Apr 03, 2017
Kampala, UGANDA

As you leave Kampala and its busy streets, you head into rural Uganda where you exchange small shops and boda-bodas for coffee, maize, goats and chickens. More than 80% of the population lives here, and agriculture and its large cohort of smallholder farmers account for 23% of Uganda’s GDP. 

Mar 30, 2017

A five-year plan to digitize Government payments in Malawi.

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.