Finance for Inclusive Growth – Midterm Assesment

The Finance for Inclusive Growth in Somalia (FIG – Somalia) programme, implemented by AECF through MFI partners, is a pilot programme
component under the European Union-funded Inclusive Local and Economic Development (ILED).

AECF commissioned a midterm review to evaluate the programme’s implementation and propose corrective actions for the remaining period of the project implementation

Mobilising the private sector in the fight against counterfeit agro-inputs – A case study of mPedigree in Tanzania

Agriculture is the backbone of Tanzania’s economy and accounts for almost a third of GDP and 65% of employment, with women constituting 70% of this labour force. The problem of fake, counterfeit, or substandard agro-inputs in Tanzania has not been well-researched but has been considered substantial by some observers. Anecdotal evidence estimates that 30-40% of agro-inputs (seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides) are counterfeit, of which seeds are most highly counterfeited at 46.8%.

AECF investee mPedigree is using serialized labels as a measure to verify seed authenticity that has the potential to transform the management of counterfeit agro-inputs through integrating technology in seed quality regulation.

The impact of financing business models on access to solar home systems and women’s financial inclusion

This study investigates how two of the funded organisations, FINCOOP Savings and Credit Cooperative in Malawi and MoneyMart Finance in Zimbabwe, are implementing innovative financing solutions for women. This study aims to generate knowledge and insights on the impact of different business models on access to affordable solar home systems and women’s financial inclusion in Malawi and Zimbabwe.