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CGAP's Technology Blog: From Social Protection to Financial Inclusion and Beyond

November 26, 2012

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The idea that linking social protection payments to financial inclusion initiatives can reduce poverty is gaining increasing traction. In February of this year, CGAP published a paper on Social Cash Transfers and Financial Inclusion. In April, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held a workshop examining the potential of financially-inclusive electronic G2P payments. One of the core goals of the Better Than Cash Alliance, launched in September by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, UN Capital Development Fund, USAID, and Visa Inc., is to reduce the reliance on cash for G2P and other transfers in order to improve the effectiveness of aid.

The Simplest Way To End Poverty Might Be To Just Give Money Away | Co.Exist

October 9, 2012

Vishnu Sridharan, program associate of the foundation’s Global Asset Project, sat down for an email interview to discuss the findings and what role CCT could play in poverty reduction.

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The Simplest Way to End Poverty?

October 8, 2012
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ALC 2012: The Impact of the Great Recession on Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color

October 2, 2012
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Though the Assets Learning Conference is now more than a week past, one session that has stuck with me dealt with The Great Recession and its Impact on Wealth in Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color. Through deftly interwoven presentations from the Urban Institute, Woodstock Institute, and Ohio State University (moderated by the U.S.

4 Ways to Prevent Natural Disasters From Becoming Human Tragedies

  • By
  • Vishnu Sridharan,
  • New America Foundation
August 28, 2012 |

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently reported that the past 12 months have been the warmest the United States has ever experienced. Another NOAA report confirmed what has become increasingly obvious: Climate change is the likely culprit. This summer’s extreme heat has sparked wildfires in states like Colorado. And the American heartland is parched, suffering the worst drought in 50 years; the loss of crops is predicted to drive food prices up nationally this fall.

The Rocky Climb out of Extreme Poverty

July 24, 2012
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Giving cash to low-income households is a great first step to help them toward self-sufficiency and improved life outcomes. However, for some time it has been clear that those in extreme poverty need more. For these families, as stated in a recent report by BRAC Development Institute and the Mastercard Foundation, government support “only succeeds in keeping [households] afloat – managing to avoid starvation or even death.” However, “in the absence of exit strategies, such as wealthy, influential families to draw productive resources from [or] adequate economic opportunities…these extremely poor households have been unable to ascend out of their poverty.”

Enhancing the Impact of Cash Transfers

  • By
  • Vishnu Sridharan,
  • New America Foundation
July 13, 2012 |
One of the most successful tools in the fight against poverty, one that has attracted increasing attention over the past decade, is social protection via cash transfers. In fact, the New America Foundation’s Global Savings and Social Protection Database – which focuses on Latin America, Africa, East and Asia – has identified over 90 cash-transfer programs in 45 countries, with over a half billion beneficiaries. As the Chronic Poverty Research Centre puts it, “social protection is critical in preventing descent into chronic poverty and reducing the depth of poverty...

Enhancing the Impact of Cash Transfers

  • By
  • Vishnu Sridharan,
  • New America Foundation
July 6, 2012

One of the most successful tools in the fight against poverty, one that has attracted increasing attention over the past decade, is social protection via cash transfers. In fact, the New America Foundation’s Global Savings and Social Protection Database – which focuses on Latin America, Africa, East and Asia – has identified over 90 cash-transfer programs in 45 countries, with over a half billion beneficiaries. As the Chronic Poverty Research Centre puts it, “social protection is critical in preventing descent into chronic poverty and reducing the depth of poverty...

How Mexico Used Banks to Uplift the Poor

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  • Vishnu Sridharan,
  • New America Foundation
June 26, 2012 |
It’s a tough time to be a banker.
 
Last month, during Germany’s “Blockupy” protests in Frankfurt, police warned bankers not to wear suits and keep a low profile as 25,000 marchers swarmed the streets with banners reading “Break the Banks’ Power!” Earlier in Spain, riot police protected Caja Madrid bank as citizens made clear their view that the bank “cheats, defrauds and throws people out of their houses.”
 
In Mexico, which last week hosted the G20 summit, the picture is starkly different.

Advocates Tout Electronic Payments for Government Cash Transfers | FierceGovernmentIT

June 25, 2012

The site's usefulness, said Vishnu Sridharan, program associate for the Global Assets Project, comes from data collected from programs across the globe. "When we bring together the data from all these programs and all these efforts and get a state-of-the-field in one place, the synergies that can take place are amazing," Sridharan added.

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