Addressing the weak link in COVID-19 relief: how improving strategic communications can boost the impact of social protection programs
This blog post from IPA summarizes the findings from a survey of SAP 2 transfer beneficiaries in the Philippines. Due to a number of issues under SAP 1, including overcrowding, SAP 2 benefits were distributed digitally through accounts rather than in cash. The survey found that the average recipient was satisfied, despite waiting for about an hour and being charged roughly $1 to cash out. Only 16%, however, were aware...
As countries have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, digital vouchers have been used in some contexts to distribute aid. This MicroSave blog post, the first of two, briefly discusses the benefits of e-vouchers, and their use by humanitarian agencies.
As countries have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, digital vouchers have been used in some contexts to distribute aid. This MicroSave blog post, the second of two, briefly discusses the introduction of e-vouchers in Kenya, and the challenges that have emerged.
This World Bank blog post outlines Paraguay’s Pytyvõ program, which reached a considerable number of the country’s households in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Paraguay achieved this despite lacking a comprehensive social registry at the onset of the crisis, and relied heavily on electronic wallets to distribute benefits.
The Better Than Cash Alliance offers technical assistance to government members to make the shift from cash to digital – by helping to conduct diagnostic studies and advising on national strategies to help to benchmark and map the priorities. This two-part blog, discusses the factors that support the implementation of a comprehensive digitization agenda and how to build sustainable systems and structures to implement priorities while adapting to rapid growth....
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation across the world. This post by CSIS explores the advantages and risks in the shift to digital payments, outlines principles for inclusive digital payments systems, and briefly summarizes the experiences of Kenya and Mexico.