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Wednesday, March 22 • 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Afternoon Breakout 1 – Establishing and Expanding Digital Payment Infrastructure LIMITED

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How do we reach people in contexts where digital infrastructure is lacking? How can we transpose solutions developed in northern California to northern Cameroon? How can we ensure that where we engage we are leaving a permanent legacy of greater connectedness and financial inclusion? Perhaps the best way to increase the use of digital distribution of cash assistance today is through the expansion of existing payment infrastructure to countries that lack such infrastructure. Digital payment networks, such as those that support wire transfers and credit card transactions, do not exist in many countries affected by humanitarian crises. In other countries, fees for such transactions are prohibitively expensive. How do we operate in contexts where infrastructure is lacking, and can humanitarian and ICT partners incentivize the establishment of new payment networks and the expansion of existing networks? We will hear from panellists working in some of the most challenging contexts on earth, both those using technology to substitute for digital infrastructure where it does not exist, and those seeking to use their interventions to strengthen digital infrastructure over the long term. We seek to leave this session with a clearer picture of how to flex tools and technologies to address limited-infrastructure contexts, and what we can do to ensure our engagement incentivizes the strengthening of digital infrastructure to serve the world’s poorest and most remote communities.


Moderators
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Greg Puley

Senior Advisor, Coordination and Response Division, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Greg Puley is Senior Advisor in the Coordination and Response Division of UN OCHA, where he supervises a team that supports the delivery of more effective humanitarian action in the field. In 2016 Greg led an inter-agency team supporting the Secretary General's Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate, Mrs. Mary Robinson and Ambassador Macharia Kamau, producing a global 'Blueprint for Action' to prevent El Niño episodes from becoming... Read More →

Speakers
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Lily Frey

Electronic Cash Transfer Officer, Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN)
Lily supports the Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN), which seeks to improve the effectiveness and impact of humanitarian cash transfer programs through the appropriate use of payments technology. Lily has led work on assessing mobile money partnership choices, developing basic data protection tips for field staff, and strengthening procurement processes for electronic transfers. Prior to her work with the ELAN and Mercy... Read More →
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Gregory Matthews

Deputy Director of Economic Programs for Cash Initiatives, International Rescue Committee
Gregory Matthews is the Deputy Director of Economic Programs for Cash Initiatives. Greg is a food security and nutrition specialist with over ten years of experience in humanitarian response and coordination. He currently oversees the IRC’s cash transfer programming and emergency market analysis efforts, including the field-level support for cash transfer programs as well as cash-related policy, advocacy and research efforts. Greg leads... Read More →
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Beth Porter

Policy Advisor, Financial Inclusion and Better Than Cash Alliance, United Nations Capital Development Fund
Beth has over two decades of experience in financial inclusion throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.  At UNCDF she provides policy guidance on financial inclusion, particularly to advance responsible finance and promote financial access of women and youth.  She also supports the transition of payments from cash to electronic as an advisor to the Better Than Cash Alliance.  Beth is on boards of the SMART Campaign, International... Read More →
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Satwik Seshasai

Chief Technology Officer, Segovia
Satwik is founding Chief Technology Officer of Segovia, where he has led development of a payment technology platform for NGOs to scale cash transfer programs globally in partnership with major donors (USAID, DFID, ECHO, BMGF) and every major mobile network operator in sub-Saharan Africa. He previously built and deployed technology systems in global enterprise and entrepreneurial environments at IBM and NextDocs, among others. He holds a PhD in... Read More →


Wednesday March 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
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