This Agrodok describes current savings, lending, and insurance practices, identifies the service providers working in the informal, semiformal and formal sector and discusses current approaches and methodologies. It targets those who want to know more about rural finance as well as development practitioners concerned with identifying the financial services most appropriate for their project or organisations.
Designing and executing rural finance programmes requires ‘expert’ knowledge. Although this Agrodok pays some attention to good practices in rural finance, it is not a training manual. It does not set out to show readers how they can develop and implement programmes. The Useful Addresses list contains the addresses of organizations that can be consulted when this type of assistance is needed.