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Responding to Crisis With Digital Payments For Social Protection: Short-Term Measures With Long-Term Benefits

– World Bank

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 13 May 2020

A look at government-to-person (G2P) payments in response to the pandemic and how they can best be implemented

Countries such as Chile which have national-ID linked bank accounts have been able to transfer relief funds quickly and directly to citizens, helping them cope with the crisis. Other countries with no such system are nonetheless trying to deliver vital cash to people.

“Recognizing how critical these functions are during the COVID-19 crisis, many governments are finding creative ways to distribute cash safely to expanded numbers of people. But there are limits to what is possible, particularly when physical interactions are discouraged.”

This article outlines the benefits of G2P systems, and notes that as their use accelerates due to the crisis, like any digital infrastructure there must be safeguards in place to protect people’s data and privacy.

As countries proceed, emphasis must be placed on ensuring that the digitalization of payments does not lead to exclusion of vulnerable populations, such as those without access to technology, the elderly, the disabled, and people living in remote areas

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