Microfinance and Technical Support Project
The project was designed as a unique intervention bundling technical and financial services to support income generating activities for moderately and hard core poor households. In spite of a competitive microfinance market and external challenges outside of the project’s control, the project performed well under the credit component, attracting an impressive number of women participants and leading to good results in food security and agricultural productivity. The training component, judged to be too ambitious and insufficiently coordinated with financial services, performed less well, but some innovations and non-traditional methods in technical support have survived in the post-project period. Recommendations of this assessment focus on effectiveness of inputs. The quality of women’s participation would also improve with customized services and products. Other recommendations look at how to better integrate technical support and financial services, and improve the selection of financial institutions as partners to ensure sustainability.
10 November 2012