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.
||Case study country/region
|Moderator: Michael Kortenbusch
Part 1: 14:00–15:00
||BFC / ROI AG Head
||Healthy businesses and gamification
||Switzerland / Global Online Communities
||Economic empowerment for women
||Financial relations with cooperatives
||Excel-based microfinance tools
Part 2: 15:30–16:30
Michael de Groot
|Geodata and ICT solutions for inclusive finance and food
||Mastercard rural finance programme
||Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sen-‐ egal, and Burkina Faso
||Business models for farming apps
||Georgia and Kyrgyzstan
||Q/A: Call for new ROI AG Head
A great opportunity to bring yourself up to speed with the latest technological developments which are driving innovation in the insurance industry and beyond.
See below for information provided by the organiser:
- What trends can we expect to unfold across the year?
- How is the insurance industry’s approach to InsurTech likely to change in 2017?
- How can insurers, investors and start-ups work together to drive the sector’s growth?
Global Head of Digital Transformation
AXA Strategic Ventures
Find out more and register your interest.
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
- 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
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.
MIMOSA is an index tool used to measure credit market penetration and saturation, indicating potential over-indebtedness or unfulfilled credit needs. The technique for calculating the MIMOSA score was explained by Daniel Rozas in his recent ROI Webinar.
The first version of MIMOSA was only applicable to countries as whole, but the updated MIMOSA 2.0 can be applied to the regional level to give an in-depth view of where credit is most needed.
Cambodia, May 2015. The darker regions are indicated by MIMOSA 2.0 to be the most saturated for credit.
Continue reading “MIMOSA: Credit Market Penetration Tool”
CGAP have created a very interesting video on digital finance and education, it is definitely worth a watch if you’re interested in the subject.
Find the video on CGAP’s website.
An increasing number of farmers are becoming interested in growing their harvest using organic methods and heirloom seeds. But what is an heirloom seed?
An heirloom variety is a plant that has been passed down from generation to generation. Vegetables from heirloom seeds often have a rich taste, distinctive shapes, and come in an abundance of colours. Importantly, the seeds from heirloom plants tend to be genetically stable and can be saved and used for future harvests indefinitely (as opposed to hybrid seed varieties, where the desirable properties of the seeds disappear after the first generation).
Using heirloom seeds also has a social aspect. If we preserve and use them, we are contributing to ecological sustainability by encouraging biodiversity and promoting organic farming. As well as this, heirloom seeds are a representation of a region’s culture and heritage; this is valuable to conserve, but once a variety is no longer used, it is impossible to reproduce. Continue reading “Heirloom Seeds”
See below for additional resources to accompany Patricia Richter’s recent webinar.
- Child Labour and Microfinance publication/s:
> Responsible finance and child labour: quo vadis microfinance?
Patricia Richter and Sophie de Coninck
In: The Global Child Poverty Challenge: in search of solutions. 2016.
> Microfinance and Child Labour, ILO, 2011 (PDF).
Jonas Blume and Julika Breyer
You may be interested in the following webinar. See the CSAF Webinar Invite for more information.
CSAf is a network of 9 leading social lenders in rural microfinance and rural and agri finance. On JUNE 30, it will present a webinar about “state of the sector”.
The WebEx registration link (also included in the invitation) is now live and can be accessed at: http://hubs.ly/H03lnZ00.
Bulletins are presenting a monthly roundup of headlines and news stories related to investments and financing flows to rural financial sector of Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Serbia.
All bulletins are available online at BFC Publication web page.
Incofin Investment Management have released a publication which provides practitioner orientated tools for credit risk management and agricultural value chain finance.
More information on Incofin’s ‘Insights on credit risk and agriculture value chain finance’ can be found at their website.