Pathfinder International Selected as Visa Innovation Grant Recipient
Pathfinder International is proud to announce it is one of five recipients of a Visa Innovation Grant. Visa Inc. in partnership with NetHope today announced grants to development organizations that are helping modernize the disbursement of funds in the fields of microfinance, agriculture, health and emergency relief. Pathfinder will use the grant to introduce a mobile money-based payroll system for its community health workers in Kenya.
The pay-for-performance incentive model will be combined with access to real-time field data, improving transparency and the quality of services delivered. Pathfinder International is a nonprofit organization with a focus on access to contraception; maternal and newborn health; and HIV and AIDS services. The organization has implemented projects in more than 100 countries worldwide, and is recognized for its innovative and responsive approaches to meeting health needs at the community level.
“We are very excited about this new innovative project integrating mobile health tools and mobile money in Kenya. We are eager to see if this cutting edge combination of technologies has positive effects on financial inclusion and maternal health in Kenya,” said Marion McNabb, Pathfinder’s Senior Project Manager for mHealth.
Visa, the leading global payments technology company, is committed to expanding financial inclusion around the globe. Visa identified recipients and awarded the grants in partnership with NetHope, which fosters collaboration among leading international humanitarian organizations to address, create and implement scalable solutions to aid the developing world. An Expert Advisory Committee of distinguished public and private sector leaders assisted in reviewing the more than 30 grant applications submitted.
“We are pleased to recognize Pathfinder International as one of the recipients in the Visa Innovation Grants Program,” said Douglas Sabo (@DSabo), head of Corporate Responsibility at Visa Inc. “Around the world, development organizations like Pathfinder are delivering important programs that are tackling poverty and improving lives. We are proud to help Pathfinder be even more efficient and effective while increasing their long-term impact through a shift to electronic payments.”
The group of grantees also includes Agribusiness Systems International, Freedom From Hunger, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Mercy Corps.
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