Digital technology has the potential to transform the way in which cash programmes operate. Mobile payment platforms are already demonstrating how new technologies can have a great impact on efficiencies and convenience for people receiving cash assistance. This is just one example of the potential for the use of technology in this sector.
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For more information on specific areas of innovation in cash technology, see the following:
01 Oct 2018
New technologies continue to present great risks and opportunities for humanitarian action. To ensure that their use does not result in any harm, humanitarian organisations must develop and implement appropriate data protection standards, including robust risk assessments
01 Sep 2018
Review of the Blockchain Open Loop Cash Transfer pilot project implemented in May 2018 by IFRC in collaboration with the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) to assist over two-thousand households affected by drought in Isiolo County.
28 Aug 2018
Organisation: Harvard Business Review
Sunil Gupta, a professor at Harvard Business School, argues that many companies are still doing digital strategy wrong. Their leaders think of “going digital” as either a way to cut costs or to attract customers with a flashy new app
01 Aug 2018
Organisation: Humanitarian Outcomes, British Red Cross, Kenya Red Cross
This research has the goal to further the evidence base on whether and how humanitarian cash transfers can foster the financial inclusion of crisis affected people focusing on two Kenya Red Cross projects in Kilifi and the Tana Delta where cash was delivered using M-Pesa.
01 Aug 2018
Organisation: Humanitarian Outcomes, British Red Cross, ICRC
This research has the goal to further the evidence base on whether and how humanitarian cash transfers can foster the financial inclusion of crisis affected people through a review of a “cash for livelihoods” programme implemented by ICRC in Nigeria.
07 Jul 2018
Organisation: American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has successfully piloted an innovative program to give small cash grants to survivors of the Haiti earthquake.
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