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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.

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.

Microfinance Market Outlook 2015

This report provides an in-depth outlook of microfinance markets for the next five years and reviews the development of these markets in the past five years.

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. 

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.

Insights on Payment Practices in Bangladesh: Cash and Mobile Finance Habits

This study, conducted by Dnet under a grant provided through USAID’s Mobile Solutions and Technical Assistance (mSTAR) project, captures how customer acquisition agents for Dnet’s Aponjon Program are using mobile phones. Aponjon is an mHealth initiative focused on maternal and child healthcare. Aponjon deploys agents across the country to increase subscriptions to the mobile phone service; agents receive an incentive payment based on the number of customer acquisitions they make.

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.

Training Manual for Using Mobile Money in Bangladesh

This training manual provides a detailed guide on how to use the mobile money products of Bangladesh’s two market leaders, bKash and DBBL. It provides a side by side comparison of the steps that users need to take in order to make transactions and perform other actions. This manual is written in Bangla.

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.

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.

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.