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Haiti HIFIVE Program Video

For the past five years, the USAID-funded HIFIVE project has been working to transform the agricultural finance sector in Haiti and expand financial inclusion through the use of technology. A catalyst and a facilitator, HIFIVE has supported 65 credit unions, microfinance institutions, and commercial and development banks to develop sustainable financial products and solutions to meet the diverse needs of Haiti’s agricultural value chains, enterprises and people.

Mobile Money Training Flipcharts for Farmers

Written in Bangla, these Training Flipcharts provide an overview of the benefits and advantages of using mobile money. They were developed by USAID's AIN project to train farmers in the Khulna region. The technical content has been field-tested and was written for rural farmers who may not grasp complex terminology. For example, the text is brief and large to help trainees better remember the training content. The flipcharts also include diagrams that illustrate how to navigate bKash on mobile phones.

Essentials for Incorporating Mobile Payments into Projects & Programs: Workshop Report

USAID’s mSTAR project aims to increase operational efficiency and productivity across USAID Bangladesh’s agricultural and health portfolios through mobile and electronic payment adoption. Aligned with this objective, mSTAR Bangladesh facilitates quarterly and district-level technical workshops to increase awareness and competence of relevant USAID implementing partners (IPs) on the benefits of using mobile payments. This workshop focused on the process of how USAID Bangladesh IPs can easily adopt mobile payments in their project operations.

Insights on Payment Practices in Bangladesh: Cash and Mobile Finance Habits

This study, conducted by Dnet under a grant provided through USAID’s Mobile Solutions and Technical Assistance (mSTAR) project, captures how customer acquisition agents for Dnet’s Aponjon Program are using mobile phones. Aponjon is an mHealth initiative focused on maternal and child healthcare. Aponjon deploys agents across the country to increase subscriptions to the mobile phone service; agents receive an incentive payment based on the number of customer acquisitions they make.

mSTAR Quarterly Report | Q3 FY14

The five-year Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) award is a broad, flexible, and responsive program designed to foster the rapid adoption and scale-up of mobile money, mobile access, and mobile data in developing countries.

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.

Scaling Feed the Future Innovations Through Market Systems (Event Resources)

Richard Kohl is a scaling expert currently assisting USAID Bureaus and Missions in thinking about how to scale technologies and innovations within the context of Feed the Future. Dr. Kohl is roughly half-way through a dozen planned country visits to Missions with Feed the Future investments to provide recommendations on scaling innovations, be they technologies or business models. His approach views market systems as platforms for shifting from scaling, as defined by more time and resources, to a more sustainable, population-scale approach. Dr.

mSTAR Quarterly Report | Q2 FY14

The five-year Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) award is a broad, flexible, and responsive program designed to foster the rapid adoption and scale-up of mobile money, mobile access, and mobile data in developing countries.

Exploring Mobile Money Payments in Bangladesh: Workshop Report

mSTAR Bangladesh held its second quarterly workshop on March 12th focusing on mobile money opportunities, mobile money products, and understanding mobile money metrics. Special attention was paid to increasing the level of confidence and understanding required for acceptance of mobile money payment systems by USAID/Bangladesh Implementing Partners. The workshop attracted 27 participants representing 13 organizations, and included presentations from two mobile financial service providers.

Workshop on 'mSTAR Introduction to Mobile Money and Grants'

In November 2013, FHI 360's mSTAR project organized its first quarterly workshop in Bangladesh entitled "mSTAR INTRODUCTION TO MOBILE MONEY AND GRANTS." The workshop report provides information on the participants, schedule, activities, achievements, and other details.

What do Youth Savers Want?

Save the Children has partnered with a local bank in all four countries – Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Nepal – to co-create savings accounts for these low-income teens.

Tying Odysseus to the Mast: Evidence From a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines

Dr. Dean Karlan, Dr. Nava Ashrad, and Dr. Wesley Yin conducted an experiment in the Philippines, where they offered commitment savings products to a subset of 710 randomly selected clients of a Phillippine bank. Since after 12 months the average savings balances increased, this study demonstrated that commitment savings products can result in lasting change in savings beyond the initial, positive short-term response to the new product.