India: Impact of COVID-19 on Business Correspondents
This report highlights the impact of COVID-19 on business correspondent (BC) agents in India and the issues they faced while delivering financial services in the wake of the pandemic. It also offers policy recommendations to help BCs offer uninterrupted services.
Budget 2020: How FM Nirmala Sitharaman’s dictum ‘Nari tu Narayani’ can actually work
This note examines the impact of initiatives targeted towards women empowerment, in light of the budgetary allocations of the Government of India. It also highlights the challenges for women to access these benefits and the factors that must be considered to make a program successful and more gender-centric.
Direct Benefit Transfer in Fertilizer: Fourth round of concurrent evaluation—A nationally representative study
NITI Aayog engaged MSC in a nationally representative study on DBT in fertilizer. This report provides details of the on-the-ground realities of DBT-F implementation and makes actionable recommendations to improve the DBT-F system further.
Experimenting with cash transfers in food subsidies – Lessons from the pilot in Nagri
This case study discusses a unique experiment of distributing food subsidy in the Nagri block of Ranchi district. The document discusses the learnings and insights from the pilot that governments can use to inform future experimentation in food subsidy delivery.
Financial inclusion in India received a huge boost, thanks to the PMJDY program, Aadhaar, and the expansion of mobile connectivity throughout the country; but the real catalyst is the country’s digital benefits transfer program.
Dr. Pawan Bakhshi of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Shri Rajiv Srivastava of UP Mandi Parishad speak on MSC and its role in financial inclusion in the context of digital governance for beneficiaries in the country.