Media: On February 28 and March 1 the RAF Learning Lab team – in collaboration with Dalberg – hosted a webinar summarizing insights from our second Learning Brief, Better together: Last mile partnerships for smallholder finance.
Analysis: The second in the Lab's Learning Brief series, "Better together: Last mile business partnerships for smallholder finance,"* offers baseline insights for building or enabling businesses partnerships to better serve smallholders. These are early findings from an ongoing study of four value chain/technology players looking to partner with financial institutions.
Analysis: Smallholder asset lender Juhudi Kilimo used a cloud-based management information system to improve its operational efficiency. Then it tested a new SMS reminder initiative, which proved promising in pilot but faced challenges during rollout. Elvin Walela tells this chapter in the story of Juhudi's digital journey.
Tool: Speaker presentations posted from the Learning Lab's October 2016 partner gathering where financial service providers and other practitioners shared experiences and research on digitally-enabled finance and customer centricity.
"The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity aims to improve the lives of 1,000,000 people living in poverty by enabling businesses to begin or expand financial services in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Through biannual competitions focused on scaling and innovation, the Fund for Rural Prosperity awards financial support to projects that are creative, impactful, and sustainable. The Fund seeks to create change at the farmer, institution, and sector level: - Farmer Level: Improve livelihoods and incomes of smallholder farmers by building their capabilities to access and use financial services - Institution Level: To enable financial services providers and agribusinesses to develop and expand access and partnerships for smallholder farmers - Sector Level: To promote systemic change in agricultural finance by attracting other influential actors and supporting innovation "