2018

> The State of the World's Cash Report: Cash Transfer Programming in Humanitarian Aid

In recent years, the use of cash transfer programming (CTP) in humanitarian assistance has grown significantly. In 2016, we estimate that $2.8bn in humanitarian assistance was disbursed through cash and vouchers, up 40% from 2015 and approximately 100% from 2014. As this report describes, the move to CTP has strong roots and is set to continue.

01 February 2018


2017

> iMlango wins “Best e-learning platform” award at the Digital Inclusion Awards

We are delighted to share with you that iMlango was announced as the winner of the "Best e-learning platform" award at the Digital Inclusion Awards in Nairobi last week.

18 December 2017

> sQuid showcases innovative digital account technology at World Bank Annual Meetings

We were honoured to participate at the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. yesterday, where we had the opportunity to present our digital account technology at the Bridging the Inclusion and Technology Divide Fair.

13 October 2017

> Cashless payments for school meals available across Swansea

Online payments for school meals are being rolled out to primary schools in Swansea in the new term. Swansea Council is covering the cost of introducing the new online system provided by sQuid that allows parents or guardians to pay electronically for school meals and other school items.

29 August 2017


> sQuid attends CaLP’s Global Cash Forum, Geneva 28-29 June

sQuid recently attended The Cash Learning Partnership’s (CaLP) Global Cash Forum which brought together the world's leading stakeholders working on cash transfer programming in humanitarian response, including governments, the UN, NGOs and the private sector.

29 June 2017

> Save the Children partners with sQuid to deliver aid programme in drought-affected Somalia

Save the Children, the international humanitarian agency, has partnered with sQuid, the digital transaction solutions provider, to deliver much-needed aid to families displaced by drought and conflict in north-east Somalia.

9 June 2017

> Nearly 700,000 people have fled drought and hunger in Somalia

As the UN doubles the funding target needed to deliver its Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia this year, new figures show that nearly 700,000 people have been displaced by hunger in the country, which is facing the most catastrophic drought since 1950.

11 May 2017


> UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson meets the sQuid Kenya team during visit to East Africa

As part of his three day tour of east Africa, the UK's Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, attended a Technology and Innovation event, held at the High Commissioner's residence in Nairobi.

17 March 2017

> Celebrating International School Meals Day

Today we’re celebrating international school meals day to raise awareness of good nutrition for all children, regardless of their circumstances.

9 March 2017

> What happens when aid is given as direct cash transfers?

What is the best way of ensuring aid money is used effectively and efficiently? In Kenya, charities are experimenting with direct cash transfers, allowing individual recipients to spend the money on whatever they like.

1 March 2017


> Briefing on Cash Transfers for the International Development Committee, submitted by members of the Cash Learning partnership (CaLP)

The Independent Commission on Aid Impact recently concluded that cash-based programming delivers strong development results and represents excellent value for money for the UK taxpayer.

2 February 2017

> The effects of DFID’s cash transfer programmes on poverty and vulnerability

UK aid is succeeding in alleviating extreme poverty through its support for cash transfer programmes.

ICAI examined how well the Department for International Development (DFID) used cash transfer programmes to reduce poverty and vulnerability. The review found that the transfers...

12 January 2017

> sQuid’s response to the recent criticism of cash transfer programming

There was well publicised criticism in the media last week targeting cash transfers and their effectiveness to deliver well needed aid to the world’s poorest.

9 January 2017

2016

> sQuid's iMlango programme featured on Ireland's RTÉ News

sQuid's pioneering iMlango programme has gained more press coverage this week after appearing on Ireland's RTÉ News channel and online.

4 November 2016

> sQuid attends Digitech event on Technology and Innovation as part of Secretary of State for International Development’s trip to Kenya

We were honoured to be invited to the Digitech event on Technology and Innovation on Sunday 23 October at the British High Commissioner’s Residence, Kenya, which was attended by the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for International Development.

23 October 2016

> sQuid exhibit at LACA 2016

Last week, sQuid exhibited at the annual LACA The Main Event at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. The 3-day event, held between Wednesday 6 July and Friday 8 July, was an ideal opportunity to meet Local Authority Catering Managers and Catering Providers who are looking to implement an online payment system in their schools.

13 July 2016


> sQuid's iMlango programme featured on BBC News

The UK's Department for International Development has announced £100m of funding to help 175,000 of the world's poorest girls get an education. The push will include smartcards that monitor attendance and offer incentives for families to send their daughters to school.

07 July 2016

> 'Chaos' surrounding school payment systems

There’s been a good deal of negative comment and press in recent weeks concerning the performance of some payment service providers who offer online services for schools to enable parents to pay for school meals and other activities. Poor service levels have resulted in money not being available for children at school, and additional administration by schools in managing the return of funds.

