FIELD Brief 6: Mobile Money in the West Bank & Gaza

  • Date Posted: June 2, 2010
  • Authors: Dirk Bruynse, Jeremiah Grossman
  • Organizations/Projects: IRIS
  • Document Types: Assessment
  • Donor Type: U.S. Agency for International Development

This brief summarizes the findings of FIELD Report No 6: Mobile Money in West Bank & Gaza, a study conducted in August 2008 to assess the feasibility of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) to expand access to financial services in Palestine. In particular, the study examined the use of mobile phones and Point of Sale (POS) devices to facilitate electronic financial transactions outside of traditional brick-and-mortar branches. The goal of the study was to determine whether such “branchless banking” delivery mechanisms could be used to overcome restrictions on movement and increase access to finance in Palestine. This brief provides readers with an introduction to the findings and recommendations laid out in the full report.

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