COVID-19

Digital payments have been used by governments throughout the globe to assist millions of people during the COVID-19 pandemic, distributing aid quickly and with minimal personal contact. Yet methods and results have varied across countries, providing important lessons for policymakers.

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Protecting the Poor and Vulnerable against the Pandemic

This report from the Asian Development Bank details the Philippines’ social protection response to COVID-19. It explores the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s efforts to distribute payments, the challenges it encountered, and the role of digital technologies in overcoming them.

Social Assistance and Information in the Initial Phase of the COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons from a Household Survey in India

G2P Payment Arrangements in Egypt and COVID-19

COVID-19 Response Underlines the Need for Portable Social Protection Programs

Women’s Access to Cash Transfers in Light of COVID-19: The Case of Pakistan

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Maximizing Government Cost Savings: Indicators for Calculating Cost Savings from Centralizing and Digitizing Payments

  • Brian Webster

To provide an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic and foster an appropriate environment for economic recovery, LAC governments need to reach a holistic, up-to-date understanding of the resources available to them. Adopting a treasury single account (TSA) and digitizing revenue collection may help achieve these objectives.This study shows that improving treasury management in LAC by implementing TSAs and digitizing revenue collection and payments could generate potential annual savings of...

COVID-19 G2P Cash-Transfer Payments Case Study: Philippines

  • G2PX

G2PX is an initiative within the World Bank Group that seeks to improve government-to-people payments through digitization, in part by identifying best practices throughout the developing world. In this country study, G2PX examines the experience of the Philippines in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

G2P Payment Arrangements in Egypt and COVID-19

  • G2PX

G2PX is an initiative within the World Bank Group that seeks to improve government-to-people payments through digitization, in part by identifying best practices throughout the developing world. In this country study, G2PX examines the experience of Egypt in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

COVID-19 G2P Cash-Transfer Payments Country Brief: South Africa

  • G2PX

G2PX is an initiative within the World Bank Group that seeks to improve government-to-people payments through digitization, in part by identifying best practices throughout the developing world. In this country study, G2PX examines the experience of South Africa in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

COVID-19 G2P Cash-Transfer Payments Country Brief: Jordan

  • G2PX

G2PX is an initiative within the World Bank Group that seeks to improve government-to-people payments through digitization, in part by identifying best practices throughout the developing world. In this country study, G2PX examines the experience of Jordan in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

COVID-19 G2P Cash-Transfer Payments Country Brief: Colombia

  • G2PX

G2PX is an initiative within the World Bank Group that seeks to improve government-to-people payments through digitization, in part by identifying best practices throughout the developing world. In this country study, G2PX examines the experience of Colombia in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

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