Cash technology

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:

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01 Jan 2016

Type: Case study

Organisation: IFRC

Case study on using mobile money for unconditional cash transfers  in response to Cyclone Komen in Bangladesh, with a focus on opportunities and challenges in partnering with the private sector.

  • Cash in emergencies
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Cash technology

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01 Jan 2016

Type: Case study

Organisation: Belize Red Cross

Report from the Belize Red Cross on an unconditional cash programme for basic needs in response to Hurricane Earl using pre-paid cards (framework agreement with Visa in Latin America).

  • Americas
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash technology

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01 Jan 2015

Type: Case study

Organisation: IFRC

Case Study on using pre-paid cards to provide unconditional cash grants for basic needs in Jamaica (under the framework agreement with VISA in Latin America).

  • Americas
  • Cash technology

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10 Dec 2013

Type: Video

Organisation: ICRC

Most of the Syrian refugees living in host communities in Jordan are unable to pay for food, health care, rent, water or electricity, so the ICRC and the Jordan Red Crescent Society are helping out by distributing debit cards to vulnerable families.

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash technology

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21 Nov 2013

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

The ICRC and the Jordan National Red Crescent Society provides cash assistance for families, with the dual aim of helping them and easing the burden on local communities. 

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash technology

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22 Feb 2010

Type: Article

Organisation: ICRC

The ICRC and the Kenya Red Cross support the livelihoods of communities, making cash payments via mobile phone. ''Compared to direct payments, the mobile transfer method is more reliable as it reduces the workload and eliminates security risks associated with transporting cash."

  • Cash in conflict
  • Cash in emergencies
  • Cash technology

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