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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.

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.

Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis: The Market for Beans in Sud-Est Haiti

Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) is a rapid market analysis designed to be used in the short-term aftermath of a sudden-onset crisis. This report uses the EMMA tool to analyze the beans market system in the Sud-Est (Southeast) department of Haiti in March-April 2010, several months after the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The report examines constraints in the beans market system, the earthquake-related disruptions that persist, and provides short-term and long-term recommendations.

Handmade in Haiti: The Perspective of Global Buyers

Industry experts discuss where the market opportunities are for Haitian handicrafts, the realities of the supply chain, suggestions for product development and competitive strategies, and the importance of agents in distribution.

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.