Signature Projects

Advisory on cooking gas subsidy in India and redistribution of savings to the low-income segment

MSC designed processes to route the subsidy for LPG (cooking gas) that the government in India provides to eligible beneficiaries. Once the LPG subsidy rolled out, MSC helped the government to improve the execution and communication of the program. The government redistributed the savings from this program to low-income households under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) initiative. After PMUY launched, MSC helped the government to assess the implementation, with an impact on nearly 50 million rural and urban households.

Digitization of UNHCR Zambia cash-based interventions in Meheba Refugee Settlement, Zambia

UNHCR Zambia had been providing cash assistance to refugees in the Meheba Refugee settlement camp. MSC was engaged to design and test the digitization of cash payments under a project that designed and implemented the digitization of UNHCR’s cash-based interventions (CBI) in the camp. At the time of writing, UNHCR would be replicating lessons from the project in other sites.

A study on the impact of Bhamashah (household-level identity system) on digital governance reforms in Rajasthan, India

MSC collaborated with The Center for Global Development to study the perception of households on the impact of the Bhamashah program on digital governance reforms in the state of Rajasthan. The study sought to identify the main changes in the processes that have increased administrative efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery mechanisms, and the changes in perception that the reforms have had on a household’s access to services and their governance. MSC identified best practices that can be replicated in India and across the world and provided recommendations to improve the implementation further.

Strengthening and digitization of in-kind delivery of food subsidy program in India

In India, the largest food security program in the world covers about 850 million people. MSC worked with the Indian Government to assess pilot-tests of approaches to convert the existing food subsidies into Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). MSC also helped the government to assess the readiness to conduct cash transfer pilot pilots at four places across India, and subsequently helped evaluate the implementation of these pilots to improve processes and gauge perception of beneficiaries.

Refugee payments study, Uganda

MSC has conducted secondary research on refugee initiatives in a number of countries. In Uganda, we supplemented this with primary research for Airtel Uganda and DanChurch Aid (DCA), which examined the role of super-agents and mobile money agents, as well as the opportunities and challenges of using mobile money to make payments to refugees in the country. MSC’s engagements obtained insights on how these organizations dealt with, among others, issues such as identity, SIM card ownership, digital payments, and liquidity management.

Digital and financial literacy for refugees and host communities in Tanzania

Alongside Arifu and Fundación Capital, MSC received a contract from UNCDF to develop and pilot-test financial literacy programs for refugees in the oldest refugee camp in Tanzania, Nyarugusu. UNCDF piloted a program on refugee financial inclusion, within which MSC developed and tested digital and financial literacy programs for refugees. The program is slated for scale-up between 2018 and 2019, within which over 30,000 refugees and hosts would access the content to enhance their financial capabilities.