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Recently the book Value Chain Development and the Poor has been published. Here is the link to read the eBook for free: Value Chain Development and the Poor (practicalactionpublishing.com). if you would prefer a paperback or hard back copy of the book you can also order them on the website.
This report form ISF Advisors and the Mastercard Foundation's Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab summarizes the latest data on the size and scope of the global rural agricultural finance market, finding a significant gap between supply and demand of financial services.
Drawing on a new ILO database, this report provides an up-to-date and realistic assessment of the global contribution of self-employment and micro- and small enterprises to employment – both in the formal and the informal economy.
To assist other FSPs considering an introduction (or improvement) of youth-focused services, this paper synthesizes key recommendations, best practices and lessons learned from the ten FSPs that YouthStart supported during their pilot tests.
How can we tackle the complex question of client value in microinsurance? Michal Matul discusses the challenges of analysing client value and the importance of significantly accelerating value as the industry develops.
There is a clear need for better risk management for small scale farmers, yet the demand for microinsurance from clients is not necessarily there. Pranav Prashad discusses the challenges of delivering agricultural microinsurance.
This second volume is a unique collection of recent practices and emerging ideas in microinsurance. It covers numerous innovations that have emerged in recent years to meet the challenges of providing insurance to low-income people, from new products and delivery channels to consumer education tools, while examining changes in regulations, providers and schemes.
Insurers and their distribution partners need to consider how their programs contribute to the core business of distribution partners—beyond the direct financial benefit of commissions—in order to be successful in the long term.
The Guide is a technical manual and a hands-on tool for companies to integrate human rights practices within their operations. In addition to standard international human rights protocols (Universal Declaration of Human Rights; International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights), the guide also addresses conflict-affected areas and the importance of corporate responsibilities with regard to international humanitarian laws.
This video was captured during the microinsurance training event organised by the Gordon Institute of Business Science and supported by the Microinsurance Innovation Facility, in October 2010. Janice Angove and Nashelo Tande, from the actuarial consultancy Quindiem, present the business case for microinsurance.
Drawing on Quindiem’s research into insurance and the low-income market, Angove and Tande discuss how microinsurance can contribute to a company’s sustainability, the keys to success within this market and how insurers must balance innovation with good business practice.
This document, produced under a primer series on social safety nets, assesses the role of food aid in improving food availability and food access. It is based on a synthesis of experiences in four countries: India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Zambia. It concludes that food aid does not have to create negative impacts, particularly if it is tied to the development of infrastructure that supports production and market linkages, avoids creating negative price effects for food producers, and reaches the food insecure.
In an effort to identify appropriate interventions and policies for improving food security, this paper provides a synthesis of recent research into the behavior of producers and consumers of staple food crops in Eastern and Southern Africa.