Mobile payment and application systems for COVID-19 emergency cash transfers in Africa (One Pager)

To combat the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic for the most vulnerable people in society, at least 43 countries in sub-Saharan Africa adopted cash-based social assistance measures. In addition to reaching previously uncovered populations with cash transfers, various countries used digital tools for beneficiary registration and payments, in many cases for the first time. This One Pager provides a brief overview of the use of digital payment systems and mobile application platforms for emergency cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.