Arshi Aadil

Senior Manager

Arshi is a Senior Manager in the Government and Social Impact—Digital Financial Services domain of MSC India. She is a development consultant with over four years of experience in the field.

Arshi is a Senior Manager in the Government and Social Impact—Digital Financial Services domain of MSC India. She is a development consultant with over four years of experience gained through projects with state governments, central government, think tanks, academic institutions, MFIs, and donors in the development sector of India. Arshi has implemented projects in product development, market research, behavioral economics, risk management and digital financial services. Her work involves improving public policy choices through evidence based, bottom up, and human centered approach. She specializes in G2P programs and payment systems, microfinance, digital financial services, livelihood, process mapping and re-engineering, pilot planning and roll-out support, policy analysis, and financial and rural sector development.

Posts by Arshi Aadil

G2P Next in India: Choice, resilience and inclusivity

Our policy brief draws on global trends to understand how G2P programs can evolve to address India’s challenges. We look at how expanding beneficiary choice and inclusion while building resilience in social protection programs can increase the impact of G2P programs.

The role of mobile money providers and their agents in protecting customers’ data

This Slide Deck is a supplement to the Blog “How Are Mobile Money Agents Protecting Customers’ Data in Uganda?” (December 2022).

How are Mobile Money Agents Protecting Customers’ Data in Uganda?

The blog presents findings from a research study commissioned by CGAP in partnership with MicroSave Consulting (MSC). The research intends to identify good practices of responsible agents in safeguarding their customers’ data. It also sheds light on the role of providers in promoting these practices in Uganda. The study also examines how Uganda’s Data Privacy & Protection Act has helped strengthen providers’ data protection practices.

Women at the heart of G2P initiatives: The Primary Education Stipends Program in Bangladesh

MSC and the Center for Global Development (CGD) assessed Bangladesh’s Primary Education Stipends Program (PESP), a gender-centric cash transfer program to improve primary school attendance rates. Over the years, benefit delivery of PESP evolved from cash disbursement to digital stipend transfers. Key evidence from our assessment shows women prefer digital transfers to cash-in-hand. Our blog shares evidence from the study using the “Design, Direct, and Digitize” (D3) framework to make a case for women beneficiaries as better contenders for G2P programs. Our blog looks beyond the impact of PESP on program outcomes—and highlights the socioeconomic implications of mobile money on women and the role PESP plays in gender equity and inclusion.

Do conditional cash transfers improve education outcomes? Insights from the PESP program in Bangladesh

In 2001, Bangladesh launched a Primary Education Stipend Program (PESP) that provides a conditional cash transfer (CCT) to beneficiary mothers. The cash transfer depends on the student maintaining a specific attendance rate and grades at the school. MSC conducted a mixed-method research to ascertain the PESP program’s effectiveness in achieving its objectives. We examined if CCTs can help attain better educational outcomes in terms of increased attendance and grades with lower dropout rates. It simultaneously examines similar studies undertaken elsewhere to support the hypothesis.

The Ujjwala scheme needs a budget push

The PMUY scheme has delivered on its promise by providing more than 80 million connections since its launch. However, the scheme needs a budgetary push to expand LPG usage amongst the targeted customers. In collaboration with the State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM), MSC conducted a pilot with self-help groups (SHGs) in Madhya Pradesh. The pilot suggests that credit facility to avail loans for LPG canisters and higher subsidies to Ujjwala customers will go a long way to enhance LPG usage.

A framework to design user centric social protection programs

MSC has devised a framework that stakeholders can use to design and evaluate social protection programs through a user centric-lens. The framework facilitates a comparison of different DBT programs while offering a standard through which lessons, innovations, and best practices can be explored by policy makers and program implementers.

Beyond the barriers of affordability: An analysis of India’s cooking fuel support program under the COVID-19 assistance package

India responded to the COVID-19 crisis by announcing several relief measures under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY). As part of PMGKY, 80 million poor women enrolled under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), received cash transfers in their bank accounts to purchase liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). This paper assess the program’s efficacy and the experience of beneficiaries in receiving advance transfers into their bank accounts and purchasing LPG refills during and after the lockdown.