What if aid money went directly to the people who need it?

Written on 01 June 2016

Challenges of our Era Forum

We want to rethink systems and technology so that money sent across borders effectively and transparently reaches those who need it most.

We are hosting a forum to envision scenarios that can improve and incentivise direct payments in the humanitarian sector. We are inviting those working in aid agencies, cryptocurrencies, aid policy and related fields. If you would like to attend, please register your interest with [email protected].


Wednesday 29 June 2016, 12-5pm


1 Plough place, London, EC4A 1DE


12.00 Open door for registration
12.30-2pm Welcome remarks, keynote speakers and working lunch
2-5pm Roundtable activities and open debate

Why cash transfers?

We are interested in technology and policy that promotes economic growth and has a positive social impact. We’ve looked at cash transfers and thought about how a challenge prize could help foster innovations in this area. Read our challenges brief and opportunities report for more.

We’ve also blogged about the issue:

Can cash transfers build a global welfare state?

Making the most of mobile money

Cash transfers: Mistakes v opportunities