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Aadhaar verdict – SC strikes the right balance between delivery of benefits and privacy

The long debate on the constitutionality and purpose of Aadhaar may not end with the judgement of the Supreme Court but it will certainly become more specific and narrower. In a landmark judgment, the five-judge Supreme Court bench opined with a 4:1 majority that Aadhaar is legitimate and proportional. The judges observed that although Aadhaar… Continue reading

Lessons from the Digitisation of Government to Person (G2P) Programmes in India

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The Government of India spends about USD 71 billion every year on various G2P welfare programmes on food, fertiliser, fuel (liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and kerosene), health, pensions, rural employment etc.    Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in G2P programmes is a major reform initiative launched by the Government of India on 1st January, 2013. Its… Continue reading

The Potential for Technology-backed Remittance Solutions in Malaysia

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Borhan is a Bangladeshi migrant employed at a bottling plant in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur. He earns MYR 1,400 (~USD 334) each month. After covering his basic living expenses, Borhan is able to save MYR 750 (~USD 179) approximately. He remits this money to support his family back home in Dhaka. He uses informal… Continue reading

India Needs More Women Business Correspondent Agents

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The 2018 budget of the Government of India has taken a number of initiatives to empower women in the country. These include increased gas connections through subsidies to 80 million women under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (from the earlier 50 million) and a 37% increase in loans to women Self-Help Groups (SHGs).  These initiatives… Continue reading

Triple Burden of Malnutrition in India – Are We Doing Enough?

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India has been grappling with the problem of malnutrition for decades now. With its persistent and chronic nature, malnutrition affects a large proportion of the population in the country. The triple burden of malnutrition in the form of stunting and wasting, anaemia, and obesity are common across women, men, and children, but is especially prevalent… Continue reading

Myths Busted, New Evidence Generated: ANA India Wave II Study has a Lot to Tell – Stay Tuned

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As we gear up to unveil the second edition of MicroSave’s acclaimed Agent Network Accelerator (ANA) programme, here is a quick look into what ANA findings have in store for readers this year. The key themes of Wave II of ANA India include: prevalence of interoperability and its effects on agent viability; questions surrounding the… Continue reading

Third-Party Agent Network Managers: The Missing Element in Indonesia’s DFS Sector

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This blog is second in the series on the key findings and recommendations of the recently concluded Agent Network Accelerator (ANA) Indonesia survey. It elaborates on one of the key recommendations of the ANA survey which is to allow third parties to set up and manage agent networks. The first blog “A First Look at… Continue reading

Is India Ready to Phase-out Subsidised Kerosene?

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    Kerosene is a distillate petroleum product that serves as a primary source of fuel for lighting and also used to start the wood or cow dung-fired stoves used for cooking by poor and marginal households in India. Subsidised kerosene is distributed to eligible beneficiaries through a network of agent-appointed Fair Price Shops (FPSs).… Continue reading

State of Play – Insights on the Evolution of Pakistan’s Mobile Money Agent Network

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The success of a branchless banking network is entirely dependent on the ability of its agents to deliver high-quality services to the target market, that are in line with providers’ objectives. Three years ago, the Helix Institute of Digital Finance’s team first set off to study Pakistan’s agent network and inform on its efficiency, providing insights for improvement, as… Continue reading

The Unrealised Potential of Mobile Wallets in Pakistan

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Currently, Over the Counter (OTC) transactions in Pakistan account for just over half (52%) of Branchless Banking Transactions[1] by value and less (42%) by volume. The vibrancy of OTC transactions could provide a stepping stone to mobile wallets. This, in turn, would enable the deepening of the digital financial ecosystem through advanced service offerings for… Continue reading