International Aid Agencies Quickly Distribute Payments In-Field for Victims with Unparalleled Tracking and Reporting
When disaster strikes and donations flood in, how do you quickly and safely distribute and track relief funds? Traditionally, aid initiatives have focused primarily on goods and service support. However, with successful cashless payment distribution programs following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, and Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, new and secure relief payment programs have been increasingly favoured by aid agencies.
For Disaster Relief –
Big and Small
2017 Fort McMurray Fires
Prepaid Cards issued: 10,000
Funds loaded: $6MM Cards
Disbursed: 2 days
2010 Toronto Community Housing Fires
Prepaid Cards issued: 350
Funds loaded: $100,000
Disbursed: 2 days
A History of Success with Proven Emergency Payments
Berkeley is the international leader in cashless disaster relief payment programs and has managed and issued hundreds of millions of dollars in disbursements around the world.
For over 7 years Berkeley has provided field-issued payment cards to global humanitarian organizations, aid agencies, and governments to provide cashless relief payments and reporting solutions for refugee, disaster, and disbursement needs.
Our relief payment programs support ongoing efforts by aid agencies including the 2016 and 2017 Fort McMurray wildfires and Quebec floods. These programs have received widespread positive support in favour of the pragmatic and emotional benefits of payment solutions.
Whether you need to make 100 payments or
1 million payments, we can help
Berkeley is an excellent solution provider. They were very helpful and accommodated all of our payment needs.
We needed a partner who could help us design a program to meet the needs of a diverse, informed, and critical membership. Berkeley is a great partner and we’re proud of our prepaid Member Rewards Card program.
I'm familiar with many prepaid solution providers, and Berkeley is excellent. They're keen, enthusiastic, and the most innovative player in the marketplace.
The province’s emergency cards promote dignity and choice by allowing beneficiaries to determine their own needs, help stimulate local economies where emergency goods and services are already available, and support Canada’s pre-existing social safety net system.
Empower Victims with Choice and Flexibility
Field-issued prepaid cards have proven to be flexible and reliable tools that directly benefit aid recipients in need of fast relief. As a supplement to goods and services like food, shelter, registrations, and family reunification, they fill a major requirement for urgent basic financial needs.
For those whose lives are uprooted by natural disasters, the initial evacuation is just the beginning of what can turn into a drawn-out ordeal. Jobs must be put on hold, cars need to be gassed up, hotels need to be found and booked, food needs to be purchased – all of which can take a financial toll on individuals and families.
With field issued payment cards, these basic financial needs can be met, even if victims have lost all of their personal belongings. Plus, disaster relief payments directly support local economies with victims choosing for themselves where and when to use their funds in a way that best suits their particular needs.
Want more details? Read about our disaster relief and emergency payment solutions.
Payment programs are valued by aid agencies because they can be configured to suit specific reporting and compliance needs of the organization, and customized to address different types of disaster scenarios.
Berkeley’s payment platform provides multiple levels of control for aid organizations, allowing administrators to directly manage payment card inventories and funding levels, track allocations and activations, and tailor program parameters to meet the specific needs of aid recipients in real-time and in the field.
For example, prepaid Visa or Mastercards cards can be restricted for use, meaning transactions only work at certain pre-approved geographic locations, pre-approved merchant locations, or even specific POS terminals.
To further meet security and privacy requirements, prepaid cards can be configured with multiple activation methods, meaning they can only be activated and used if certain conditions have been met. For example, card activation can be done in-field by an agent who then hands the ready-to-use card to the recipient, or cards can be handed over in a disabled state, requiring the recipient to activate it themselves.
Plus, unlike cash, cheque, or electronic payments, unused funds on prepaid payment cards can be returned to aid organizations, increasing the utility of each donated dollar. Further limits can be placed on a wide variety of card functionality, from maximum funding loads, to total transaction amounts, to ATM or online accessibility.
A large American state government disburses prepaid Visa cards at 300 clinics to incent better health choices and reduce overall healthcare spend.
To change the way you deploy aid payments today, consider the following steps:
Read more about our Disaster Relief and Emergency Payments Solution
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