group becomes the first global fashion brand to join the United Nations’ Better Than Cash Alliance

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Blog Post

Why Women Workers and Managers Prefer Electronic Wage Payments in Bangladesh

By Leora Klapper, March 8, 2017

Payday can be an ordeal for women garment workers in Bangladesh. Often, they must wait in long lines, carry wads of cash through crowded streets, or encounter a mother-in-law demanding money.

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Blog Post

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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Video

When Aid Goes Digital

February 7, 2017

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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 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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Media Release

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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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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Media Release

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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Resource

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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Blog Post

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.

Case Study

Saving Money, Saving Lives: A Case Study on the Benefits of Digitizing Payments to Ebola Response Workers in Sierra Leone

May 18, 2016

At the height of the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone turned to mobile wallets to make fast, accurate, and secure payments to Response Workers. Before digitization, cash payments were slow, inaccurate, and open to graft and theft.

Case Study

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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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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Media Release

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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Blog Post

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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Resource

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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In the hands of women: A reflection on the gender gap in financial inclusion

By Beth Porter, March 8, 2016

Did you ever wonder why there is not an International Men’s Day? There actually is such a day, by the way—it’s on November 19th, but there aren’t too many people marking it with a night off from cooking or cleaning or childcare for the guys!

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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.

Blog Post

Digital Financial Services Can Help Bring Millions of Women Into the Workforce

By Ruth Goodwin-Groen, November 24, 2015

by Leora Klapper and Ruth Goodwin-Groen

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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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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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Blog Post

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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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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Blog Post

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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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

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

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Blog Post

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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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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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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Blog Post

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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Blog Post

Digital payments can empower women

By Communications Team, March 11, 2015

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

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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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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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Blog Post

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

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

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

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Blog Post

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.

Blog Post

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

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

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

Media Release

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

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

Media Release

Malawi Joins Better Than Cash Alliance

July 1, 2013

Malawi Announces Commitment to Transition to Electronic Payments

Media Release

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

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

Media Release

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

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

Blog Post

Better Than Cash Launch Event

By Communications Team, October 2, 2012

2012 the Better Than Cash Alliance was launched at an event at the Ford Foundation in New York.

Media Release

Ruth Goodwin-Groen Named as Managing Director

September 27, 2012

Alliance Accelerates Work to Transition from Cash to Electronic Payments Worldwide

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

Blogs & Stories

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.”

Media Release

Initiative Launched to Accelerate Global Shift to Electronic Payments for the Poor

September 20, 2012

Initiative Launched to Accelerate Global Shift to Electronic Payments for the Poor

Media Release

Leading Corporations, Foundations and Development Organizations Form ‘Better Than Cash Alliance’

September 20, 2012

Leading Corporations, Foundations and Development Organizations Form ‘Better Than Cash Alliance’

Blogs & Stories

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.

Media Release

Digital initiative aimed at helping world’s poor

September 19, 2012

Digital initiative aimed at helping world’s poor

Media Release

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

Blogs & Stories

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