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mSTAR/Bangladesh: Technical Assistance to the USAID SAPLING project

This report outlines the technical assistance provided by mSTAR/Bangladesh to the USAID-funded Development Food Assistance Program, Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status Resilience and Gender Equity (SAPLING), implemented by Helen Keller International.

Workshop on Digital Payments for AIRN Members through Agent Banking

mSTAR/Bangladesh received a technical assistance request from the Agro-Inputs Retailers Network (AIRN), which is supported by USAID’s Agro-Inputs Project, in February 2017 to support them to explore DFS adoption among AIRN members. In connection with that request, mSTAR/B conducted two technical workshops for AIRN members in March 2017 about using agent banking for digital payments. Md. Ataur Rahman, mSTAR/B Team Lead, facilitated the workshop sessions.

Financial Inclusion Week 2016 Event Highlights

This document provides a recap of the “Increasing the Uptake of Formal Financial Services through a Client-Centric Approach” event hosted by mSTAR/Bangladesh on October 19, 2016 in Bangladesh as part of Financial Inclusion Week 2016. The event focused on a discussion of driving financial inclusion in Bangladesh through client-centered digital financial services and was attended by more than 35 individuals.

mSTAR/Bangladesh: Technical Assistance to IRRI Bangladesh

The Rice Value Chain (RVC) project is a 15-month pilot project run by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Bangladesh to support the private sector with the goal of improving the efficiency of the rice value chain. RVC is working through eight partners and the intervention areas are mostly in the south and southwest of Bangladesh.

mSTAR/Bangladesh: Technical Assistance to Save the Children

Save the Children requested technical assistance from mSTAR/Bangladesh to provide light-touch support to prepare their partners under the USAID-funded Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development (READ) project to be able to explore the potential of using mobile payments to pay volunteer honorariums. Their initial request was received in November 2015, and TA was conducted in February 2016. The time difference between receipt of the request and provision of TA was the result of coordinating schedules for a technical workshop. 

Digitizing Payments: From Theory to Practice

This workshop focused on the process of adopting mobile money by USAID IPs. Jeff deGraffenried, Activity Manager for mSTAR at USAID/Bangladesh, and M Ataur Rahman, mSTAR/Bangladesh Project Team Lead, gave an overview of mSTAR project and its key components. Jaheed Parvez, mSTAR/Bangladesh Technical Lead, then talked about the process of how MM can be incorporated in USAID projects and conducted a simulated group exercise for the participants.

Deep Dive into the Mobile Financial Services Offered in Bangladesh: Presentations by two leading providers | Workshop

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. 

Mobile Money in Action: Myths, Facts and Simulations | 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. 

The Future of Mobile Payments in USAID Health Projects and 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 training frontline manager on MM and its benefits, and on the role of the mSTAR project.

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.

Baseline Survey on the Status of Mobile Money Usage by USAID/B IPs

This report presents the key findings from the baseline survey undertaken by the USAID-funded Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project in order to assess the current state of mobile money (MM) usage by USAID/B Implementing Partners (IPs) in Bangladesh. The baseline survey was sent to 47 contacts at 43 USAID/B IPs that were implementing health (n = 31) and agriculture (n =12) projects from April to June 2014.

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.