The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC

Cashless cash: financial inclusion or surveillance humanitarianism?

Cash has been an exceptional vector of progress in humanitarian action, empowering people, protecting diginity, mitigating the negative secondary effects of in-kind assistance, improving accountability to affected populations, increasing participation in humanitarian and development responses, supporting local economies and, last but not least, boosting operational efficiency, which in turn saves some humanitarian cash. But what happens when cash goes digital, bringing with it the risks of exclusion, discrimination, or surveillance? This podcast opens an honest conversation as to whether and how humanitarians should continue using digital cash.