The SEEP Network
September 19 - 21, 2016
2013 Technical Tracks
Numerous challenges exist to bringing smallholder farmers into markets and financial systems, leaving 500 million farming households around the world with reduced opportunities for economic advancement. This track explores innovative partnership models developed by SEEP members to advance smallholder access to finance and markets. These partnerships typically engage financial and non-financial stakeholders, supporting the current trend to more integrated development approaches.
The availability of investment capital tied to social and/or environmental as well as financial returns (the “triple bottom line”) is growing. Banks are becoming ‘responsible’, microfinance institutions are looking to mobilize capital for emerging products, and partnerships are being forged to leverage available capital and ensure return criteria are met. To advance their pro-poor agendas, SEEP members with expertise in financial and market systems are developing new roles and innovative approaches for collaborating with investors.
Achieving greater financial inclusion requires access to and use of a range of services responsive to the myriad needs of poor households. In this track, SEEP members share experiences in driving innovation through cross-sector approaches to deliver essential services in education, health, information, and finance to underserved markets. Analyzing the feasibility of such sometimes unconventional partnerships and understanding the key elements for their success are crucial to sustaining new service delivery models.
Many daunting challenges face development practitioners that aim to assist vulnerable populations such as rural women, youth, landless laborers and persons and households affected by HIV. To help the poor integrate into fair and inclusive markets, they need to organize and deliver a range of services and material supports that are often complex and costly, ensure effective targeting, and build and coordinate partnerships with other organizations both within and across sectors. SEEP members’ field-level actions are demonstrating sustainable approaches and tools that systematically address these challenges.