Digital Finance and Innovations in Financing Education

Resource published October 11, 2016

This Brief looks at the innovations linked to digital finance and education.

In the education sector, mobile payments and digital finance are transforming the way people pay for and secure access to their children’s education. For example, mobile money is making it easier for caretakers to pay school fees and to access and pay for digital learning courses; it helps schools better manage their finances, getting tuition payments on time, keeping records updated, and paying teacher salaries; and it helps governments keep the education system running by effectively paying teacher salaries nationwide. In addition, financial service providers are beginning to offer a range of digital savings and loan products that help families manage the cost of education. Combined, these innovations may play an important role in keeping more children in school and delivering on the SDGs.

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