Global Best Practices on Sustainable Models of Pro-Poor Rural Financial
Services in Developing Countries
Inception Workshop in Thailand
National Livelihood Development Corporation was invited by the International Fund
for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through the Asia-Pacific Rural and
Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA) to the Project Inception Workshop for
the recently approved grant on “Documenting Global Best Practices on
Sustainable Models of Pro-Poor Rural Financial Services in Developing
Countries”. The said project covers five countries, People’s Republic of China,
Indonesia, India, the Philippines and Thailand. NLDC sent Mr. Onesimo Cuyco,
from the Institutional Development Department under the Accounts Management and
Development Group to attend the 2-day workshop.
workshop aimed at presenting existing country experiences on the delivery of
rural financial services/schemes and innovations, solicit inputs to deepen the
contents and strengthen the processes of the project, and come up with the
recommendations for clearer project implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
the workshops, the participants were grouped per country, and were directed to
come up with an over-all (2014-2017) and first year (2014) activity timetables.
They developed strategic partnership agreement or declaration, delineating
inputs, responsibilities and tasks of project stakeholders, and listed of additional
recommendations. Also, during the workshop, the representatives listed some of the
international and National experts on documenting the best practices.
(40) participants, coming from APRACA member institutions, IFAD-supported
investments projects and other selected partners in the five project countries
as well as invited international experts and officers from IFAD, FAO and APRACA
came for the workshop. The countries in attendance where Cambodia, China,
India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam. The focus of
the study, however, shall be the Philippines, Thailand, India, China, and
Indonesia, which will each form a country working group.
Activity Report of the IFAD-Supported APRACA Regional Project highlighted the
key immediate objectives of the document project: “a) Document the global best
practices in the identified themes which will be selected and rated in terms of
appropriateness to the Asia-Pacific Region”, “b) Pilot the best practices and
scaled up to test their effectiveness in projects sponsored by governments,
IFAD, and other funders,” “c) Encourage dialogue in a systematic structure
amongst the various policy makers on promoting the best practices in providing
financial services to the rural poor will be created,” “d) Disseminate of these
best practices through workshops, conferences and knowledge hubs.”
inception workshop is the first activity of the project.