Digital inclusion

Closing the digital divide with identity and payment systems

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 08/12/2022 - 15:55

GovInsider (12.08.2022) Reliable, well designed digital ID and payment systems can be an important social and economic leveller. But governments must be inclusive and citizen-centric in rolling them out, according to the World Bank.

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Digital inclusion
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Societal Impact
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The opportunities of digital inclusion and the tech behind it

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 08/09/2022 - 16:24

TechRepublic (05.08.2022)  There are 2.9 billion people worldwide who do not have internet access or the opportunities to engage in the digital economy. Despite the technological advancements, the digital divide continues to affect all aspects of life, from banking to healthcare, education, communications and media.

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Digital inclusion
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Can Digital G2P Transfers Drive Financial Inclusion and Digital Payments? Evidence from India

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 06/23/2022 - 16:16

Center for Global Development (09.06.2022) Does channeling government-to-person (G2P) payments through bank accounts encourage financial inclusion and use? This paper explores the factors that have driven the adoption of digital payments in India by beneficiaries of PMGKY, the large-scale COVID-19 relief program launched in May 2020. India’s 2013 move to pay social benefits through direct transfers into bank accounts significantly increased account ownership, but uptake of digital payments has been slower, although it has accelerated more recently through smartphone-based apps.

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india
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Digital inclusion
Mobile technologies

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Service delivery
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Digital bodies and digitalised welfare: North-South linkages in the politics of food assistance and social welfare

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 08/24/2021 - 17:11

ideas.repec.org (2021) This paper examines North–South linkages in the politics of contemporary food assistance and social welfare, and in particular the normalisation of poverty and humanitarian crisis caused by increased digitalisation, privatisation and individualisation of aid or welfare. Migrants and displaced populations are considered as extreme cases and we examine how these policies and practices are leading to the growth of a global precariat who are constantly on the edge of survival (or death).

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sudan
india
united kingdom
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ICT
Digital inclusion
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A year into the pandemic, welfare “innovation” continues to penalise the poor

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 06/24/2021 - 12:02

Privacy International (22.06.2021) The global Covid-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst for technology-intensive initiatives for welfare distribution, coming at a high cost to human rights and inclusion: enforcing automated discrimination, exacerbating existing inequalities and compromising access to essential benefits.

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A Digital Bridge to Social Support

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 06/21/2021 - 16:39

Project Syndicate (16.06.2021) During the COVID-19 pandemic, governments worldwide have taken advantage of technological solutions to streamline social-protection schemes. But, for all its benefits, a digital approach to welfare programs implies an obvious risk: exclusion of those on the wrong side of the digital divide.

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Digital inclusion

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