Humanitarian Agencies Join Forces with Private Sector to Improve Electronic Cash Transfers in Aid Response

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Mercy Corps to lead network that will share knowledge and best practices for e-transfer implementation

A Mercy Corps beneficiary in Nepal learns how to access an electronic voucher on his mobile phone that he can redeem for basic food staples like lentils, rice and oil, and supplies.

“Using e-transfers is one of the fastest ways we have to connect people with the resources they need to survive and to help their communities recover.” - Sara Murray, electronic cash transfer program manager for Mercy Corps.

Leaders in the humanitarian, financial services, and technology sectors have joined forces in a newly launched effort, the Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network. Founded and led by the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, with the support of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, the network is intended to improve how electronic cash and vouchers are used to assist survivors of natural disasters and conflict globally.

“Through this network, humanitarian and industry partners alike will be able to share information about new payment technologies, what works and what doesn’t work, as well as receive technical support to improve how we use them in our global aid response,” says Sara Murray, electronic cash transfer program manager for Mercy Corps. “Using e-transfers is one of the fastest ways we have to connect people with the resources they need to survive and to help their communities recover.”

Sara Murray, electronic cash transfer program manager for Mercy Corps, will lead the network advisory group. Founding members include:

    Cash Learning Partnership
    International Rescue Committee
    MasterCard
    Norwegian Refugee Council
    Oxfam International

The network is open to all private and non-profit organizations that are committed to improving the reach and quality of electronic cash transfers in humanitarian response efforts.

About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. With a network of experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, we partner with local communities to put bold ideas into action to help people recover, overcome hardship and build better lives. Now, and for the future. http://www.mercycorps.org.

About The Electronic Cash Transfers Learning Action Network
The Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network, presented by Mercy Corps, with support from the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, is connecting businesses and humanitarians to improve e-transfers in emergencies.

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