Articles by Moin Qazi
India’s Self-Help Groups Need Help: How to Strengthen a Proven Model to Support Women’s Recovery From the COVID-19 Crisis
Women’s empowerment is a growing focus in the development sector, but COVID-19 is putting the hard-won progress women have made in recent years at risk. Moin Qazi highlights one way to support women in emerging countries: the self-help group model. He discusses how these groups operate in India, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they could be leveraged to address the current crisis.
The Front Lines of the Digital Revolution: Reasons for Hope and Caution as India Rides the Fintech Boom
India is now the world's second biggest fintech hub, trailing only the U.S. Its digital payments market is set to grow to US $500 billion by 2020, with its overall digital economy predicted to reach 30% of the country’s GDP by 2025. According to Moin Qazi, this ongoing fintech revolution offers a preview of what global banking may look like a generation from now, delivering vast benefits to both providers and customers. But it isn't free of downsides – for both traditional financial institutions losing their market share to tech-based entrants, and for customers navigating new risks.
India’s Business Correspondent Model is Revolutionary – and It’s Failing: Here’s How to Turn Things Around
For years, India's banking system struggled to reach poor, rural populations. But the global revolution in digital payments has created new opportunities to connect these households with formal finance. One such approach – the business correspondent model – has shown promise, bringing a network of tech-enabled banking agents into underserved communities. But as Moin Qazi explains, the model is facing challenges that are undermining its considerable potential. He explores some key solutions for changing this dynamic.