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. 

For more information on specific areas of innovation in cash technology, see the following:

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01 Aug 2019

Type: Article

Organisation: Kenya Red Cross

First edition of the Innovation Newsletter created by the KRCS Innovation Lab, which aims to provide a space for community members to design, create and develop innovative solutions to challenges in their communities.

  • Cash technology

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11 Jul 2019

Type: Article

Organisation: Libra Association

This document outlines the plans of the Libra Association for a new decentralized blockchain, a low-volatility asset backed cryptocurrency, and a smart contract platform

  • Blockchain and DLT
  • Cash technology

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11 Jul 2019

Type: Research

Organisation: Evernym

A curated community of organizations building the future of identity. The IFRC are members of the Evernym Accelerator programme

  • Blockchain and DLT
  • Cash technology

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11 Jul 2019

Type: Article

Organisation: ID2020

Cash programmes are not unique in needing a safe, secure and trusted means of identifying people. Systems of identification are archaic, insecure and lack adequate privacy protection. Through a multi-stakeholder partnership, ID2020 aims to ensure that digital ID is responsibly implemented and widely accessible.

  • Cash technology
  • Blockchain and DLT

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01 Jul 2019

Type: Case study

Organisation: Kenya Red Cross, ICHA

Case study on the implementation of a shelter recovery programme using a mixed approach including community participation, cash and voucher assistance, and innovative technology (RedRose) to respond to floods in Kenya in 2018.

  • Cash in emergencies
  • Africa
  • Cash technology

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28 Feb 2019

Type: Research

Organisation: ODI

This report highlights current uses, knowledge and evidence gaps around Distributed Ledger Technologies for humanitarian purposes, and outlines a series of recommendations.

  • Cash technology
  • Blockchain and DLT

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