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Category - South Asia

10/23/2020
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

Digital Cash Transfers for Stranded Migrants: Lessons from Bihar’s COVID-19 Assistance Program

This note describes how the Indian state of Bihar addressed the policy challenges to implement a cash transfer program for migrants and the lessons it holds for India and globally.

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07/16/2020
Blog Posts

Responses to the financial impacts of COVID-19 through social cash transfers and digital payment infrastructure

The financial impact of COVID-19 has been hitting the poor. Governments are adjusting cash transfer programs and utilizing national payment systems to mitigate these negative impacts. This blog reviews responses from Latin America, Asia and Sub Saharan Africa where governments with limited resources are coming up with innovative solutions to the crisis.

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06/30/2020
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

Women’s Access to Cash Transfers in Light of COVID-19: The Case of Pakistan

Around the world, cash transfer programs are being implemented by governments in response to COVID-19. Pakistan introduced the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program, which requires mobile phones and national IDs to register. Using data from the 2018 Financial Inclusion Insights survey, we estimate large gender gaps in mobile phone ownership and national ID possession, leaving women are at risk of being disproportionately excluded from the program. To address this, the government should ensure women are more purposefully targeted, perhaps by reserving more slots for women or prioritizing women's registrations.

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06/15/2020
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

A New Generation of Government-to-Person Payments Is Emerging

Advances in payment infrastructure are enabling governments to channel payments through multiple providers, giving people greater choice over how to receive payments. This is an important shift with implications for financial services providers, recipients of government payments and financial inclusion.

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06/3/2020
Agent Network, Incentives, and Liquidity

Harnessing Digital Technology and Payments to Support People and Small Businesses through COVID-19 and Beyond

This event will highlight the opportunities and challenges of using COVID-19 financial transfers to individuals and MSMEs to build better digital payments infrastructure

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06/3/2020
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

Niti Aayog and MicroSave will conduct Inspiration, Insights & Learning (I2L) International Webinar on June 5 at 7 PM IST

NITI Aayog and MSC will host a webinar on 5th June, 2020 at 7 p.m. IST/1:30 p.m. GMT to explore the lessons from India’s experience with digital G2P payments, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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05/27/2020
Blog Posts

How India Is Securing Its G2P Beneficiaries from COVID-19

In the first blog from our new series on lessons from India for the world, we will look at the basic components of the digitized G2P ecosystem that enabled India to support beneficiaries even when the whole country was under lockdown. We will follow this with detailed modules on each component.

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05/27/2020
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

Digital Governance: Ideas and Lessons from India

As part of its program to facilitate exposure visits to India for governments across the globe, MSC has documented India's journey towards financial inclusion and digital governance.

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05/27/2020
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

Agent Module

As part of its program to facilitate exposure visits to India for governments across the globe, MSC has documented India's journey towards financial inclusion and digital governance. The first four modules of this series were Aadhaar, PMJDY, Digital Governance, and PFMS. The fifth and last module is Agent Networks.

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05/27/2020
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

PFMS

As part of its program to facilitate exposure visits to India for governments across the globe, MSC has documented India's journey towards financial inclusion and digital governance. The first three modules of this series were Aadhaar, PMJDY, and Digital Governance. The fourth module of this series is on Public Financial Management System (PFMS).

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