Choice of Channel: Understanding how LMI women select a channel to conduct financial transactions
Individuals choose a channel for financial transactions based on several factors beyond just the economic cost involved. The DEBIT framework is a tool that identifies these factors and helps compute comparative scores for each channel. Comparing DEBIT scores helps us understand which channel someone chooses and why.
The resilience of bank agents in Bangladesh through the COVID-19 pandemic
Many banking agents struggled to stay afloat when the Bangladesh authority announced lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic period. However, they fought against all the odds and continued serving their communities, often by borrowing money from friends and family when banking branches were closed.
How have nano and micro-entrepreneurs transformed during and after the most extensive lockdown in Vietnam?
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many MSMEs struggling with a shortage of working capital. Besides, restricted mobility due to the lockdowns suspended public transport, affecting logistics and input supplies and finished goods. The video reflects how digital channels enabled microenterprises in Vietnam to survive and even thrive during the pandemic.
Credit for low- and moderate-income people in Bangladesh—can new-age banks and FinTechs deliver the regulator’s wish?
The waves of digitization and technological advancements have led to the opening of MFS accounts for 60% of the population in Bangladesh. The country now boasts more than 1.1 million agents. Despite the widespread use of MFS and internet access, only 9.1% of people access the formal credit system. Digital credit can be a stepping-stone in Bangladesh due to the lower cost of delivering credit through digital means, combined with the mass digital readiness of consumers. Several solutions have emerged from banks, NBFIs, FinTechs, MFSPs, MFIs, and development partners, such as City Bank’s “Nano Loan” product pilot to Prime Bank’s loan product for blue-collar workers. Together, stakeholders are trying to forge partnerships to address problems around access to credit and social development in Bangladesh.