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The COVID-19 epidemic has created a serious negative impact not only on the health sector in the country but in all aspects of living. This post shares a rapid assessment report from SHOMOSHTI Project, CARE Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh, the mSTAR activity supported the acceleration and adoption of digital financial services (DFS), including mobile financial services (MFS) and agent banking, within the USAID Mission’s programs from 2013 through 2017. This infographic tells the story of mSTAR/Bangladesh’s journey and how it has helped enroll over 36,500 individuals—the majority of whom are women—into digital financial service accounts and helped USAID implementing partners (IPs) and their beneficiaries transact over $2.7 million digitally.
mSTAR/Bangladesh, working with the Agriculture Extension Support Activity (AESA) led by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), conducted pre- and post-assessments in Faridpur district to understand the impact that a micro-credit product (called A-Card) delivered to smallholder farmers through Bank Asia’s agent banking had on participating farmers, associated ag-input retailers, and other relevant stakeholders, as well as to understand what further action can be taken to improve uptake of these services.
The mSTAR/Bangladesh project, working with the Rice Value Chain (RVC) Project led by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), conducted pre- and post-assessments in Jessore and Satkhira to understand the benefits, challenges and overall experience of farmers who adopted an agri-credit product delivered via IFIC Mobile Banking. This product provided loans for agricultural inputs to smallholder farmers amounting to BDT 10,000 (US $125) with a six-month repayment period.
This two-page publication provides an overview of the mobile financial services offered by Mobility i Tap Pay (Bangladesh) Limited in partnership with Meghna Bank Limited, under the brand name Tap 'n Pay, in Bangladesh for corporate users. It includes steps for setting up a corporate account, details on pricing and transaction limits, coverage details, and contact information for their corporate sales. It is one of a series of Infosheets intended to help USAID implementing partners better understand the options that exist for mobile financial services in Bangladesh.
mSTAR's activity in Bangladesh ran from September 2013 until September 2017. Its primary objective was to assist USAID/Bangladesh to integrate digital payments in the programs and operations of implementing partners, as well as to support expansion of the digital payments industry in ways that are beneficial to USAID programs and USAID’s broader development objectives at an ecosystem level.
This guide seeks to outline the barriers women in Bangladesh face with accessing financial services, and offers a resource for NGOs who are looking to include digital financial services (DFS) in their programming and for DFS providers who are looking to understand the segment better. Through design, deployment and education, organizations can better address women’s perceptions of and challenges with using DFS.
Although Bangladesh is one of the world’s largest markets in terms of active mobile financial services (MFS) users (with more than 25 million active accounts as of April 2017), accessing those services is still a challenge for many Bangladeshis, particularly in rural areas. This infographic shows some of the many challenges that rural Bangladeshis face using MFS and some potential solutions.
CGAP conducted a survey of smallholder households in Bangladesh in 2016, which explored the agricultural and nonagricultural activities, financial practices and interests, and challenges and aspirations of smallholder families.
The 8th Mobile Money Consultative Group (MMCG) meeting was held on February 20, 2017 at the Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka, with a focus on “Moving towards more integrated digital financial services”. It was organized by USAID’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project hosted by City Bank. The meeting was attended by over 40 participants from 33 organizations. Refer to the Annexes for a full list of participants and the meeting agenda.
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.
The Agricultural Value Chains Insights: Opportunities in Bangladesh event was held on November 22, 2016 at the Amari Hotel in Dhaka. It was co-hosted by USAID’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project, implemented by FHI 360, and USAID’s Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) project, implemented by DAI. The event was attended by 50 participants from 30 organizations.
Kuber Chandra Bala is a fish farmer who had previously participated in trainings offered by USAID's Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) project. In 2014, AIN began paying training incentives to farmers like Bala via mobile money. Bala soon started using his MFS account to make purchases and top up his mobile airtime, saving him time and money. With the time saved, he was able to engage in other income-earning opportunities.
This is the tenth in a series created by mSTAR/Bangladesh to show the tangible benefits of digital financial services on people's lives.
This two page publication provides an overview of the mobile financial services offered by Southeast Bank Limited, under the brand name TeleCash, 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. It is one of a series of Infosheets intended to help USAID implementing partners better understand the options that exist for mobile financial services in Bangladesh.
This report contains observations and analysis regarding the financial/payments patterns, needs, and preferences of multiple agricultural value chain (AVC) actors, namely smallholder farmers (SHFs), backward market actors (e.g., input retailers), and forward market actors (e.g., collectors), in the FTF Zone of Influence in the southern region of 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.
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.
This report is based on an evaluation of the impact of SMC’s pilot transition to digital financial services (DFS) under a grant provided by FHI 360 through the USAID mSTAR project. The evaluation used a pseudo-random sample of respondents across SMC’s different beneficiary groups, and included an instrumental mix of qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry.
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.
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.
The fifth Mobile Money Consultative Group (MMCG) meeting organized by USAID’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project was held on February 18, 2016, at FHI 360’s Bangladesh Country office. It was attended by 18 people, including representatives from nine development organizations and four representatives from three mobile financial service providers: DBBL Mobile Banking, IFIC Mobile Banking and Trust Bank Mobile Money.
The primary goal of this assessment was to increase understanding of the structure of savings groups in Bangladesh, which are mainly represented by lower-income populations, as well as the financial behavior (both savings and expenses) of members of those savings groups, in order to identify opportunities that may exist for leveraging digital financial services. The assessment looked into the challenges facing different savings groups with regards to cash management, required level of effort to manage a savings group (cost and time), literacy, and exposure to financial services.