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FIELD Brief No. 19: Making the Case for Mobile Money: A Look at Social Cash Transfers for Development

August 2012 — Social cash transfers are direct and regular resource transfers to individuals or households. The goals of these transfers are to reduce vulnerability and increase consumption. This brief outlines different channels for cash transfers and the pros and cons of each. Organizations are moving away from manual cash transfers because of high operational costs and security costs to prevent theft or fraud. This brief highlights the many benefits of mobile money.

This brief is part of the FIELD-Support Knowledge Series. More information on the series can be found here: