Avi Hossain


Mohammad Nazmul Avi Hossain is a National Consultant for Bangladesh in Digital Financial Services domain of MSC. He has seven years of work experience in private sector development, enterprise development, skills development, economic and development policy research and financial inclusion. He has worked in projects with Ready Made Garment (RMG) industry, training service providers, microfinance institutions, fintechs, ministries, trade associations, central bank, international research institutes and development agencies such as EU, UkAid, USAID, UNDP, ILO and CARE in Bangladesh, India and Belgium. His areas of expertise includes market system development, policy research, impact evaluation, research design, program design, strategic decision making, financial market and evaluating trade policies and active labor market programs.

Posts by Avi Hossain

A boon for online commerce: How is COVID-19 transforming the industry in Bangladesh?

Though COVID-19 has been a catastrophe for most segments of the global economy, it has aided the growth in few sectors such as digital finance and digital commerce. This blog highlights the impact of the pandemic on e-commerce and f-commerce in Bangladesh and how the FinTech industry can utilize this opportunity.

A woman micro-merchant who went digital to build resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic

As part of the i3 Program in Bangladesh, we met Khushi, a micro-merchant in Khilgaon, Dhaka. Khushi’s story reflects the journey of more than 2 million micro-merchants who transitioned to a digital mode of payment and kept their businesses running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enabling the community to embrace digital payments as the new normal after the COVID-19 pandemic

Since the onset of the pandemic, the low- and moderate-income (LMI) segment had a direct impact on their day-to-day life. We reflect through Kabita, an LMI customer in Bangladesh, on the barriers LMIs faced during the pandemic and how DFS nudged them towards building resilience.