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“Financial inclusion means economic empowerment, particularly for women, rural communities, and the poor. Financial services offered through electronic means, like mobile phones, are key contributors to that vision.” Paul Folmsbee, U.S. Ambassador to Mali, shared this in Bamako this past October....
We recognize that greater participation by women in national economies can drive economic growth and stability, but how do we increase this participation? Digital financial services present an innovative way to improve women's economic participation. With digital infrastructure providing increased...
We recognize that greater participation by women in national economies can drive economic growth and stability, but how do we increase this participation? Digital financial services present an innovative way to improve women's economic participation. With digital infrastructure providing increased...
This report was prepared under the Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) Program. The mSTAR Program is a strategic invesment by USAID to advance mobile solutions and close the gaps that hold back access and uptake. mSTAR supports broad-based coordinated action by a range of...
The Cash Learning Partnership is a global partnership of more than 50 humanitarian actors engaged in policy, practice and research within cash transfer programming. CaLP provides capacity building, practical research, advocacy, and networking/coordination resources to support the appropriate and...
In November 2013, the Philippines was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. In response, Mercy Corps initiated programming aimed at speeding affected households’ economic recovery and promoting their resilience to future natural disasters. The interventions were designed with the assumption that access to...
The fourth Mobile Money Consultative Group (MMCG) meeting organized by USAID’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project was held on August 18, 2015 at FHI 360’s Bangladesh Country office. It was attended by 19 people, including representatives from 10 development...
The third Mobile Money Consultative Group (MMCG) meeting organized by USAID’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project implemented by FHI 360 was held on May 21, 2015 at the FHI 360 Bangladesh Country Office. A total of 14 development professionals from 9 development and...
The Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) database, launched by the World Bank in 2011, provides comparable indicators showing how people around the world save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. The 2014 edition of the database reveals that 62 percent of adults worldwide have an account...
This report covers the state of mobile financial services in Bangladesh, including an overview of the services available, relevant regulations, and the extent to which staff and beneficiaries from select USAID agriculture and health projects are using those services. Key findings include: Despite...