2017 in Review

Agenda for ROI AG Workshop

November 29 (Wednesday): EMW Action Group Day

Rural Outreach and Innovation Action Group (ROI AG)

14:00–16:30: Trends in Rural Development (Room Chapel)

This session will showcase ROI members’ work in the field of rural development. Each trend summary will last around 5 minutes, followed by a round table discussion with audience input at the end of each segment.

Speaker Organization Trend Case study country/region
Moderator: Michael Kortenbusch

Part 1: 14:00–15:00

Marina Kortenbusch BFC / ROI AG Head Healthy businesses and gamification Switzerland / Global Online Communities
Johanna Ryan VisionFund Economic empowerment for women Africa
Amsalu Alemayehu Wasasa MFI Financial relations with cooperatives Ethiopia
Birgit Galemann IFD Excel-based microfinance tools Uganda
Roundtable discussions
30-minute break

Part 2: 15:30–16:30


Michael de Groot


Rabobank Foundation

Geodata and ICT solutions for inclusive finance and food  


Mariel Mensink ICCO Mastercard rural finance programme Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sen-­‐ egal,  and  Burkina Faso
Etienne Mottet BFC Business models for farming apps Georgia and Kyrgyzstan
Marina Kortenbusch ROI AG Q/A: Call for new ROI AG Head N/A
Roundtable discussions


OCT-19, Marina Kortenbusch | Building Green Communities

Building Green Communities
Marina Kortenbusch
Date: October 19, 2017 (10:30 CET)
Presented by: Marina Kortenbusch, PhD , (Founding Partner, BFC)

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OCT-3, Ndumiso Mpofu | Recovery Lending in Africa

Recovery Lending in Africa
Ndumiso Mpofu
Date: October 3, 2017 (10:30 CET)
Presented by: Ndumiso Mpofu , (Programme Director, VisionFund)

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SEP-19, Birgit Galemann | Effective cooperation through tailor-made electronic tools & telecommunication

Effective cooperation through tailor-made electronic tools & telecommunication
Birgit Galemann
Date: September 19, 2017 (10:30 CET)
Presented by: Dr. Birgit Galemann , (Independent Consultant for Financial Systems and Institutions Development)

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SEP-12, Johanna Ryan | The Women Empowerment Fund

The Women Empowerment Fund
Johanna Ryan
Date: September 12, 2017 (10:30 CET)
Presented by: Johanna Ryan , (Director of Social Performance, VisionFund)

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SEP-1, Etienne Mottet | Channels for Digital Services in Rural Areas

Channels for Digital Services in Rural Areas
Etienne Mottet
Date: September 1, 2017 (14:00 CET)
Presented by: Etienne Mottet , (Head of Innovation, BFC)

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AUG-10, Leigh Marwick | Social Gardening

Social Gardening
Leigh Marwick
Date: August 10, 2017 (15:00 CET)
Presented by: Leigh Marwick , (Educator, New York City Department of Education)

Play Recorded Webinar

2016 in Review & Project Leadership 2017

Thank you to all of you who attended the ROI AG workshop and the panel at the European Microfinance Conference. 

All the results of ROI AG activities from 2016 can be found in the Library folder EMW-2016.

ROI AG Subgroups 2016-2017

Based upon the survey results from the beginning of the year,  ROI AG’s focus was spilt into the following sub-groups:

  • Value Chain Finance
  • Agroinsurance
  • Non-Financial Services for Farmers
  • Social Aspects of Rural Development

With two additional projects in cooperation with other AG Groups:

  • Inclusive Green Rural Finance (Microfinance and Environment AG)
  • Digital Finance Learning Communication Platforms (Digital Innovations for Financial Empowerment AG)
Top Ideas from Brainstorming of 2017 ROI AG Activities      (e-MFP ROI AG Workshop, November 17, 2016)


  • Create a database of contacts by topic
  • Weather forecast for farmers to mitigate risk
  • Create a certification programme: “Agri Finance Expert”
  • Work with the same local parties to exchange our experiences.
  • Understand what makes it hard to get more members.
  • See more in Google Spreadsheet File
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Over the past year, the BFC Team took the leadership for enhancing communication channels between members (and non-members) to present Trends in Rural Finance via the blog and across the 17 webinars/online discussions.

For the coming year, we would like to encourage members to show leadership with their own projects or to lead the existing ROI AG subgroups. Please act upon your own initiative to build collaborations amongst other members and work together to create impactful results.

For any questions, sharing of information, or support, please feel free to contact Marina Kortenbusch.

SEP-15, Patricia Richter | Social Issues in Rural Finance

Social Issues in Rural Finance
Patricia Richter
Date: September 15, 2016 @ 14:00pm CET
Presented by: Patricia Richter , (Technical Officer, Social Finance Programme, International Labour Organisation)

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JUL-06, Polina Zahn | Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan

Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan
Date: July 6, 2016 (09:30am CET)
Presented by: Polina Zahn , (Project Assistant, Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network e.V.)

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