This study assesses the impact of COVID-19 on the demand for financial services through agents and agent operations. It seeks to understand the ability of cash-in cash-out (CICO) agents to support government assistance programs. The study further provides recommendations to support policy development and aid the recovery of CICO agents in Indonesia.
PMAY-G: Transforming the rural housing program in India (Part II)
More than 12 million houses have been constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G). This blog talks about the major challenges faced by supply and demand-side stakeholders of the program. It further discusses how the Government of India can address policy and operational-level challenges for the smooth functioning of PMAY-G.
PMAY-G: Transforming the rural housing program in India (Part I)
The Government of India has envisioned providing shelter to the homeless since the country gained independence. This blog talks about the evolution of various rural housing programs. It also highlights the improvements in housing provisions due to Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin, an initiative of the government to provide housing for the rural poor.
In-kind to cash transfers: The story of social welfare distribution in India
Our video highlights the importance of the JAM ecosystem to build effective digital cash transfer programs. It also suggests ways to optimize and convert the existing in-kind transfer programs to cash transfers.
Electronic Know Your Customer (e-KYC): Quick fixes for onboarding customers
This video reflects on the various challenges faced by traditional KYC systems and the benefits of digital eKYC systems over paper-based KYC. It also suggests ways to establish an effective eKYC system.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs): Senegal country report
Still reeling from the effects of the pandemic, MSMEs in Senegal need targeted support. This study highlights the impact of COVID-19 on MSMEs and their coping strategies. It further provides recommendations for policymakers and financial service providers to support them.