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Smart Usage of Mobile Money in Projects & Programs in Bangladesh: Workshop Report

mSTAR Bangladesh held its third quarterly workshop on June 12, 2014, focusing on the smart usage of mobile money and developing an enabling financial ecosystem. The workshop also discussed the future of mobile money in Bangladesh and the potentially huge impact it could have on increasing financial inclusion. The workshop was attended by 19 participants representing 9 organizations. See workshop report for full details.

Collaborating with Young People in Rural Mountain Areas: A Dynamic Reference Guide on Youth Employment

Collaborating with Young People in Rural Mountain Areas:  A Dynamic Reference Guide on Youth Employment is a guide authored by Erin Markel and Margie Brand and produced by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.  The document steers programme developers and practitioners through the daunting amount of youth employment literature from key references and credible sources. The guide focuses on presenting key lessons learned from youth employment programs in two sections: i) information-gathering techniques and ii) intervention areas.

Food Aid and Food Security in the Short and Long Run: Country Experience from Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

This document, produced under a primer series on social safety nets, assesses the role of food aid in improving food availability and food access. It is based on a synthesis of experiences in four countries:  India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Zambia. It concludes that food aid does not have to create negative impacts, particularly if it is tied to the development of infrastructure that supports production and market linkages, avoids creating negative price effects for food producers, and reaches the food insecure.