Digital Finance

Digital financial services represent a new approach to financial inclusion— they give poor families access to an array of affordable resources that make financial transactions cheaper, more secure and transparent. At the same time they help build lasting, inclusive economic infrastructure that improves governance and provide a foundation for innovative business models that offer relevant services to poor and underserved populations, helping create more resilient and self-reliant communities.

The Center for Digital Development’s Digital Finance practice works to overcome barriers preventing access to these vital services by partnering with governments, donors, the private sector, and underserved communities around the world to support financial systems and policies that increase transparency, open new and inclusive markets, and help countries on their journey to self-reliance.

Primer on Blockchain 

With all of the hype around blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies (DLTs), it can be difficult to determine how they can be applied in international development contexts. This primer aims to provide international development practitioners with the information and questions needed to assess if and how DLTs like blockchain can be used to support their programs.

Enabling Digital Payments for Development 

Digital payments serve as a vital tool in achieving USAID’s mission to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and build resilient, independent communities. This resource provides guidance for USAID staff and partners to support the shift from cash to digital payments with governments and across development programs.

RegTech for Regulators Accelerator 

Patrick Drown

In a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Omidyar Network, USAID launched RegTech for Regulators Accelerator (R2A) to catalyze innovation and create a market for technology-enabled tools that enhances the capacity of financial sector regulators and reduces the compliance burden of the private sector.

Partnering to Create an Inclusive Digital Economy 

As part of the Agency’s partnership with India’s Ministry of Finance, USAID’s Digital Finance practice helped launch the India Catalyst Program. This program seeks to realize an inclusive digital economy for all in India, especially low-income populations, through affordable, scalable digital payments and tools.


Last updated: March 07, 2019

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