VACANCY: Team Leader AgriFI Challenge Fund

Self Help Africa is currently managing the AgriFI Challenge Fund on behalf of the EU. This is an €18M fund to support agricultural businesses to increase their sourcing capacity through working with smallholder farmers. The organization is looking for a dynamic proactive and result oriented individual to head the AgriFI- Value Chain Implementation Team and provide strategic leadership technical oversight and direct management of the programme – in particular the EUR 18M challenge fund. Essential1. In depth knowledge of agricultural finance, banking...


Financial Literacy Transforms Refugee Livelihoods

By Tilda Nabbanja, Team Leader Financial Literacy, Bank of Uganda, and Mariam Zahari, Policy Specialist, AFI Bank of Uganda (BOU) has long considered financial literacy a crucial component for enhancing financial inclusion, requiring attention both on a national scale and for targeted vulnerable groups, including Uganda’s sizeable refugee population. With 1.4 million refugees and asylum seekers living within its borders, Uganda is the largest refugee host country in Africa. Most have fled conflict in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia and...


Exploring Innovative Financial Services for Rural Women’s Livelihoods

The core of agricultural production is usually in rural areas where there is availability of land for farming. Rural women are highly engaged in agriculture and play critical roles across good systems unfortunately they continue to be disproportionately poor and financially underserved with only few financial service providers responding to their specific needs. How can rural women be supported to increase their incomes and resilience? Increasing women’s returns to labour Women face competing demands on their time and unequal access to resources such...


Agricultural Finance Corporation to support women-led Enterprises

The Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) in its Programme, Women Affirmative Access Window which promotes financial inclusion in agrifinance will in the next nine months extend Ksh. 1 billion loan to women agripreneurs in Kenya. Women will not be required to provide collaterals as a guarantee to get funding which is usually a big hindrance to access funding especially from financial institutions. AFC’s loan portfolio is at Ksh. 8.7 billion and only 25% of the recipient are women hence the new directive...