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Ripple, Gates Foundation team up for new payments platform

Tuesday 17 October 2017 11:50 CET | News

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has released Mojaloop a new open-source software for creating payment platforms that will help unbanked people access financial services.

The software is designed to provide a reference model for payment interoperability between banks and other providers across a country’s economy. It`s free-of-cost for software developers to adapt and banks, financial service providers and companies to implement.

Current data from the World Bank shows that nearly two billion people in developing economies lack bank accounts and miss out on the benefits and security that basic financial services provide. Digital financial services, such as mobile money on cell phones, have rapidly expanded over the last two decades because they are convenient for users and cost-effective for companies aiming to serve new markets. In Kenya, an estimated 194,000 households have moved out of extreme poverty due in part to their access to M-Pesa, a mobile money platform, and users’ ability to save money more effectively. Digital financial services are now available in nearly 100 countries according to GSMA, an organization representing mobile network operators. However, global expansion of these services has been hampered, in large part, by a lack of interoperability between digital financial services and payment platforms.

Mojaloop establishes a blueprint for connecting today’s financial services sector, and can be used as a solution to barriers that banks and providers seeking interoperability have traditionally faced. It was designed to serve ultimately as a model for national payment switching systems that, for example, enable an individual’s digital wallet to connect with her employer’s bank account and her children’s school account to complete monthly transactions. The code can also be applied to adapt and improve existing services.

Mojaloop was created in partnership with fintech developers Ripple, Dwolla, ModusBox, Crosslake Technologies and Software Group, using technology such as the Interledger Protocol, a solution for settling funds among multiple providers across their individual systems.

Developers can access the new software on GitHub.


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Keywords: Ripple, Gates Foundation, payments platform, unbanked, financial service providers
Categories: Banking & Fintech | E-invoicing, SCF & E-procurement
Countries: World
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