E-services

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted barriers to vital digital financial services for refugees

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 12:21

Euronews (24.11.2020) How do you get by without a bank account? This is a question asked daily by millions of refugees worldwide who simply don’t have access to standard financial services. Even the digital and online services that many of us take for granted - tools that help us to save, transfer and receive money - are often out of reach for displaced people.

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Guinea Bissau: electronic payment tools

Submitted by cambrosio on Wed, 10/28/2020 - 17:06

cabri-sbo.org (25.03.2020)

To promote the use of electronic payment tools the Western Africa Central Bank (BCEAO) is providing more flexible measures to open a mobile money and making transfers between people backed by electronic money free.

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Guinea-Bissau
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E-services
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Honduras launches innovative transfer program in response to COVID-19

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 16:27

latinamerica.undp.org (14.10.2020) The Government of Honduras launched “Single Voucher” (Bono Unico), an innovative social protection program aimed at supporting the most vulnerable population affected by COVID-19 in Honduras. The Single Voucher is a one-time subsidy of $82 dollars (2,000 lempiras) delivered through an electronic voucher that can be exchanged for food, medicine and /or medical supplies to up to 260,000 persons in the country in the next three months. 

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honduras
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IMF: Morocco’s Pandemic Social Protection Solutions a ‘Success Story’

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 15:51

moroccoworldnews.com (20.10.2020) Morocco established several innovative digital solutions to increase the number of beneficiaries of social protection schemes during the pandemic.

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morocco
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Japan: Business Sustainable Subsidy

Submitted by siha on Fri, 10/09/2020 - 17:51

Jizokuka-kyufukin (01.09.2020) One time subsidy for small and medium-sized enterprises and sole proprietors whose  sales of any month from January to December reduced by at least 50% compared to that of last year. The amount is 2,000,000 yen maximum for SMEs, and 1,000,000 yen maximum for sole proprietors including freelances. Application can be done online during 1st May 2020 to 15th January 2021.

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japan
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ICT
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Digital Technology in Social Assistance Transfers for COVID-19 Relief: Lessons from Selected Cases

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 10/06/2020 - 11:37

cgdev.org (Sept 2020) Many countries have launched unprecedented relief packages to cushion the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This short review considers some initial lessons emerging from selected countries around the use of digital technology to implement these government-to-people (G2P) social transfer programs. Information is still limited on how well the programs have functioned; in particular, there is a dearth of rapid demand-side survey evidence on the experience of beneficiaries receiving transfers and the likely magnitudes of inclusion and exclusion errors.

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Public employment services: Digital channels improve access to employment support

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 16:28

ilo.org (26.08.2020) A new ILO policy brief shows how public employment services are using technology to increase the help available to people whose jobs have been affected by COVID-19.

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