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Mobile Payments for Training Allowances: One Project's Experience

Starting in February 2016, USAID’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) activity in Bangladesh began providing technical assistance to IFPRI to support their use of mobile money to disburse training allowances under the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Gender Linkages(ANGeL) pilot project, being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture. This infographic highlights some of the experiences of beneficiaries who received these payments.

Cultivating Women’s Empowerment

This publication presents a collection of case studies and personal anecdotes that illustrate how Feed the Future programs are creating opportunities for women’s empowerment in agriculture.

mSTAR/Bangladesh: Mobile Money Consultative Group Meeting Highlights February 2016

The fifth Mobile Money Consultative Group (MMCG) meeting organized by USAID’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project was held on February 18, 2016, at FHI 360’s Bangladesh Country office. It was attended by 18 people, including representatives from nine development organizations and four representatives from three mobile financial service providers: DBBL Mobile Banking, IFIC Mobile Banking and Trust Bank Mobile Money.

Mali is Poised to be a Leader for DFS in West Africa

“Financial inclusion means economic empowerment, particularly for women, rural communities, and the poor. Financial services offered through electronic means, like mobile phones, are key contributors to that vision.” Paul Folmsbee, U.S. Ambassador to Mali, shared this in Bamako this past October. He was speaking before a workshop of 144 people on digital financial services (DFS) organized by USAID.

ASPIRES South Africa RCT Factsheet

At the request of the Prevention and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Team of the Health Development Office of USAID South Africa, FHI 360’s Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation & Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project is carrying out a 4-year, $10 million program to improve the long-term economic security and HIV prevention knowledge and skills of at-risk youth in South Africa.

ASPIRES South Africa Factsheet

The Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation & Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project, funded by USAID/PEPFAR and managed by FHI 360, supports gender-sensitive programming, research, and learning to improve the economic security of highly vulnerable individuals, families, and children. We offer research and technical assistance activities for economic strengthening programs around the world, including a major technical assistance program to support youth resilience to the effects of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Avoiding Theft in Urban Slums: Khadija's Story

Adopting mobile money does not only bring benefits to development organizations, but it can also bring about dramatic change in the personal and professional lives of staff and beneficiaries. This MM Experience tells the story of Khadija, a health agent with Dnet's MAMA Initiative, who is now more empowered and in control of her money as a result of Dnet's transition to paying her with mobile money. This is the fourth in a series created by mSTAR/Bangladesh to show the tangible benefits of mobile money on people's lives.

LEO Learning Day: Year 2

The 2015 LEO Learning Event brought together the leaders of LEO’s various research strands to take stock of what has been learned to date under LEO.

mSTAR: Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research Activity Profile - Bangladesh

The USAID/Bangladesh mSTAR activity supports the acceleration and adoption of mobile money and electronic payments (e-payments) within the USAID Mission’s programs, with a specific emphasis on health and agriculture. Implementation of this activity began in September 2013 and ran until September 2017. Technical resources and reports produced by the mSTAR Bangladesh team are listed below. If you would like to stay up to date on new publications and other news, sign up for the monthly mSTAR Bangladesh Newsflash.

Savings Groups at the Frontier

Savings Groups reach those rarely served by mainstream financial institutions. Today there are SGs in 60 countries with more than 6 million members. Savings Groups at the Frontier explores the issues that will shape the future of Savings Groups.