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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/Bangladesh: Technical Assistance to DAM Report

Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) requested technical assistance from mSTAR/Bangladesh to operationalize integrating mobile payments into their USAID-funded Agricultural Extension Support Activity (AESA) project. This report provides a summary of the challenges DAM has faced in transitioning to mobile money, the technical assistance provided by mSTAR/Bangladesh to overcome those challenges, initial outcomes and knowledge gained from the support provided, and planned follow up activities.

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.

mSTAR/Bangladesh: Technical Assistance to the Worldfish Center Report

The WorldFish Center requested help from mSTAR/Bangladesh to operationalize using mobile money with field-level staff on their Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) project. This report summarizes: i) challenges the WorldFish Center has faced in transitioning to mobile money; ii) the technical assistance provided by mSTAR/Bangladesh; iii) workshop activities and participant profiles; iv) initial outcomes; and v) planned follow up activities.

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.

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.

Social Networks and Insurance Take-Up: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in China

This Microinsurance Paper estimates the role of information in insurance take-up using data from a randomized experiment in rural China where information was either offered directly through financial education or accessed indirectly through social networks. Unlike previous studies, the experimental design allows to not only to identify the causal effect of social networks, but also to differentiate the various channels through which they operate, including the improvement of negotiating power, imitation, and social learning of insurance benefits.