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Principles for Digital Payments in Humanitarian Response

Cash transfers in humanitarian response can be leveraged to prioritize emergency needs first and, at the same time, build a bridge towards sustainable development goals including economic, social, and financial inclusion. When cash is transferred through digital payment mechanisms — one of many options available for delivery of cash in humanitarian assistance – this potentially provides an opportunity to offer recipients a basic transaction account that can be leveraged in the future for more robust financial inclusion. At the same time, a principled approach is required in order to ensure effective, fair, and durable use of digital payments as a transfer mechanism.

This document outlines 8 principles for digital payments in humanitarian response which have been agreed by many organisations working in the humanitarian sphere.

Sarah Corley
Sarah is Deputy Director at DFI and is responsible for developing the DFS profession and providing opportunities for capacity building outside of our online course provision. She has over 20 years of experience within the learning and capacity development within the development and health sector, and is passionate about being a catalyst for change.

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