Toolkit On Integrating Digital Financial Services Into Feed The Future Programs

Digital financial services (DFS) are defined by the Alliance for Financial Inclusion as “the broad range of financial services accessed and delivered through digital channels, including payments, credit, savings, remittances and insurance.”5 The integration of new digital channels for transactions, information flows and data capture, and identity verification are shifting models for delivering financial services.

The tools found within this publication are meant to help Feed the Future implementers partners explore where they can leverage one type of DFS product, mobile money, to deliver relevant and useful financial services to smallholders and value chain partners they work with. Access to these financial services can, in turn, contribute to greater self-reliance within rural communities by strengthening the inclusiveness of agricultural systems, improving the resilience of food production systems, and boost income earning potential of smallholders.

This is a set of four tools meant to support the integration of mobile money into Feed the Future programming. These tools were developed as an extension of USAID’s 2016 Guide to the Use of DFS in Agriculture. Whereas that guide was intended to support USAID Mission staff and Feed the Future implementers in undertaking phased assessments to determine the feasibility of integrating DFS offerings in agricultural development activities, the toolkit assumes DFS integration is feasible and focuses on topics and issues related to designing and implementing specific activities within a Feed the Future context.

The tools are the result of an 18-month engagement carried out by Strategic Impact Advisors (SIA) and NetHope, with support from USAID. SIA and NetHope entered into collaborative arrangements with two Feed the Future activities in Uganda: the Alur Highlands Coffee Alliance (AHCA), implemented by Palladium, and Youth Leadership in Agriculture (YLA), implemented by Chemonics. The work sought to explore where DFS could be leveraged to improve the livelihoods of smallholder households and the value chain partners that work with them.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:00am

Last updated: August 15, 2019