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The U.S. Agency for International Development in Bangladesh (USAID/Bangladesh or the Mission) engaged Integra Government Services International (Integra) through the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project III (LEAP III), to conduct an assessment (the Assessment) and prepare a draft scope of work (SOW) for an upcoming five-year, $10-15 million activity under the Mission’s Feed the Future (FtF) program (the Activity). Through this new activity, the Mission will improve policy implementation in four key pillar areas: 1) seeds, 2) food safety, 3) social safety nets (SSN) and 4) nutrition.
A review of trends in modern contraceptive prevalence rates across low- and middle-income countries has led stakeholders to develop a normative S-shaped pattern for how family planning markets grow. In this model, low prevalence and little growth occur on one end, with high prevalence and low growth on the other, and a period of potentially rapid growth in between.
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 infographic outlines some of the key opportunities for introducing digital financial services in the agricultural mechanization service value chain in Bangladesh. It is based on findings from a more detailed assessment entitled Opportunities for Digital Financial Services for Agricultural Mechanization in Bangladesh: A Market Landscape Assessment.
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 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.
This report outlines technical assistance provided to Bank Asia Limited to support the expansion of their agent banking services into the agriculture sector, primarily with agro-input retailers and in the dairy value chain.
This report outlines support that mSTAR/Bangladesh provided to the Agro-Inputs Retailer Network on behalf of the USAID Agro-Inputs Project to help them to introduce digital financial services to their members.
The mSTAR/Bangladesh project, working with the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia - Mechanization and Irrigation (CSISA-MI) project, conducted an assessment in six districts of southwest Bangladesh to look at opportunities for digital financial services integration in agricultural mechanization services. This included an examination of potential financial products that could be proposed to financial institutions for creating opportunities for mechanization service providers and users to access financial support through digital channels.
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.
The 9th Mobile Money Consultative Group (MMCG) meeting was held on May 30, 2017 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka, with a focus on the “Role of the Regulators in Accelerating DFS Promotion”. It was organized by USAID’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project and hosted by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). The meeting was attended by over 30 participants from 23 organizations.
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.
Starting in February 2016, USAID’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) activity in Bangladesh began providing technical assistance to IFPRI to support their use of mobile money to disburse training allowances under the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Gender Linkages(ANGeL) pilot project, being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture. This infographic highlights some of the experiences of beneficiaries who received these payments.
This two-page publication provides an overview of the agent banking services offered by NRB Commercial Bank 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 digital financial services in Bangladesh.
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.
Sub-Assistant Agricultural Officer (SAAO) Milton Boiragi has been working with USAID’s Agriculture, Nutrition and Gender Linkages (ANGeL) project since 2016. In addition to being responsible for providing technical training to 25 farmer households on improving their agricultural productivity and promoting the consumption of nutrition fortified agricultural products, Milton also processes requests to disburse training allowances to those households. This story tells of his experience after the ANGeL project began making training allowances directly to households using mobile money.