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Potential Agents in Nepal
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In Nepal, numerous financial institutions in a variety of forms—such as banks, savings and credit co-operatives (SACCOs) and micro-finance institutions—are engaged in expanding access to finance for the Nepalese people. Despite these efforts, a significant proportion of the population lacks access to finance. This gap is mainly due to low population density in several regions, challenging terrain and topography and poor infrastructure (roads, connectivity, telecommunication and internet service), all of which make greater access to finance difficult to achieve.In the past, the Government and private sector institutions conducted several studies to assess the need for financial services among low-income households in Nepal. In the wake of these studies, the Government and Nepal Rastra Bank have been proactively focused on paving the way for the financial sector to provide universal access. The potential customers and the financial sector have been at the centre of the focus on financial inclusion, with significant research, discussion and debate on the issues faced by customers. However, due emphasis has not been placed on the agents, who are and would be the most important cogs in the emerging financial services machinery. Currently, the number of agents serving the unbanked population pales in comparison to similar figures in mature mobile money markets such as Kenya or Bangladesh. Until now, there has been no design to agent selection. Rather, it has basically occurred by default, based on an expansion strategy in which anyone interested was selected as an agent. This gap has resulted in a mismatch of agents’ expectations and the value propositions offered by banks, which could lead to the dissatisfaction of agents in the medium and long term. In the interests of branchless-banking stakeholders, UNCDF through its MM4P programme commissioned this research to identify potential agents, the segments in which they operate and their motivations to become mobile banking agents. The research was undertaken with two key objectives:(1)to identify which businesses are suitable to be branchless banking agencies (2)to suggest an appropriate value proposition for each suitable business identified.
Publisher:
MM4P/UNCDF ,   (2014 )
Type / Script:
Progress Report in English
Keywords:
VALUE CHAINS, FOCUSED GROUP DISCUSSION, GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHY, FINANCING, SOCIAL INCLUSION, DEVELOPMENT, ADVANCEMENT, INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS, REVOLVING FUNDS, CREDIT UNIONS, INTERMEDIARIES, FINANCIAL INCLUSION, RETAILER'S CAPABILITY, PERSONAL INTERVIEWS, FINANCES, FINANCIAL COOPERATIVES, BANKS, SAVING AND CREDIT COOPERATIVES, LOW POPULATION DENSITY, PRODUCT ATTRIBUTE RANKING, RELATIVE PREFERENCE RANKING, REMITTANCE AGENTS
Thematic Group:
 UNCDF : Capital Development
Thesaurus:
02.11.00  -  Banking And Investment
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