The terms "smallholder farm" and "family farm" are often used interchangeably, but technically refer to different dimensions of agriculture. Getting better clarity on the basic composition of the world's farms is challenging, but critical.
Smallholder farmers are among the most financially excluded of all client segments. Understanding their particular needs is an important step in helping financial service providers to develop appropriate and effective products that serve them effectively.
“Resilience” seems to be the mot du jour among development practitioners these days. In the financial inclusion context, resilience refers to a person or family’s ability to weather shocks. But how do households in Burkina Faso define it?
Coaching has proven to be a critical component of the Graduation Approach, but it is also complex to implement. Staffing constraints often cause this building block to be trimmed, sometimes at the expense of program results.
Ensuring that digital financial services are used successfully by poor communities requires a new customer-centric approach. Financial service providers can empower customers to engage with new technology and financial services in several ways.
Providing services for small savers is a challenge for financial institutions. With this in mind, Freedom from Hunger is getting a better understanding of the business case behind financial services to youth, who many financial institutions choose not to serve.
Tablet-based apps are being used to address a range of development issues, such as health, education, and personal finance. Fundacion Capital's LISTA App is one tablet-based education tool helping to bridge the financial education gap in Colombia.