Karandaaz Digital

Realizing the Potential
of Digital Financial Services

Public Sector Engagements

Karandaaz works with public sector entities such as Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan, National Savings, National Bank etc. to develop national digital platforms.

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Digitalization of Secured Transactions Registry

Karandaaz is helping the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) digitalize its key operations. In the first phase of this process, a digital Secured Transactions Registry (STR), governed by The Financial Institutions (Secured Transactions) Act, 2016 has been launched. The STR is an electronic database in which financial institutions can record charges or security interests created by unincorporated entities or individuals on their movable assets. Movable assets include receivables, intellectual property, inventory, agricultural produce, petroleum or minerals, motor vehicles, etc. A digitalized STR will open up new avenues for small and medium enterprises and agriculture sector borrowers to secure credit from financial institutions while offering greater transparency and visibility around recorded charges or security interests to financial institutions.

Digitization of Payments at National Bank of Pakistan

Grant: USD 1.2 Million

National Bank of Pakistan collects and disburses around PKR 8 trillion per annum under its G2P and P2G portfolio. Due to the manual input and cash handling mechanisms, NBP incurs considerably large costs for these transactions which has implications for the national exchequer.
Karandaaz supported NBP to develop a comprehensive digital strategy to digitize these payment flows during the first phase of the project. In the second phase, Karandaaz assisted NBP to develop a platform based on an open API approach to host government transactions by giving open access to all the digital channels of NBP partner banks and telecom companies. As a result, a major chunk of G2P/P2G schemes have been integrated on the live platform. Its uptake in the coming years is expected to enhance efficiency for the convenience of the public in general, and NBP customers in particular and accelerate the adoption and usage of mobile wallets by citizens.

Promoting Financial Inclusion through Savings amongst Excluded Populations

Grant: USD 2.58 Million

The Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) is an attached department of the Finance Division, with a vision to “promote and inculcate the value of thrift for mobilization of savings” and a mission to “be the preferred Institution for small savers to facilitate the objective of financial inclusion”. Karandaaz has been engaged with CDNS to provide technical support to enable wider access to savings accounts through building alternate delivery channels focused on excluded populations, especially women and the unbanked. A project management office has been established at CDNS to support this digitization effort.

BISP Financial Literacy

Karandaaz is supporting BISP in the design and implementation of full mandate accounts as well as the provision of financial literacy to BISP beneficiaries. A banking consultant has been engaged to design the process for opening mobile wallets. The full-scale launch will be preceded by a pilot phase which will entail opening of wallets for 150,000 women. The beneficiaries will require information on how to use these mobile wallets, on the benefits of saving money in these wallets instead of cashing out, and on ways to avail other financial services. Thus, the design of a financial literacy program will be a key component of this endeavor.

PMN – Digital Services Platform

Grant:  PKR 293 million

Karandaaz is supporting Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) in the provisioning of a Loan Management System (LMS) to address the needs of Microfinance Providers (MFPs) and digitize the complete process from loan initiation to disbursement and payment. The project will also support in putting in place a shared middleware capable of real-time integration with the MFPs through a many-to-many model. The intervention will help set up a Hosted Hardware and Tier III Data Center and Disaster Site managed by PTCL to contribute to cost reduction of MFPs that currently run separate data centers. Furthermore, the project will help build capacity of MFPs in terms of using the services of the platform. The trainings for MFPs will be organized in collaboration with the technology partners. This would ensure that technological and operational changes are absorbed by the members smoothly and they are able to use the platform to their advantage.

Kissan E-Credit Scheme

Grant: USD 200,000

The Agricultural Department of the Government of Punjab plans to disburse PKR 70 billion in agriculture loans to 500,000 farmers over a period of five years by using digital mediums. This will allow the farming community to receive interest free loans via mobile wallets, ensuring end user convenience. Karandaaz provided technical assistance to the Agricultural Department to identify and ascertain the best technical partner to implement the project. With Karandaaz assistance, improvements to the service design have been implemented and the development of mobile apps designed especially for the farmers is in the final stages of completion. Karandaaz has extended its support to develop a strategy to institutionalize the Farmers’ Program within the Agricultural Department and is providing operational support to the Department in the interim.

Money Order Digitization

Grant: USD 90,000

Karandaaz provided technical assistance to Pakistan Post for digitizing its money order service. This will help Pakistan Post in building new business opportunities, improving service penetration and providing efficient, transparent and convenient services to its customers.

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