January 10, 2013

Cell Phones Deliver Social Assistance Funds Effectively

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The Benazir Income Support Program, supported by the World Bank, provides financial assistance to Pakistanís poorest families.

About 138,000 recipients are being given free cell phones so they can be notified when their funds are available at their bank. The phones are provided through a partnership with a cell phone company.

The payments and phones are an effort to improve household welfare, encourage female empowerment, promote financial literacy, and discourage fraud.

Read read full report by The World Bank.

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