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Catalyzing Action on Digital Payments: Insights from National Transformation Journeys

  • Better Than Cash Alliance

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....

Developing Inclusive Digital Payment Systems

  • Romina Bandura, Sundar R. Ramanujam

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.

Evolution, Not Revolution: The New BTCA Report Reflects Continuity and Change in Thinking on Digital Payments Ecosystems

  • Brian Webster and Anit Mukherjee

The past few years have witnessed a dramatic increase in the use of digital payments worldwide. The percentage of global transactions conducted in cash fell from 89 percent in 2013 to 77 percent in 2019, and mobile wallets grew in popularity. The demands of social distancing brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have only reinforced those trends. It has been projected that half of all people will use mobile wallets...

Delivering Social Assistance during COVID with a “Digital-First” Approach: Lessons from India

  • Alan Gelb, Anit Mukherjee and Brian Webster

India offers lessons on the interaction of “real” and “digital” relief programs during COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns when digital mechanisms have played a vital role in the delivery of social assistance benefits.

Let Her Choose: Supercharging G2P for Women

  • Greg Chen, Maria May

The most valuable innovation is in G2P delivery systems that empower women to choose how to receive their cash.

Will the Pandemic Exacerbate or Mitigate the Digital Gender Gap?

  • Parul Tandon and Sonal Jaitly

COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on women must be urgently addressed through the provision of digital financial literacy and access.

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