Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR)

The FHI 360 Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project is a broad, flexible and responsive technical assistance and research program that is fostering the rapid adoption and scale-up of digital finance, digital inclusion and mobile data in developing countries. Ultimately, mSTAR seeks to increase access to and use of mobile and digital technologies by low-income individuals, civil society, local government institutions and private-sector stakeholders.

Digital finance. mSTAR supports regulations and policies that will enable the safe but robust growth of digital financial systems and build critical market infrastructures.

Digital inclusion. mSTAR supports the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) goal of building partnerships to create enabling policies and regulations, develop new business models and provide relevant local content that makes mobile technology accessible to underserved populations.

Mobile data collection for learning and decision making. mSTAR facilitates the use of mobile data tools that empower decision makers to adapt their programs as necessary. Mobile tools can eliminate errors in collecting and transcribing paper forms and perform power analyses and visualization. Programs can see results in real time.

mSTAR will support USAID in identifying ways to fund innovative mobile data projects designed for scale, to change policy and contract language to incorporate mobile data solutions into programs, and to promote learning through mobile data among USAID staff and implementers.

The program currently is active in Bangladesh and Mozambique. In addition, the project is working with USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) to promote the appropriate and effective use of digital technologies in development.


  • Paper-to-Mobile Data Collection: A Manual
    March 2015 — This manual defines mobile data collection, evaluates its suitability and added value to development projects and gives guidance about how it can best be put to use. The publication is directed at U.S. Agency for...
  • Integrating Mobiles into Development Projects
    August 2014 — This handbook was prepared by FHI 360 and OpenRevolution for U.S. Agency for International Development staff and other development practitioners who are interested in using mobile technology effectively in their projects. The...
  • Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) Bangladesh Knowledge Products
    March 2014 — This series of knowledge products provides an overview of mobile financial services in Bangladesh. These tools are intended to help U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) implementing partners better understand the...
  • Bangladesh
  • Mozambique
Funder: USAID
Duration: 2012 - 2019