Anik Muntasir Chowdhury

Anik Muntasir Chowdhury is a Consultant for Bangladesh in the Digital Financial Services - Payments and Distribution domain of MSC.

He has five years of work experience in economic & development policy research, financial inclusion, organizational strategy, market landscaping, and social research. He has worked in projects with ministries, government departments, think tanks, national and international NGOs, ready-made garment (RMG) industry, research organizations and development agencies such as the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, USAID, the MetLife Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE, and ActionAid in Bangladesh and India. His areas of expertise include program design, policy research, impact evaluation, research design, training of trainers, strategic decision making, market system development, and framework modeling.

Posts by Anik Muntasir Chowdhury

COVID-19 and FinTechs in Bangladesh—impact and resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic had a pronounced effect on FinTechs in Bangladesh. MSC sought to evaluate the extent of this impact, given our partnering role in the DFS and FinTech ecosystem in the country. MSC conducted this landscape study on FinTechs with support from Visa in 2021. This report defines the impact of COVID-19 on FinTechs and identifies the possible way forward.

Cool in crisis: How Bangladeshi MFIs stay resilient

Since its independence, Bangladesh’s resilience in the face of numerous calamities like floods, droughts, and famines has earned worldwide appreciation. This blog explores how the country’s microfinance industry stays resilient during crises and continues to protect the poor and vulnerable.

Bangladesh – the basket case that taught microfinance to the world

As Bangladesh celebrates 50 years of independence, we look back at one of its greatest gifts to the world—microfinance. This blog highlights the role of Bangladesh’s four pioneering institutions—Grameen Bank, BRAC, ASA, and BURO Bangladesh—in the origin of microfinance and its local popularization, global adaptation, business model optimization, and product innovation.