September 2015
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Governments using digital payments to drive Sustainable Development Goals 

The Tanzanian President, Finance Ministers and high level delegates from Peru, Indonesia, Colombia, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Belgium, and South Africa are leading progress towards the new Sustainable Development Goals by digitizing payments and accelerating financial inclusion. They were joined by the UNDP Administrator and representatives of the UN Secretary General and World Bank President at a UN Global Goals Summit event. Read highlights or watch the video

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UN Secretariat gives digital payments a greater push 

On joining the Better Than Cash Alliance, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, said: “We are committed to moving from cash to digital payments within the UN system. We have seen how digital payments can contribute to greater financial inclusion, allowing greater efficiency, enhancing transparency and freeing up public resources for priority investments.” Learn more ›
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Pakistan and Moldova join the Better Than Cash Alliance 

Two new leaders in digitizing payments: the Government of Pakistan plans to bring millions more citizens into the economy by digitizing payments, and the Government of Moldova aims to digitize all public services by 2020 and expand mPay, enabling Moldovans to pay for all public services with any electronic payment instrument. 
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Modelo Perú: A unique approach to financial inclusion 

Peru has a well-developed formal financial sector, but approx. 70% of Peruvians are still financially excluded. This is about to change with Modelo Perú. Together the country’s financial institutions, government, telecommunications companies, large payers and payees, have constructed a shared infrastructure for mobile payments which will be the basis for competition on product, driving financial inclusion. Learn more ›



Can India Post rise up to the digital payments and financial inclusion challenges?

India Post has just won a new Payments Bank license from the Reserve Bank of India. Its 155,000 branches, 90% in rural areas, have been providing payment services for over a century, but now they have to make the leap to digital technology. In his blog, Nils Clotteau from the Universal Postal Union explains more.  
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Better Than Cash launches interactive toolkits 

Our website now has interactive online toolkits that are tailored to help governments, business and development partners shift from cash to digital payments. Use the cost calculator to calculate the costs of making such a transition, browse through the decision tree, test your knowledge of digital payments or read specific examples from the Republic of Ecosystemia. 
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In Focus

Responsible Finance Forum: Leading global experts prioritize key measures to optimize digital finance for world's poorest people. Learn more ›
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina wins UN's top IT award. Learn more ›
Watch: Making Cash History: How Digital Payments can help drive the Global Goals. Learn more ›
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Ministers of Finance stress importance of digital payments to achieve #SDGs #cash2digital #UNGA #financialinclusion 
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1.2 billion people live on $1.25 a day. See how that can change.  ‪#cash2digital #UNGA
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Digital financial inclusion powerful tool to drive progress for new #SDGs H.M. Queen Máxima @UNSGSA #GlobalGoals View on Twitter ›
Are you on #Twitter? Use  ‪#cash2digital to follow the discussion on digital payments 
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Upcoming Events

TED -Style Talk Event on New Practical Tools for Digital Financial Inclusion; Better Than Cash Alliance, NetHope and MicroSave; Asia-Pacific Financial Inclusion Summit 2015
28 October, 2-3:30pm
Shangri-La Makati Hotel, Manila
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H.E. Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania speaking at the UN Digital Inclusive Finance Event at the UN SDG Summit on 26 September 2015. See more photos
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