Better than Cash Alliance

Better than Cash Alliance, a global public-private partnership dedicated to supporting organizations’ transition away from cash to electronic payments.

Better than Cash Alliance

The Better Than Cash Alliance, launched in September 2012, is accelerating the move towards electronic payments, particularly mobile, in order to enhance efficiency, accountability and transparency. The governments of the Philippines, Afghanistan, Kenya, Peru and Colombia have made public commitments to achieving this shift. Internally, USAID has led the U.S. government by issuing an agency-wide order to move away from the use of cash and by working with our implementing partners to drive millions of dollars toward mobile payments.

USAID convened the founders of the Alliance, which include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, U.N. Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Visa Inc. The Alliance will call on governments, the development community and the private sector to adopt the use of electronic payments for programs that support people living in poverty and provide resources to those who commit to make the transition.

Partners

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    Foundation
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000
    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive...
  • Citi

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    Citi is a global bank that has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and...

  • Ford Foundation

    Foundation
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. They believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential,...

  • MasterCard Foundation

    Foundation
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The MasterCard Foundation is an independent foundation based in Toronto, Canada with $10 billion in assets. Their vision is to create the opportunity for all to learn and prosper. They promote...

  • Omidyar Network

    Service Providers, Investment & Finance
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 101-250

    Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay...

  • United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes investments in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

    Established in 1966 as a special purpose fund of the United Nations, UNCDF...

  • Visa

    Investment & Finance
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    Visa Inc. is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling...

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Key Information

LocationWorldwide, Kenya, Afghanistan, Peru, Philippines, Colombia
StatusActive
  • Start Date 2012
Sectors