Building a Gateway to Digital Payments in Afghanistan: The World Food Programme’s E-Voucher Initiative

Case Study published 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.

The move dramatically increased the speed, efficiency, security and transparency of payments. E-vouchers prevent the need for long and dangerous journeys to collect cash payments or food packages, and substantially cut administrative costs. The initiative – the largest of its kind to date – also advances financial inclusion by introducing formal financial services in a country where today, only one in 10 people are in the formal banking system.

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