Art Appraisal Blog

Category - Sub-Saharan Africa

01/6/2021
Agent Network, Incentives, and Liquidity

Coping measures for “measurement” in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 has seen governments across the globe walk a tightrope as they scramble to contain the spread of the disease while keeping the economy stable. In this unprecedented situation, ground-level data for evidence-based decision-making assumes critical significance. This blog looks at five key lessons from MSC’s research on COVID-19.

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06/15/2020
Digital Payment Ecosystems

Social Cash Transfer Payment Systems in sub-Saharan Africa

Social cash transfers to vulnerable households and individuals have been adopted at an unprecedented scale across sub-Saharan Africa. While most programs initially relied on manual cash disbursements, digital payment technologies have been on the rise since the early 2000s. Through a survey of 130 programs in 44 countries this paper offers a comprehensive overview of payment instruments and providers used in the region. Although cash continues to play a key role in the disbursement of social transfers, the adoption of electronic payments through private companies is increasing and further payment reforms and digitization efforts can be expected.

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06/15/2020
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

A New Generation of Government-to-Person Payments Is Emerging

Advances in payment infrastructure are enabling governments to channel payments through multiple providers, giving people greater choice over how to receive payments. This is an important shift with implications for financial services providers, recipients of government payments and financial inclusion.

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06/3/2020
Agent Network, Incentives, and Liquidity

Harnessing Digital Technology and Payments to Support People and Small Businesses through COVID-19 and Beyond

This event will highlight the opportunities and challenges of using COVID-19 financial transfers to individuals and MSMEs to build better digital payments infrastructure

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