About The Better Than Cash Alliance

Electronic payments are becoming increasingly common as markets seek efficiencies through new technologies. However, the shift from cash to electronic — particularly in a way that expands the benefits of financial inclusion and savings for the poor — is a complex process requiring leadership, resources and technical expertise.

In addition to raising awareness of the benefits of replacing physical cash with electronic payments, the Better Than Cash Alliance facilitates the transition for governments, the development community and the private sector by:

  1. Advocating for organizations to commit to transition their distribution of government benefits, humanitarian aid assistance, payroll, and supplier payments from cash to electronic.
  2. Providing policy, technical and financial assistance to identify and implement the most effective approach for local market conditions that maximize the benefits at each stage of the transition.
  3. Developing cutting-edge research products, best practices and case studies in order to drive the effective shift from cash to electronic payments globally.

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Our Vision and Goals

Our Vision and Goals Empower people through electronic payments.

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A woman holding a Bonsefi bank card that she uses at Diconsa stores. Diconsa, a Mexican government agency, manages a network of more than 22,000 community-owned stores, which sell food and other necessities in remote areas where some of the poorest Mexicans live. A pilot program was launched in 2008 to provide access to banking tools and deliver government cash benefits, primarily Oportunidades payments, through Diconsa stores. An estimated 5 million poor Mexican citizens, including 60 percent of rural families, collect Oportunidades payments. Providing access locally supports beneficiaries in remote areas that are often required to travel long distances to collect their cash payments. For many, it is a costly journey that lasts a full day.

Our Members

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, MasterCard, Omidyar Network, U.S. Agency for International Development and Visa Inc. are funding the Better Than Cash Alliance. The UN Capital Development Fund serves as the secretariat.

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Electrical Student, Jean Louis Thomas writes a text message to a friend downtown Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, June 5, 2010.

Committees

The Better Than Cash Alliance is governed by committees with experts that provide leadership and support.

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Governments

Governments

A more efficient, transparent and secure means of disbursing benefits.

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Development Community

Development Community

Create lasting benefits for people, communities and economies.

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Private Sector

Private Sector

Reduce many of the costs related to hard currency payments.

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