Financial services advisory

Technical assistance for financial institutions (aka financial services advisory) supports financial service providers such as microfinance institutions, banks, and social lenders to design, introduce, and expand specific agricultural lending products.   The Initiative for Smallholder Finance’s analysis of the agricultural technical assistance market identified a handful of supply side technical assistance providers and a market for services worth an estimated $25-35 million, very small relative to the potential need for such support.

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MCF Huxta
Analysis: 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, 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.
The MasterCard Foundation_Kampala
Analysis: Key insights from ECLOF-Kenya CEO, Mary Munyiri, on her experience aligning smart business practices with social impact goals.
Huxta
Analysis: The eleventh blog in the Pulse series aims to outline key insights from a recent ISF survey on the growing ecosystem of Business Development Services (BDS) to help financial service providers (FSPs) better reach smallholders.
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The changes involved when a financial institution ‘goes digital’ touches all levels of...

IDH Trade
Analysis: Part 10 of the Pulse highlights a guest blog by IDH and the Lab, focusing on our research on sustainable business models.
Farmland aerial
Report: A new landscape report by ISF Advisors, with support from the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, highlights the current status and future development of agricultural insurance for smallholder farmers. Based on interviews with more than forty-five key agricultural insurance stakeholders, our research paints a picture of an industry that shows great potential but struggles to achieve the necessary scale and product-level refinements.
Analysis: The Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program, a five year initiative of ICCO Cooperation and in partnership with The Mastercard Foundation, aims to transform the lives of 210,000 farmers, 50% of them are women, in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Senegal and will have an overall impact in the lives of over 1 million people.
Tool: Download the materials below, including presentation slides, the webinar recording, to learn how organizations such as AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are integrating both business and social goals to empower women in smallholder finance.
ICCO Corporation
Analysis: The Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program, a five year initiative of ICCO Cooperation and in partnership with The Mastercard Foundation, aims to transform the lives of 210,000 farmers, 50% of them are women, in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Senegal and will have an overall impact in the lives of over 1 million people.
What's your impact?
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.
BTCA
Report: This October 2017 Better Than Cash Alliance report examines how shifting to digital payments can provide powerful solutions to help countries improve agricultural productivity and ensure food security, bringing higher incomes and greater financial inclusion.
Huxta
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.

Financial services advisory

Technical assistance for financial institutions (aka financial services advisory) supports financial service providers such as microfinance institutions, banks, and social lenders to design, introduce, and expand specific agricultural lending products.   The Initiative for Smallholder Finance’s analysis of the agricultural technical assistance market identified a handful of supply side technical assistance providers and a market for services worth an estimated $25-35 million, very small relative to the potential need for such support.