03 Jun 2019
Learning Lab, ISF Advisors
MCF Huxta

In a series of blogs, ISF Advisors and the RAF Learning Lab will introduce major concepts and frameworks that will anchor our upcoming State of the Sector report for rural finance. Building on the “industry model” developed in our 2016 Inflection Point report, these frameworks aim to bring further clarity and insight to the three layers of the market: Rural clients[1], financial service providers, and the capital markets. We hope that by sharing early versions of this thinking we can stimulate debate and discussion across the sector about what is needed to continue to enhance access to rural, agricultural financial services.

In this first blog, we discuss the importance of shifting away from a static view of smallholder household segments and present a new dynamic model of ‘transition pathways’ that articulates how smallholder households and rural agri- small and medium enterprises (SMEs) tend to develop over time.

[1] Rural clients include smallholder households and rural, agricultural service enterprises.

28 May 2019
Learning Lab, Fund for Rural Prosperity

A new blog series, jointly authored by the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) and Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab (the Lab). 20/20 will share learnings and insights from the FRP portfolio of challenge fund winners. FRP supports businesses that are developing new products, services, or processes that can increase access to finance for rural people in sub-Saharan Africa. The first blog in the series explores lessons from Empresa de Comercialização Agricola’s (ECA) FRP-funded initiative in Mozambique.

28 May 2019

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) is an independent think tank whose mission is to empower poor people through financial inclusion solutions. CGAP works to develop financial systems that help people rise out of poverty, sustain their gains, and advance broader global development goals.

In their new paper, “Fintechs and Financial Inclusion: Looking past the hype and exploring their potential,” CGAP references their work with 18 fintech pilots in Africa and South Asia to better understand innovations in fintech and the financial inclusion opportunities they present.

This paper offers key insights for funders seeking to better understand the potential impact of fintechs in the financial inclusion space.

Read the full CGAP report here.

Learn more about the 18 fintech pilots by reading their case studies here. ...