Does Facebook Need A Humanitarian Partner For Its New Digital Currency?
By Malaka Gharib
It’s not easy giving money to people in need.
In some countries, poor people may not have a bank account where a charity can transfer funds for financial aid. They may not have the ID — say, a birth certificate — required to cash a check at a bank.
And in an emergency situation — say, the aftermath of an earthquake — banks may not even be operating.
Could a single global digital currency — one that can be transferred through mobile phones — be a solution?
That’s the way that Libra will operate. It’s a new currency incubated at Facebook and announced in June. Libra, according to its website, wants to “reinvent” money by making a financial transaction as cheap and simple as “sending a text message or sharing a photo.”
Photo courtesy of Ken Teegardin.