01 July 2016

> Reflections on the World Humanitarian Summit

After two days in Istanbul listening to government undertakings and speaking with many humanitarian actors, alongside some 5,000 other participants - I have been reflecting on the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS).

26 May 2016


> sQuid at the World Humanitarian Summit

Today, sQuid CEO, Adam Smith, attended the opening seminar at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. The Stepping Up in Crises: Finance Delivery and Innovation in Education event was held in a private forum by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and organised by the Global Business Coalition for Education.

23 May 2016

> A Paradigm Shift in Humanitarian Payments

The call is out, loud and clear, for the Humanitarian Sector to embrace Cash, as the way ahead for effective programming. You are probably reading this because you already know about this call.

23 May 2016

> iMlango wins Dóchas “Innovative Programme of the Year” Award

sQuid’s partner, Camara Education, who made the application on behalf of the consortium were excited and honoured as the iMlango programme was announced as the winner of the Dóchas “Innovative Programme of the Year” Award in Dublin, on Friday 6 May.

11 May 2016


2015

> sQuid to be accepted on four additional transit operators in Norfolk

sQuid, the digital transaction solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it is to be accepted as a payment option on four additional bus operators, as part of an expansion to Norfolk County Council’s Holdall smartcard scheme.

02 December 2015

> sQuid to attend LACA North West Catering Expo

sQuid will be exhibiting at this year’s LACA North West Catering Expo, which is taking place on Tuesday 10 November at the DW Stadium in Wigan.

9 November 2015

> iMlango delivers world's first online children's encyclopaedia to Kenyan students

sQuid, the digital transaction solutions provider, is delighted to announce its iMlango education service in Kenya has partnered with Q-Files, the world’s first online children’s encyclopaedia, as part of its programme to evolve the education experience for primary school children.

30 October 2015


> iMlango Connecting Students in Rural Kenya

Bringing ICT into rural Kenyan classrooms has been challenging. Shipping and installing equipment has been time consuming. Reaching remote schools during the rains has been difficult. Project staff even had to work out how to stop ants moving into a server at one point. But the Girls’ Education Challenge iMlango project has successfully managed to put in place the three Cs of Connectivity, Content and Capacity.

06 August 2015

> Why FinTech is the key to a much-needed makeover in African aid

Aid in Africa is big business, but one that is often mired in scepticism. Global companies pour money in through corporate responsibility programmes, alongside government aid, which can be accused of supporting private sector ambitions...

11 February 2015



2014

> Gobal Humanitarian Agency concludes that sQuid is the fastest and most reliable cash transfer method in an emergency setting

Mercy Corps, a leading global humanitarian agency, has released key findings of a new and unique study which concludes that e-vouchers were the fastest and most reliable method to deliver cash assistance in an emergency setting studied in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

10 December 2014

> Removing Corruption in Aid Programmes

Last week saw the International Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) publish a detailed report on how The Department for International Development (DFID) were failing in their attempts at combating petty bribery and corruption in the countries where they deliver aid programmes.

04 November 2014

> UK 'must do more' to tackle aid corruption - BBC News

The UK government is not doing enough to tackle "petty corruption" in countries to which it gives aid, a report by a scrutiny body says.

31 October 2014


> sQuid attends the USAID Mobiles for Education Alliance Symposium in Washington D.C.

The 2014 Mobiles for Education Alliance Symposium took place October 22-24, bringing together a distinguished group of presenters and participants from around the world.

24 October 2014

> sQuid CEO, Adam Smith, speaks about Technology for Disaster relief on the BBC Business Daily programme

sQuid's Adam Smith was interviewed by Jamie Robertson on the BBC World Service Business Daily programme (from 11 minutes onwards).

15 October 2014

> The University of East Anglia Partners with sQuid to Launch ePayments on Campus

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has partnered with sQuid, the electronic payments network, to launch the very latest in contactless payment technology on campus.

08 October 2014


> UK Tech Company Delivers eLearning to Kenya's Marginalised Girls

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has announced a ground-breaking strategic partnership with the private sector to deliver e-learning programmes in Kenya to thousands of marginalised girls.

18 July 2014

> Mercy Corps and sQuid launch smartcard aid payments programme in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mercy Corps, the leading global humanitarian agency, is using contactless smartcard and payments technology to launch a new aid programme in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

15 May 2014


2013

> Groupcall launch Messenger v5 with sQuid ePayments inside

Groupcall, the award-winning school-to-parent communication system, and sQuid, the electronic payments network, have joined forces to create a new integrated service for online payments and parental messaging.

17 October 2013

> sQuid Launches Nationwide Cash Top-Up with PayPoint

sQuid, the fastest growing ePayment platform in the UK education sector has teamed up with PayPoint to expand its account top-up capabilities.

03 October 2013

Coffee chains, internet companies and entrepreneurs are posing a new challenge to UK high street banks as they sign up in increasing numbers to provide internet and telephone payments.

14 April 2013