The Foundation coordinates technical assistance and support programmes to bolster the operations of partners that are guided by the Foundation.
The African Facility programme, in partnership with AFD
The first stage of the “Take-off Facility for Agricultural and Rural Microfinance in Africa” developed in partnership with AFD was carried out between 2013 and 2016 and helped strengthen 16 MFIs in Africa and support them towards operational self-sufficiency and financial sustainability.
The second stage of the programme, between 2017 and 2020, will allow financing and providing technical assistance to over 20 MFIs. AFD's new financing is based on three components: a € 6 million loan to develop the Facility's credit activity, a € 2.2 million grant to contribute to technical assistance missions and an ARIZ portfolio guarantee to cover up to 50% of the loans granted to MFIs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since the signing of the second stage of the programme in March 2017, 12 technical assistance protocols have already been signed and 61 technical assistance missions carried out or underway. The missions aim to consolidate the risk profile of the partner institutions through different topics such as the development of a business plan or risk management and improvement of the information system. The missions will also focus on the measurement and management of social performance, agricultural finance and green microfinance.
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A programme for the financial inclusion of refugees, in partnership with UNHCR and Sida
The Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) joined forces to develop a programme for promoting access to credit for refugees and host communities. The Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation was selected to manage the technical assistance of the programme and support its partner microfinance institutions to develop an offer of products and services properly adapted to refugee populations.
Under the coordination of the Foundation, the consulting firm Microfinanza (Italy) carried out field missions to assess refugees’ financial and non-financial needs in Uganda and Jordan, the first two countries targeted by the programme. Besides assessing the refugees’ financial needs, the study has also paved the way to set the most appropriate lines of action to address this challenge. Through financing and technical assistance, the second stage of the programme will seek to develop and enhance access to finance for refugees though the microfinance institutions supported by the Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation.
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