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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.

Digital Financial Services for Agriculture: Opportunities in Bangladesh

This infographic outlines some of the key opportunities for introducing digital financial services to agricultural value chain actors in Bangladesh. It is based on findings from a more detailed assessment entitled Integrating Digital Financial Services into Agricultural Value Chains: A Bangladesh Market Landscape Assessment. 

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.

Mobile Financial Services Comparison Chart (Bangladesh)

As of February 2016, there were a total of 18 mobile financial services (MFS) providers operational in Bangladesh. Between them, there are more than 33.98 million registered accounts, with over 41% active accounts transacting an average of BDT 5.52 billion (~ US$70 million) each day through the mobile channel. With mobile financial services (aka mobile money) increasingly becoming a viable transaction channel for USAID implementing partners and their stakeholders, this document provides a comparison of pricing, services, and coverage of nine of the leading MFS providers.

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. 

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.

The Firm to Farm Finance Toolkit

The Firm to Farm Finance (F2FF) toolkit aims to codify and use the learning of iDE-Bangladesh’s successful rural business credit (RBC) pilot experience to inform the research and development of innovative and promising access to finance solutions for low-income households and communities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mentoring and Belonging

"Mentoring and Belonging" was presented under the Gender track at the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Abigail Kaindu and Catherine Boyce from Camfed share how mentoring and coaching enhances young people’s economic participation.

Market Systems Innovations – From the Field

DFID has been one of the leading agencies in Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), a market systems approach that works with the private sector to catalyze changes in markets that benefit the poor. DFID’s flagship M4P project in Kenya is the Market Assistance Programme (MAP), managed by Mike Field, a recognized leader in value chain and M4P approaches. Field and his team are exploring innovative, scalable solutions in cross-cutting systems and specific value chains.