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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.

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.

Promoting Financial Inclusion: Branchless Banking in Colombia (Presentation)

This presentation discusses an innovative approach that was implemented in Colombia, with help from USAID and the Government of Colombia, in order to safely promote financial inclusion in Colombia while engaging the country’s private sector. Banca de Oportunidades was initially state-financed in order to get funding to rural under-served communities. Currently, Banca de Oportunidades promotes market-based expansion of financial services, often through branchless banking.

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.