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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.

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.

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.

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.

HIFIVE Success Story: Leveraging ICT to Improve Access to Financial Services

USAID’s HIFIVE program, led by WOCCU and FHI 360, has partnered with caisse populaire SOCOLAVIM to support the credit union to tackle critical barriers to expanding access to finance in the Artibonite department of Haiti.  This success story explores how SOCOLAVIM with the support of HIFIVE was able to interconnect all of SOCOLAVIM’s branches by investing in information and communication technology (ICT).

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.

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.

Linking Small Producers with Export Firms: Market and Enterprise Development in Haiti's Central Plateau

Mangos are Haiti’s largest agricultural export, topping over $10 million in sales per year. Not surprisingly, exporters prefer to work with suppliers who can provide large volumes of mangos at consistent quality. This preference makes it difficult for small producers to participate in the lucrative mango export market. Individually, “very poor” producers in Haiti’s Central Plateau do not produce mangos at a large enough volume to supply exporters directly. Thus, market limitations have a prohibitive effect on the income of very poor producers.

FIELD Report No. 19: Assessment of Remittances in Honduras

Remittances provide a critical source of income for hundreds of thousands of Honduran households. Honduran migrants sent over $2.96 billion in remittances in 2012, accounting for 15.7 percent of the country’s GDP. This FIELD Report explores the role of remittances along Honduras’ Corredor Seco (“Dry Corridor”), a geographic region in Western and Southern Honduras stretching from Guatemala to Nicaragua along the El Salvador border.

Agro-Ecological Finance: A Win-Win for Thiotte, Haiti

The Cooperative of Planters of Coffee from the District of Belle-Anse-Thiotte (COOPCAB) in rural Haiti were able to improve their exports both in quantity and quality after receiving a loan that was made possible by a grant from the HIFIVE project to two local financial institutions. With support from these financial institutions, COOPCAB was able to dramatically increase exports and achieve positive results in international markets.  

Media Sustainability Index (MSI)

Funded by USAID and developed by IREX, the MSI measures five key indicators of media systems in twenty different countries and provinces in the E&E region.

Migrant Remittances Newsletter May 2011

This issue features an analysis of Cuba, Western Union’s thoughts on public-private partnerships, and new research on how skilled migrants promote home country development.