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Microfinance

  • Socio-Technical Manual for Training of Trainers on Eco-Village Development in South Asia

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    Front page of the ToT Socio Technical Manual on Eco-Village Development in South Asia
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    Manual on Participatory Planning, Technology and Knowledge Transfer of Eco-Village Development (EVD) in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Published by the Eco-Village Development Project Partners: INFORSE, INFORSE-South Asia, INSEDA in India, CRT/N in Nepal, IDEA in Sri Lanka, Grameen Shakti in Bangladesh, CAN-South Asia and DIB (project coordinator) in Denmark.
    132 pages. 2018 December. Available: English, Hindi, Nepali, Bangla, and Sinhala.

  • Building Resilience through Decentralised Water Resource Management in the Caribbean

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    Water resources are greatly impacted by the effects of climate change, and so it comes as no surprise that many of the programmes implemented by PPCR countries focus on enhancing water resilience. The case studies presented here, provide some examples of how PPCR countries in the Caribbean are working towards achieving this goal through decentralised solution. 

  • Microfinance and climate change adaptation

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    This paper talks about possibilities of using microfinance as a coping strategy or tool for reducing peoples’ vulnerability to climate change. In doing so, the paper identifies possible links between microfinance services and climate adaptation and highlights the opportunities and the risks for reducing vulnerability among the world’s poorest populations. Reducing peoples’ vulnerability to climate change is closely linked to the poverty reduction agenda, since poverty is both a condition and determinant of vulnerability.

  • Surviving disasters and supporting recovery: a guidebook for microfinance institutions

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    Experiences of several Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in disaster-prone areas have demonstrated that access to microfinance services can support disaster preparedness and risk reduction by decreasing client vulnerability. When clients have access to needed financial services during crisis situations, the impact of the disaster may considerably lessen. This guidebook is rooted in the philosophy that providing services which enable clients to prepare for future crises and mitigate their impacts is major element of the work MFIs do.

  • Gender: A key dimension linking agricultural programs to improved nutrition and health

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    Empirical evidence shows that increasing women’s control over land, physical assets, and financial assets serves to raise agricultural productivity, improve child health and nutrition, and increase expenditures on education, as women are more likely than men to spend income on food, healthcare and the education of their children.

  • Strategies for Poverty Alleviation in India: CYSD's Holistic Approach to Empowerment Through the Self-help Group Model

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    Providing credit is the primary goal of microfinance projects. But on its own this can be an ineffective response to chronic poverty. Research from India has shown that projects which take a broader approach can yield surprising results. A report from India's Utkal University describes the model of self-help groups used by the Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD). Questioning conventional wisdom in the microfinance industry, it argues that credit by itself will never lift marginalised women out of poverty.

  • Andean Agriculture in the face of Climate Change

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    The main objective of this publication is to provide a reference framework for the key themes and concepts involved in the MEbA project, particularly those related to climate change, adaptation, ecosystems and microfinance. It also aims to provide background information on the Andean region, its ecosystems and the agricultural activity practised there. Finally, it highlights the role of the microfinance sector in promoting climate change adaptation, with a particular emphasis on sustainable approaches.

  • Microfinance for Ecosystem-based adaptation - Options, costs and benefits

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    The MEbA project recently published its first systematisation effort to identify adaptation measures that could be promoted through microfinance products and services. The 40 selected principles may be implemented independently or in conjunction to support small-holder producers in adapting to Climate Change effects. The measures are organised in descriptive fact sheets that contain the required information to put each EbA option into practice. The ultimate goal of this exercise was to integrate EbA options within the microfinance context.

  • Microfinance for Ecosystem-based Adaptation measures

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    The Microfinance for Ecosystem-based Adaptation measures (MEbA) project aims to provide vulnerable and peri-urban populations in the Andean region of Colombia and Peru with microfinance services and products that will allow them to invest in activities related to ecosystem sustainability, improving their income and resilience towards climate change effects.