In partnership with Banco Davivienda, Mastercard provided the city of Barranquilla with a comprehensive procurement card solution that helped the city streamline expense management, saving Barranquilla money and making it easier for suppliers.
The London Borough of Brent wanted to eliminate all cash payments to gain efficiencies. Mastercard enabled solutions that addressed acceptance, payroll and benefits disbursement. These solutions allowed the council to go completely cashless.
Through the use of the Mastercard acceptance network, we were able to expand the number of government collection locations to over 70,000 nationwide. This expansion provided efficiencies to the government and made it more convenient for the two million citizens who make direct payments to the Italian government.
Nearly 30% of social benefit and pension recipients did not have bank accounts, making it challenging for the Italian government to eliminate cash and check payments. We developed a card disbursement program that made it possible for 1.2 million recipients to securely receive these benefits.
The Nigerian government was faced with two challenges - the high use of cash and resulting shadow economy, as well as the need to establish a central citizen database. Mastercard delivered a national ID card system that provided both an identity solution and a payment capability.
In Russia, 40% of the population is eligible to receive different kinds of social benefits -- both financial and non-financial. Mastercard built a single payments toolkit which can be customized to each individual benefits program. This solution gave governmental departments the flexibility to tailor the solution to their unique needs and over 27 million cards have been distributed across all programs.
Mastercard and our partners, Net 1 and Grindrod Bank, were able to rapidly and significantly reform the distribution of social security benefits nationwide for SASSA. The government has gained over $700 million in savings while making it safer and easier for millions of recipients to receive their benefits.