International organizations must be able to efficiently make humanitarian aid payments to poor people, particularly during times of emergency relief. International organizations have experienced many benefits from digital payments, for example:
- Greater transparency and reduced opportunity for fraud and diversion of funds
- Greater speed in the delivery of payments and shorter wait times for beneficiaries to receive much-needed relief
- More financial inclusion for people with low incomes, generating more local economic growth and employment
The Better Than Cash Alliance helps international organizations make the transition to digital payments by providing leadership, research, and technical expertise.
Transition Success Stories
- In 2014, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provided unconditional mobile phone cash transfers to assist people whose homes and livelihoods were severely affected by the devastating floods in northwest Bangladesh.
- Save the Children partnered with TN Bank to implement a digital payments delivery system as part of its humanitarian response in Zimbabwe. The card-linked bank accounts have enabled 1,000 participants to buy goods using point-of-sale devices in local shops.
- In the Philippines, Mercy Corps and BanKO provided digital financial solutions to clients with low-incomes and living in remote locations. In 2013, Mercy Corps led the effort to make mobile cash transfers to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.