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Tuesday, March 21 • 10:45am - 12:30pm
Morning Breakout 3 – Digital Payments: Moving Together from Principles to Action FULL

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Cash-based assistance is an increasingly significant part of emergency response, and it can be quicker, more efficient and more end-user friendly than traditional in-kind assistance. To get cash transfers to people affected by humanitarian emergencies more quickly and effectively, humanitarian actors need to work with and leverage the experiences of private sector partners and, in particular, draw from technological advances in the ICT sector. How can humanitarians access the best thinking on payments solutions, and how can tech and communications actors use their products and systems to reduce humanitarian suffering? In February 2016, USAID's Global Development Lab convened 24 humanitarian and financial inclusion partners to co-create the Barcelona Principles for Digital Payments in Humanitarian Response. In January 2017, 18 private sector companies and humanitarian organizations endorsed Principles on Public-Private Cooperation in Humanitarian Payments at the World Economic Forum. This session will explore how these principles are being put into practice and ask what more can we do to optimize collaborations and partnerships to serve affected people. We seek to leave this session with concrete and actionable ideas to improve humanitarian actors’ access to digital payments technology, and to ensure that the transfer of ideas, expertise and technology is optimized to serve people affected by crisis. Registration is required for this session and participation is capped at 35 people.


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Chrissy Martin

Digital Finance Expert, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Chrissy Martin works at the U.S. Global Development Lab, where she scales the use of digital financial services to increase household resilience, especially through improved agricultural incomes, access to energy, and effective delivery of humanitarian assistance. By bringing together... Read More →

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Thea Anderson

Director, Financial Inclusion, Mercy Corps
Thea is Director for Financial Inclusion at Mercy Corps, a global development and humanitarian organization operating in over 40 countries. Thea is an accomplished expert in financial inclusion and digital financial services with a focus on fragile and conflict-affect environments... Read More →
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Matt Bohan

Senior Program Officer – Financial Services for the Poor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Matt Bohan is a Senior Program Officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the Financial Services for the Poor team. In this role he: Works with partners and grantees on technical and business model enablement of mobile/digital payments, financial services interoperability... Read More →
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Sam Kansara

Product Manager - Google Wallet, Google
Sam Kansara is the product manager for Google Wallet, Google’s person-to-person payments platform tasked with the mission of making sending money between users a truly frictionless experience. In his role, Sam is responsible for defining the product vision and roadmap for Wallet... Read More →
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Barbara Span

Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Western Union
Alumna, Northwestern University; Harvard Business School Strategic Program on Microfinance. Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Western Union. Responsible for policy, regulatory and consumer issues/advocacy including migration, financial inclusion, humanitarian, economic development... Read More →

Tuesday March 21, 2017 10:45am - 12:30pm
CL5 - Altoona Curve 1500 Crittenden Lane, Mountain View, CA 93403

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