Art Appraisal Blog

Category - South Asia

09/10/2021
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

Social Assistance and Information in the Initial Phase of the COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons from a Household Survey in India

The COVID-19 lockdown provides a test of whether these investments in digital infrastructure would pay off and help the government deliver relief quickly, efficiently and equitably.

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01/11/2021
Awareness, Communication, and Outreach Working Group

Will the Pandemic Exacerbate or Mitigate the Digital Gender Gap?

COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on women must be urgently addressed through the provision of digital financial literacy and access.

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01/6/2021
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

The elusive riddle of successful communication in welfare delivery programs

Despite efforts from governments across the globe, the poor lack awareness of social protection and welfare delivery programs. This blog explores the intricacies of government communication using case studies. It also discusses mastering the elements of planning, research, content, and outreach channels to develop an ideal communication strategy.

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01/6/2021
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

Addressing the weak link in COVID-19 relief: how improving strategic communications can boost the impact of social protection programs

Nations worldwide have responded to COVID-19 through 1,100 social protection programs to help 1.8 billion-plus people. Yet recipients are largely in the dark about the programs and do not know how to access funds. This blog examines the importance of better communication around social protection programs, particularly for the vulnerable population.

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01/6/2021
Blog Posts

Enabling the community to embrace digital payments as the new normal after the COVID-19 pandemic

Since the onset of the pandemic, the low- and moderate-income (LMI) segment had a direct impact on their day-to-day life. We reflect through Kabita, an LMI customer in Bangladesh, on the barriers LMIs faced during the pandemic and how DFS nudged them towards building resilience.

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01/6/2021
COVID-19

Coping with COVID-19 in Bangladesh

The report discusses what the LMI segments know, understand, and feel about the COVID-19 outbreak and examines its effect on them. The report also highlights actionable recommendations for policymakers to design suitable interventions that can help the LMI segment cope better in this difficult situation

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01/6/2021
Agent Network, Incentives, and Liquidity

Coping measures for “measurement” in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 has seen governments across the globe walk a tightrope as they scramble to contain the spread of the disease while keeping the economy stable. In this unprecedented situation, ground-level data for evidence-based decision-making assumes critical significance. This blog looks at five key lessons from MSC’s research on COVID-19.

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01/6/2021
Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding

One Nation One Ration Card – The Road Ahead

The blog highlights the road ahead for the Indian government’s new program—One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC). The objective of the program is to build upon the digitization of the Public Distribution System (PDS) for foodgrains with a focus on beneficiary-centric reforms.

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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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