SSN MFS report (Phase I): 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 payments under the social security net (SSN). This report provides insights into MSC’s evaluation of the pilot for 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.
The rise of digital payments and online shopping in Vietnam amid Covid-19 pandemic
Despite remarkable progress toward digital financial inclusion, cash still accounts for 90% of transactions in Vietnam. The onset of COVID-19 saw restricted mobility, concerns over cash exchange, and increased demand for online shopping, digital payments, and delivery services. This video shares a glimpse of this change.
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.
LMI client impressions from Bangladesh and Vietnam
Various socio-economic dimensions drive the financial needs, aspirations, and behaviors of low- and moderate-income (LMI) customers. Customers from Bangladesh and Vietnam, through these snippets, describe their challenges and how the i3 Program helped them overcome these challenges.
Enabling the community to overcome the pandemic through digital payments
During the pandemic, Duong Thi Thuy, a mobile money agent in the Quang Ninh province, improvised her business to help her community follow the guidelines on social distancing and government norms. This is her story about the adoption of DFS and how it changed her life.