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NATIONAL START UP/SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP OF THE FGN/IFAD – ASSISTED RURAL FINANCE INSTITUTION BUILDING PROGRAMME (RUFIN)

DATE: FEBRUARY 1ST– 5TH 2010

VENUE: NICON LUXURY HOTEL, ABUJA

PRESENTATION ON: RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RUFIN & OTHER IFAD FUNDED PROJECTS AND GENERAL PROJECT COORDINATION

PRESENTER: DR. O.O. OYEBANJI

CTA: NPAFS, FMA&WR


1 0 background
1.0 – ASSISTED RURAL FINANCE INSTITUTION BUILDING PROGRAMME (RUFIN)Background

  • The FGN/IFAD - Assisted Rural Finance Institution Building Programme (RUFIN) is a follow - up on the donor/government dialogue on the financial reform which started in 2000.

  • RUFIN is expected to support the implementation of the microfinance policy framework with particular focus on improving the target group’s access to financial services, including expansion of formal banking services in the programme areas.

  • The programme is to be implemented in 12 states, spread across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, with an estimated 345,000 farm families, comprising about 138,000 woman-headed households, whom are expected to benefit directly. These include small-holders, farmers and rural entrepreneurs such as farmers, craftsmen, petty traders, women, physically challenged, etc

  • By reaching out to poor rural people, the programme will ensure that they gain access to financial services and can invest in and improve productivity in agriculture and small businesses. In addition, RUFIN will support the development of target-group organizations into rural finance institutions that improve poor rural people’s access to low-cost credit.

  • Given the numerous challenges to the country’s agriculture, which includes amongst others; low farm productivity, weak infrastructure development, high post harvest losses, largely attributed to the limited financial constraints within the real sectors. The government, through the programme, recognises the need to strengthen rural financial services, including improving access to credit, as a key to reducing poverty.


2 0 objectives of programme
2.0 Objectives of Programme – ASSISTED RURAL FINANCE INSTITUTION BUILDING PROGRAMME (RUFIN)

  • The objective of the programme is to develop and strengthen micro-finance institutions (MFIs) and establish linkages among these institutions and other financial institutions in order to create a viable and sustainable rural financial system.

    3.0 Purpose of Programme

  • The purpose of RUFIN is to develop rural finance and enhance access to these services by the rural population so as to boost the productivity of the rural micro and small enterprises.


4 0 why donor project coordination
4 – ASSISTED RURAL FINANCE INSTITUTION BUILDING PROGRAMME (RUFIN).0 Why Donor Project Coordination?

Donor coordination refers to the integration of the development assistance activities of the donors in the recipient country into national development goals, programs, and strategies. Donor coordination is required for the following reasons:

  • Donor coordination facilitates information sharing and enables the government of the recipient country to know and follow up who does what and where;

  • Donor coordination promotes constructive dialogue on how to avoid overlapping of activities;

  • Not only the recipient but also donors want donor coordination since they are virtually under increasing pressure from their respective houses of Assembly and public to show results;

  • Without coordination, each donor may pursue its own political and commercial interest and insist on donor specific programs and projects that each have their own management procedures for all phases of the project cycle.; and

  • Donor coordination enables the International development assistance integrate into national policies, priorities, strategies, institutions and procedures of the recipient country.


5.0 Areas of Possible Collaboration Between RUFIN and other Donor Supported Projects/Programmes.

  • Policy Advice, knowledge Sharing and Monitoring

  • Operations

  • Administration

  • Advocacy and Communication


6 0 relationship between rufin ifad and other donor assisted projects
6.0 Relationship between RUFIN, IFAD and Other Donor Assisted Projects

  • Experience has shown that while it is not advisable to integrate rural financial services as a component within an agricultural or any other form of development programme, it is important to ensure the complementarity of technical and financial services for effective poverty alleviation.

  • Thus, RUFIN will complement other on-going IFAD assisted projects, notably; Community Based Agricultural and Rural Development Programme (CBARDP) and Community-Based Natural Resource Management Programme (CBNRMP). In addition, the programme will support the National Fadama –III , National Programme for Food Security (NPFS), National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) amongst others.

  • These projects and programmes target poor rural families with special focus on women, youths and vulnerable groups which will also constitute the target group of RUFIN.



In addition to these rufin is to work closely with the following projects and programmes
In addition to these, RUFIN is to work closely with the following projects and programmes:

  • Promoting Improved Sustainable Microfinance Services (PRISMS) funded by USAID

  • DFID supported Pro-poor Financial Services Programme (ProFinS)

  • GTZ assisted Employment Oriented Private Sector Development Project; and

  • UNDP Supported Micro-finance Projects



7.0 Expected Outcome of this Relationship: following projects and programmes:

  • Improved mobilization of resources and overall performance

  • More effective participation in development fora

  • Enhanced institutional capacity of micro finance and other financial institutions

  • Enhanced operational synergy

  • Increased effectiveness and efficiency savings;and

  • Creation of locally and nationally recognized procedures.

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9.0 Framework to following projects and programmes:Guide and Promote Cooperation and Collaborations between RUFIN and other Related Projects

In order to streamline processes, ensure cost savings, achieve synergies and reduce overlap in field operations, the following guidelines are proposed:

  • At the National level, RUFIN should organize Annual Rural and Microfinance Conference where current issues related to rural microfinance practices, policies and framework conditions will be discussed.

  • Similar workshops should also be convened by RUFIN projects at the State level to tackle state specific issues, gather and collate inputs for the national workshop.

  • Collaborating donor projects should continuously strive to improve their effectiveness and efficacy on ground through joint operational activities at the national, state and site levels. These can be in form of; joint field missions to address critical issues along mandate areas, consolidated mission reports, joint project supervisory roles and operation of joint steering committees.

  • We recognize the roles of FADPEC and ADPEC/ARDEC at the Federal and State level respectively and are of the opinion that these institutions should be used to coordinate and consolidate the Work programmes, with a view to ensuring that projects proposed derive financial services from RUFIN.


1 0 0 conclusion
1 following projects and programmes:0.0 Conclusion

Ladies and gentlemen, the objective of strengthening micro finance institutions and creating viable and sustainable rural financial system in the country will be better achieved through effective collaboration and coordination of all parties involved. This should be done through capacity building of requisite stakeholders, synergy of operations, information and knowledge sharing, and regular consultations with development partners.

Thank you for Listening !


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