Digital Finance Expert at the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Chrissy Martin works at the U.S. Global Development Lab, where she scales the use of digital financial services to increase household resilience, especially through improved agricultural incomes, access to energy, and effective delivery of humanitarian assistance. By bringing together key experts in financial inclusion and humanitarian assistance, she drove the development of the Barcelona Principles, which provide guidance to ensure that digital cash aid is leveraged as a powerful enabler for economic, social, and financial inclusion. Prior to joining USAID, Chrissy was a Consumer Experience Manager for Zoona, a social enterprise expanding mobile payments in Africa through a customer-centric business model. She began her career in fintech in Haiti, where she launched the first mobile money service in the country through the mobile network operator Digicel. Chrissy is a graduate of The Fletcher School at Tufts University and the University of Virginia.
Cash-based assistance is an increasingly significant part of emergency response, and can be quicker, more efficient, and more end-user friendly than traditional in-kind assistance. To get cash transfers to people affected by humanitarian emergencies more quickly and effectively, humanitarian actors need to work with and leverage the experiences of private sector partners, and in particular […]