Digital Finance

Digital Finance

Mar 29, 2017
Vientiane, LAO PDR

Lao PDR is a greenfield environment when it comes to mobile money. Some mobile banking initiatives have been implemented, but there are no mobile money wallets as such – yet! UNCDF has been supporting Star Telecom (Unitel), a mobile network operator in its efforts to launch the first ever mobile money wallet in the country. 

Mar 30, 2017

The Government of Malawi Payments Roadmap lays out a tentative short-term, medium-term and long-term plan for digitizing government payments in Malawi and explains the background of the plan, setting the main targets for the coming years and sketching the route ahead.

This document is a summary of the original roadmap.

Mar 30, 2017
Lilongwe, MALAWI

The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, in collaboration with the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s MM4P programme, the Better Than Cash Alliance and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is pleased to inform the general public that it will launch the Malawi Government Payments Roadmap on Thursday, 30th March 2017 at Umodzi Park, Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

Mar 27, 2017

Launch of Payment Flow Diagnostic for Government Payments in Zambia.

Mar 23, 2017

The process for this diagnostic was carried out by the Mobile Money for the Poor programme, in collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Finance, in order to map the landscape of payments by the Government of the Republic of Zambia and to identify which payments are made in cash and what proportion is digitized. The diagnostic used a methodology designed for the Better Than Cash Alliance that has been used in five other countries.

Mar 22, 2017
Kathmandu, NEPAL

This last post wraps up the discussion of the digitization of social security allowances (SSAs) in Nepal. It takes stock of the main insights of the pilot project and sketches a strategy to scale up the alternative payment method, so far tested in three districts on a full scale, across the country.

Mar 14, 2017
Cotonou, BENIN

Have you ever heard of M-dorado? The all-digital heaven, where digital financial service (DFS) transform - improve- people’s lives, make it easier and more affordable to do business, enhance transparency and defy corruption and bad governance. Without jumping the gun, you can say Africa is well on its way to M-dorado. Take Kenya: in 2015, over 15 million M-Pesa mobile money accounts were active and over 58% of the country’s adult population used a digital wallet.

Feb 22, 2017
New York, NY

Becoming an agent is one of the simpler methods FSPs and MFIs can utilize to enter the digital finance arena.  In this model, the FSP acts as an agent for a DFS provider (often an MNO) and offers the provider’s products and services through the FSP’s own branch network.

Learn if becoming an agent is right for your FSP or MFI with this step-by-step guide. Be an Agent,is DFS Toolkit #2 in the MicroLead Series: How to Succeed in Your Digital Journey.