Ripple partners with Gates Foundation

Ripple announces its partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
17 October 2017   1962

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation releases new open-source software for the unbanked that utilizes technology developed by distributed ledger startup Ripple.

Thus, the new software, called Mojaloop, aims at providing an interoperability layer between financial institutions, payment providers and other firms that offer such services to the poor and unbanked. In its turn, Ripple's Interledger protocol, which is used to transact between different financial networks, is being used to help accomplish that goal.

Interoperability of digital payments has been the toughest hurdle for the financial services industry to overcome. With Mojaloop, our technology partners have finally achieved a solution that can apply to any service, and we invite banks and the payments industry to explore and test this tool. Just as the internet revolutionized digital communication, open-source solutions like Mojaloop can spark innovation and democratize access to digital payments, empowering billions of new customers and driving massive economic growth in developing markets.
 

Kosta Peric
Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, at the Gates Foundation

As reported, in addition to Ripple, other financial technology firms participate in the development of the software: Dwolla, ModusBox, Crosslake Technologies and Software Group.

As we modernize and develop national and cross-border payments infrastructure in Africa, the only way to sustainably reach and serve the world’s unbanked communities is through new technologies. Our aim as an organization is to offer national payments platforms for the next generation of financial innovators and Mojaloop gives us some tantalizing new options for doing that in a way that integrates with the entire national economy.
 

Chris Hamilton
CEO of BankservAfrica

According to the company, the developers can access the new software on GitHub, the world’s leading open-source development platform. The software includes four components: an interoperability layer, which connects bank accounts, mobile money wallets, and merchants in an open loop; a directory service layer, which navigates the different methods that providers use to identify accounts on each side of a transaction; a transactions settlement layer, which makes payments instant and irrevocable; and, components which protect against fraud.

The software is not to be owned or implemented by the Gates Foundation: it will be used in the foundation’s ongoing work to promote the development of pro-poor, digital payment platforms.

UAE to Launch Ripple's Based Payment System

The system is focused on Asian markets and, according to the head of UAE Exchange will be supported by “one or two banks” working with the RippleNet
14 December 2018   107

UAE Exchange payment company based in the United Arab Emirates creates a blockchain payment system along with Ripple, Reuters reports.

The system is focused on Asian markets and, according to the head of UAE Exchange Promot Manghat, will be supported by “one or two banks” working with the RippleNet payment network. Its launch is planned in the first quarter of next year.

It is worth noting that in the UAE there are many workers from other Asian countries.
More than a third of remittances from this country go to India, 8.8% to Pakistan and 6.9% to the Philippines. Thus, the payment corridor being developed may in the future take a significant share of the international transfer market.

Blockchain holds tremendous promise for the industry but there is progress to be made before we see it go fully mainstream. We expect to go live with Ripple by Q1, 2019 with one or two Asian banks. This is for remittances to start with, from across the globe into Asia.
 

Promoth Manghat
Executive director and chief executive, Finablr

According to the information on the UAE Exchange website, the service works with 140 banks and is represented in 31 countries.