5 Reasons Bill Gates Hates Money, Especially in Developing Nations

Mark Horoszowski

Mark is the Co-founder of MovingWorlds.org, a global platform connecting people who want to volunteer their expertise with social impact organizations.

Three weeks ago at the World Economic Forum, representatives from the Better Than Cash Alliance spoke to the crowd in Davos. This organization, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, focuses on increasing the popularity and effectiveness of electronic payments, and eliminating cash.

Here are 5 reasons why electronic payments are better than cash:

1. Electronic Payments are More Transparent

According to the Businessweek article on the same topic, there is

“Less corruption and theft when payments can be easily tracked. In Afghanistan, U.S. aid agencies use it so workers aren’t so vulnerable to robbery.”

2. Electronic Payments are More Secure

Money goes where it is supposed to go, it can be tracked there, and it can get there on time without robbery on the way.

3. Electronic Payments Accelerate Financial Inclusion

According to the same Businessweek article,

“Electronic payment is a way for unbanked people to establish a record of on-time payment of their bills. This can be an “on-ramp” for them to get other services, such as loans.”

4.  Electronic Payments Can Save Money and Lower Costs

Moving money around is much cheaper as an electronic than as a physical product. However, many countries now only have access to cashless networks that charge high fees – this must change. The Gates Foundation Initiative “Financial Services for the Poor” and CGAP, along with many more, are working on this challenge. And here is a video from Opportunity International showing the increase of access to Financial Services in Africa

5. Access to New Markets

Along with access to capital and access to talent, access to new markets is a key driver of economic progress. Services that allow for electronic transfer of money allows for people to reach and extend into new markets, and allows new markets to reach them.

 

These 5 reasons originally appeared in the Businessweek article titled “Bill Gate Hates Cash. Here’s Why”

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