Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of — or poorly served by — the financial sector. For nearly 60 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 160 partners in 55 countries. More at http://www.accion.org.
The GLAS team is launching a project of digital empowerment in Central Asia, aiming to empower 400,000 micro and small enterprises (MSEs) across Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to adopt and use digital, business and financial solutions to increase their business returns and financial health. In the past decade, MSEs in Central Asia have been able to take advantage of new opportunities as economic reforms have progressed. But the growth of MSEs has been constrained by low levels of both digitalization and financial inclusion. The project aims to accelerate the digitalization and financial inclusion of MSEs in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. These two countries are important markets in Central Asia and will provide relevant lessons learned for other countries in the region.
Accion is looking for a consultant to conduct market mapping and landscape analysis to identify and prioritize digital business and financial solutions in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan that will improve MSEs’ efficiency, productivity and growth. Results from the mapping and analysis will inform the design of a digital platform and selection of potential business and financial solutions for the platform to help MSEs in these two markets to adopt and engage with digital tools.
Scope of Work
The consultant needs to demonstrate the following qualifications:
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of Accion’s GLAS team leader. The GLAS team will share the project background information with the consultant as appropriate and will also support mapping and research.
Consulting Duration: July - September, 2022.