Getting behind the corona statistics: How a small shopkeeper took on the pandemic
This blog has been written by Rahul Chatterjee, with additional material from Stuart Rutherford and Md Kalim Ullah of the Hrishipara Daily Diaries Project. Based on a case study, this blog analyzes how a small corner shop owner in Bangladesh managed to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also explores strategies to speed up recovery and bounce back from the pandemic’s effects.
Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs): Bangladesh report
The COVID-19 crisis has proven devastating for MSMEs in Bangladesh, which have seen their revenues reduce to almost half. Our report analyzes the pandemic’s economic consequences on MSMEs and highlights their coping strategies. It also provides policy recommendations to help them recover.
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.
Non-cash payment helps promote financial inclusion in Vietnam
Only 31% of all adults in Vietnam own a bank account, compared to 69% of adults in East Asia and the Pacific. This video reflects how mobile phones, internet users, and digital financial services (DFS) can increase access to basic banking services in Vietnam.
SSN MFS report (Phase II): Assessment of Social Safety Net disbursements, Bangladesh
The Aspire to Innovate (a2i) program in Bangladesh has been working with various government ministries and departments to digitize the social security net (SSN) payments. This report, based on the second phase of MSC’s evaluation, highlights the progress made in the digitization of SSN payments.
Impact of COVID-19 on banking agents in Bangladesh
On 11th March, 2020, WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Given the nature and extent of the outbreak, Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Bangladesh and MSC initiated a study to understand its impact on banking agents. Based on the study, this report provides recommendations to help build resilience to the pandemic.