Impact and Measurement

It is important to understand how rural and agricultural finance contributes to poverty reduction and improved livelihoods for rural households.  This includes evaluating the evidence to date, but also designing and executing rigorous quantitative research, and gathering rich qualititative data, all to drive action to improve impact.

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Analysis: The seventh blog in the Pulse series unpacks what we know about farmer impact and identifies the knowledge gaps for improving our understanding moving forward.
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Analysis: On October 5, 2017 the RAF Learning Lab hosted a RAF Partner webinar to discuss and share learnings from our Annual Learning Review. View the deck below for more information.
Tool: On August 31 the Learning Lab team hosted a private webinar for partners where we shared rationale and approach to measuring customer satisfaction in the rural and agricultural finance industry. The presentation from this webinar, alongside a short summary of its learnings and the full webinar recording are now available for public viewing.
Report: The One Acre Fund 2015 Annual Report provides an overview of the organization's progress, forward-looking strategies, and new initiatives. Beginning with an opening letter from the Executive and Managing Directors, the report walks through One Acre's scaling progress and strategy, their impact for 2015, new country expansion opportunities, and stories from the farmers themselves.
Media: The RAF Learning Lab shares its first public webinar on client impact.
Report: The Lab’s first major report explores how financial solutions contribute to poverty reductions and improved livelihoods for smallholder and rural households.
Report: The Learning Lab and the Evans School Policy Analysis and Research Group (EPAR) present a new literature review of the impact of rural and agricultural finance products on smallholders in the African context.
Analysis: The Learning Lab presents an illustrated excerpt of its forthcoming study on the impact case for rural and agricultural finance.
Analysis: Andre Proctor, Keystone Accountability's Programme Services Director, describes Keystone's Feedback Commons and how its pilot program has impacted banana farmers in Kenya.
Analysis: Opportunity International's 2013 impact assessment of its agricultural lending program offers revealing findings on its model for serving smallholders and client impact.
Briefing note 3
Analysis: The third in the ISF briefing note series, this briefing note takes stock of the existing landscape of smallholder impact and risk measurement and devises tools and suggestions to align these efforts for greater future impact.

Impact and Measurement

It is important to understand how rural and agricultural finance contributes to poverty reduction and improved livelihoods for rural households.  This includes evaluating the evidence to date, but also designing and executing rigorous quantitative research, and gathering rich qualititative data, all to drive action to improve impact.