Strengthening Digital Financial Inclusion in Government-to-Person Payments to Women: Lessons for Emerging Economies

Sunaina Kumar (Observer Research Foundation (ORF))
This Policy Brief was first published in https://t20ind.org


For over a decade, India’s digital public infrastructure (DPI) has been harnessed for cash transfers to citizens through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) programme. The DBT programme has grown exponentially since the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent studies show that in India and the developing world, government-to-person (G2P) transfers have become a significant factor in women’s adoption of financial services. Women’s decision-making powers within their homes improve due to digital G2P payments, which also has a positive impact on their employment, health, and education. But women continue to face barriers in digital access and usage, along with adverse norms, which impacts their digital financial inclusion. Aligning with G20 priorities of financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment, this policy brief reviews the use of digital technology in G2P payments to women in India, analyse thegaps,anddrawlessonsforemerging economies. It offers recommendations to the G20 to strengthen digital G2P payment programmes.


Sunaina Kumar (Observer Research Foundation (ORF))

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