The Digital Sharing Community for Rural Agricultural Finance
What is it and why should you become a member?
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Value add for readers
- Learn about practical steps for implementing digital financial services in rural areas.
- Explore the advantages of joining a digital sharing community for knowledge sharing and resource pooling.
The elements of the sharing platform ⎮ Visual: © GIZ
How the platform came to be
The idea of creating the digital sharing community platform was conceived during the International Conference on the digitalization of agricultural finance in Lusaka. At this conference, several microfinance institutions praised the initiative and joined the GIZ AgFin network. The following phases guided the establishment of this community:
- Phase 1
Designing the functional, operational, and organizational models of the digital platform.
- Phase 2
Planning the implementation of the virtual platform, as well as the physical, logistical, and chronological aspects of the community members’ (face-to-face) meetings.
- Phase 3
Developing or installing and configuring a professional community management software application/solution.
- Phase 4
Managing and animating the digital community.
Several documents have been put in place to ensure the functioning and sustainability of the platform. Please note, they are confidential and for those who want to know more about the community, you’re invited to become a member.
Why become a member of the sharing platform?
Any individual or organization interested in the digitalization of agricultural finance, regardless of their location, can become a member of this platform. This includes financial institutions, fintechs, donors, OTMs, open-source developers, and more.
The advantages of being a platform member
- A legal framework recognized by the Cameroonian law on associations;
- A secure framework (organizational and IT security) for sharing knowledge, good practices and pooling of efforts.
To illustrate this, more than three IT projects within two microfinance institutions (an application for collecting savings in rural areas and an application for granting credit scoring to soybeans producers in the northern region of Cameroon) are in a pilot phase before the official launch of the platform
- A framework that is sustainable because its financial and operational autonomy is assured by the charter
- A framework where the acquisition of an application or an IT solution will be 20% cheaper than on the local and international market due to the framework agreement that is imposed on the consultants and application vendors who are members of the platform
We encourage all actors interested in this platform not to hesitate to become a member via the website.