Pakistan’s microfinance sector faces a crisis unlike anything it has experienced before. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens 7.3 million low-income Pakistani households that rely on microfinance institutions for access to capital and other financial services.
How has Colombia provided digital financial transfers to nearly 3 million households severely affected by the pandemic?
What steps has the government taken to reach over 1 million households, who are first-time users of mobile money?
In this webinar, the participants will:
The pandemic has raised the profile of digital financial services, which have enabled amazingly rapid distribution of social support funds and may provide a path forward for delivering financial services safely and at scale. But there are important questions left to consider about the roll-out and ultimate impact of DFS:
1) How to onboard those who aren't digital, especially the illiterate and innumerate, when in-person training isn't possible?
2) How to ensure that agents are protected and provided with the necessary resources?
It is well documented that the COVID-19 crisis is putting pressure on the financial assets of farmers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and other actors in agricultural value chains across the world. The pressing need for working capital and trade finance that many agri-SMEs need to keep afloat is increasingly being discussed.
The COVID-19 crisis has triggered an economic fallout that will drive millions into poverty and worsen inequality. Amid the mounting human and economic toll, South Asian countries have ramped action to curb the health emergency, protect their people, and set the stage for recovery.
These online forums will allow you to meet other business operators ‘virtually’ for expert-moderated interactive online discussions. Here you can raise questions on issues you might be facing and as a global community we will mobilise our collective experience and expertise to listen and try to provide practical assistance.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has distressed economic activity in the physical world, e-commerce has endured and continues to play a critical role in reducing the detrimental effects of COVID-19 and building economic resilience.
More broadly, e-commerce retains the potential to improve economic efficiency, create jobs, narrow development gaps, and increase socio-economic inclusiveness. This includes enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to reach global markets and compete on an international scale.
It will be a one-hour programme with two 15 minutes of presentation interspersed with 15 minutes of Q&A sessions.
Please find a brief note on the SHG programme here.
The role and applicability of Digital Payments Systems in mitigating COVID-19 related disruptions in Agribusiness value chains: examples from Ethiopia and Kenya.
The Coronavirus pandemic is having significant disruptive and negative structural and economic impact on countries around the world. This discussion will focus on the different ways key actors can push and promote digital, contactless payments and remote banking and the impact it can have on the agriculture sector.