Navigating the new normal: Can behavioral sciences help?
This note focuses on the situation of COVID-19 in India and the government’s communication efforts during the pandemic. Based on MSC’s research with low- and middle-income households, it highlights how these efforts can be strengthened through the adoption of a Social Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) campaign.
A paper on enhancing access to markets for Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs)
Though FPOs can enhance access to markets for farmers and reduce inefficiencies in agricultural value chains, most struggle to gain better market access and lack adequate opportunities. This report, based on stakeholder consultations Samunnati and MSC conducted with experts in the agriculture sector, provides recommendations to address these challenges.
Necessity is the mother of disruption: How Indonesia’s Fintech Startups can survive the do-or-die situation of COVID-19
This blog discusses the impact of COVID-19 on FinTechs in Indonesia. It also highlights the coping strategies of start-up FinTechs and provides recommendations for the stakeholders, government, and policymakers to help them survive and catalyze their growth.
MSC has developed a series of conversational comic books for microfinance institutions to create awareness, influence precautionary behavior, and drive safety of the weak and the vulnerable during COVID-19. These comics have been customized for different geographies. You can access the country specific versions below.
Micro and small enterprises: Will the pandemic put an end to their business?
This blog looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on micro and small enterprises (MSEs) across low- and middle-income countries, which are particularly vulnerable to shocks. Our research insights will help policymakers and financial institutions support the recovery and rebuilding of the MSME sector in the wake of the disease.