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Dispensing Value - The Social Utility of the ATM
October 21, 2019
The ATM doesn't just dispense cash, it dispenses value way beyond that of the banknotes it disgorges. They play a pivotal role in disaster risk reduction, poverty alleviation and social protection. But they could do more.
The ATM is critical to driving financial inclusion
August 22, 2019
The impact digital and mobile technologies have had on the financial services industry is undeniable, but innovation in the ATM self-service channel and the unique characteristics of cash will prove just as significant in the quest for greater financial inclusion.
How much do we value privacy?
June 20, 2019
As Facebook publishes its white paper on Libra, the code-name for its future global digital currency, it is probably timely to reflect on the value of privacy and more particularly the value of privacy in payments.
Happy Cash Photo Competition : over 1,000 entries and 10 days to go.
October 17, 2017
The collection of pictures offers a unique journey in the world of cash and illustrates the numerous social, economic and artistic attributes of cash.
Privatisation of cash is not the ‘pro-poor’ solution it pretends to be
July 17, 2017
The payments industry has cleverly used the aid sector as a ruse, a Homeric ‘Trojan Horse’, to gain access to key governmental decision-makers around the world whom they would otherwise find difficult to reach. These contacts have been ruthlessly exploited to pursue their global ambition of a cashless society.
Is Visa so desperate for business they need to pay merchants to go cashless?
July 14, 2017
Visa US. is taking the war on cash to the next level. In a new initiative to encourage businesses to go cashless, Visa will be awarding up to $500,000 to 50 eligible small business food service owners who commit to stop accepting cash.
The road to digital money is paved with cash
May 05, 2017
The overall shift towards digital money is slow and patchy. More importantly, it is widening the monetary divide between those who have access to an increasing range of digital forms money and those who remain financially excluded.
The Red Cross makes a case for cash
February 17, 2017
In many cases, the simple act of giving money — instead of only material goods — may be the most efficient and effective way to give people the buying power they need to direct their own recovery.
Five myths on financial inclusion
December 19, 2016
Worldwide, over two billion people are unbanked. In Europe, 139 million people are financially excluded and rely on cash for their daily purchases.