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Tracking the First- and Second-Order Impacts of COVID-19

In March 2021, the USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (USAID/PPL) COVID Analytics Team prepared "Tracking the First- and Second-Order Impacts of COVID-19," a concise landscape analysis examining the pandemic's impacts across USAID sectors and regions after one year.  The analysis explores six broad areas -- the health crisis, macroeconomic and mobility shocks, household-level impacts, shifts in democratic governance and civic engagement, national security, and climate change -- and leverages the best available data from USAID and external institutions to unders

Digital Financial Service Product Innovation #1 - Bank Asia

USAID’s Agricultural Extension Support Activity (AESA), implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) in partnership with CARE Bangladesh and mPower is piloting a new initiative entitled ‘Smallholders’ Access to Microfinance through Bank: A-card’ to provide smallholder farmers with agricultural lending. AESA is partnering with Bank Asia Limited and local microfinance institutions Society Development Committee (SDC), Grameen Jano Unnayan Sangstha (GJUS) and DAM Foundation for Economic Development (DFED) to test a micro-credit facility for farmers in Faridpur, Bhola, and Barguna districts.

Agent Banking Infosheet: Bank Asia Limited

This two-page publication provides an overview of the agent banking services offered by Bank Asia Limited in Bangladesh for corporate users. It includes steps for setting up a corporate account, details on pricing and transaction limits, brief examples of how other organizations are using their service, and contact information for their corporate sales.

Mobile Money Training Flipcharts for Farmers

Written in Bangla, these Training Flipcharts provide an overview of the benefits and advantages of using mobile money. They were developed by USAID's AIN project to train farmers in the Khulna region. The technical content has been field-tested and was written for rural farmers who may not grasp complex terminology. For example, the text is brief and large to help trainees better remember the training content. The flipcharts also include diagrams that illustrate how to navigate bKash on mobile phones.

Mobile Money Tipsheet: Potential Issues and Mitigation Approaches

USAID promotes increased access to and usage of mobile financial services in order to deepen financial inclusion, accelerate broad-based economic growth, and instill transparency into funding flows. These tipsheets are intended to assist USAID implementing partners in Bangladesh to more effectively make use of mobile financial services. 

Mobile Money Tipsheet: 5 Key Factors to Consider When Choosing an MFSP

USAID promotes increased access to and usage of mobile financial services in order to deepen financial inclusion, accelerate broad-based economic growth, and instill transparency into funding flows. These tipsheets are intended to assist USAID implementing partners in Bangladesh to more effectively make use of mobile financial services. 

FIELD Report No. 21: Understanding Systemic Change in the Vegetable Seed Market – A Qualitative Assessment

This report from the FIELD-Support LWA examines changes in the local market system resulting from the introduction of vegetable seed mini-packets in Bangladesh (facilitated through an Action for Enterprise program), and how those changes affected local farmers and their households. It first presents the findings of a market system assessment based on a review of secondary data and in-depth interviews (IDIs) with market actors.

Mobile Money Snapshot: Save the Children

USAID promotes increased access to and usage of mobile financial services in order to deepen financial inclusion, accelerate broad-based economic growth, and instill transparency into funding flows. mSTAR/Bangladesh produces these mobile money snapshots describe the experiences of USAID- and non-USAID-funded organizations that have begun to replace cash with digital payments so that others can apply their lessons learned to their own transition to digital payments.

Mobile Money Snapshot: Chars Livelihoods Program

USAID promotes increased access to and usage of mobile financial services in order to deepen financial inclusion, accelerate broad-based economic growth, and instill transparency into funding flows. mSTAR/Bangladesh produces these mobile money snapshots describe the experiences of USAID- and non-USAID-funded organizations that have begun to replace cash with digital payments so that others can apply their lessons learned to their own transition to digital payments.

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.

Mobile Money Snapshot: TB Care II

USAID promotes increased access to and usage of mobile financial services in order to deepen financial inclusion, accelerate broad-based economic growth, and instill transparency into funding flows. These mobile money snapshots describe the experiences of USAID- and non-USAID-funded organizations that have begun to replace cash with digital payments so that others can apply their lessons learned to their own transition to digital payments.

Mobile Money Snapshot: PROSHAR Cash for Work Program

USAID promotes increased access to and usage of mobile financial services in order to deepen financial inclusion, accelerate broad-based economic growth, and instill transparency into funding flows. These mobile money snapshots describe the experiences of USAID- and non-USAID-funded organizations that have begun to replace cash with digital payments so that others can apply their lessons learned to their own transition to digital payments.

Bangladesh Portfolio Assessment

The mobile banking market in Bangladesh has seen rapid growth in recent years. However, significant progress still needs to be made before Bangladesh’s poor can fully realize the benefits of mobile banking. One area that promises significant near term opportunities to serve the needs of these groups is in government-sponsored payments. By utilizing mobile money or e-payment mechanisms, inefficiencies associated with disbursements can be reduced.

LENS Factsheet

The USAID Jordan Local Enterprise Support activity (LENS) assists micro and small enterprises (MSEs) to grow their businesses and create job opportunities, while developing an inclusive enabling environment for Local Economic Development (LED) in selected municipalities.

USAID-Foras Snapshot: Using Insights from Social Media to Work Smarter

In today’s digitally-connected society, it is possible for companies, nongovernmental organizations and government agencies alike to use social media and website analytics to gain unprecedented insight on their clientele. The Iraq Opportunities Project (USAID-Foras) is using data gleaned from its own online presence to learn more about its beneficiaries and help them to better achieve their goals.

USAID-Foras Snapshot: Bringing Public and Private Together to Build the Iraqi Workforce

A key challenge identified by companies currently operating in Iraq is a lack of basic skills in the Iraqi workforce. The Iraq Opportunities Project (USAID-Foras) brought together members of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the USAID Mission to Iraq (USAID/Iraq), and training and Corporate-Social Responsibility (CSR) experts from Dana Gas, Crescent Petroleum, Skilliance, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Coca Cola, and Afren Energy at a roundtable in December 2013.

Exploring Mobile Money Payments in Bangladesh: Workshop Report

mSTAR Bangladesh held its second quarterly workshop on March 12th focusing on mobile money opportunities, mobile money products, and understanding mobile money metrics. Special attention was paid to increasing the level of confidence and understanding required for acceptance of mobile money payment systems by USAID/Bangladesh Implementing Partners. The workshop attracted 27 participants representing 13 organizations, and included presentations from two mobile financial service providers.

USAID-Foras Snapshot: Smashing a Social Media Milestone

In two months, the Iraq Opportunities Project (USAID-Foras) has garnered 100,000 “Likes” on its Facebook page. By Liking the page, Facebook users are effectively subscribing to job announcements, training videos, and similar content that show up in their news feeds when USAID-Foras posts content. This achievement allows USAID-Foras to build on a direct channel to a crucial demographic—young, tech-literate Iraqis.

USAID-Foras Snapshot: Helping US Investment Take Root in Northern Iraq

The Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) is open for business, and U.S. companies are ready to invest in Iraq’s economic growth. On December 4, 2013, the USAID-Foras Project hosted a private sector meet-and-greet for companies based in Erbil to come together and discuss future investment opportunities. The meeting gave private sector companies a chance to network and discuss specific challenges and opportunities they face related to workforce development. Several U.S.

mSTAR Digest | January 2014

This third edition of the mSTAR Digest contains updates to the mSTAR community on mSTAR project activities; partner news; and upcoming opportunities.