ISG has been selected to work with FINCA International on the FINCA Tanzania USDA Food for Progress (FFPr) Program Final Evaluation. The USDA Food for Progress program activities in Tanzania were specifically designed to advance production and trade within the country’s rural, agricultural client base, focusing on the following objectives and activities:
- Developing a new agricultural lending product, including different fee structures, loan terms, and grace periods to accommodate the delayed returns associated with agricultural investments
- Establish new bank branches in rural areas, using a market study to determine the geographic location of these offices.
- Establish new financial services delivery channels. These channels include point of sale (POS) serving points and mobile phone banking.
- Promote savings accounts and mobilize deposits that allow individual members of the village banking group to access services, in their own name, without a minimum balance or punitive fees.
- Provide agricultural loans, disbursed through Village Banking Loans, Individual Loans and Small Group Loans, with a special emphasis on increasing household income.
- Research client satisfaction and social impact through a regular survey of a representative and statistically significant sample of clients in order to understand customer needs and preferences and to qualify the value customers gain from working with FINCA.
The purpose of the final evaluation is to assess whether the project has achieved the expected results as outlined in the results framework. The final evaluation will assess areas of project design, implementation, management, lessons learned and replicability. It will also provide lessons learned and recommendations for USDA, program participants and other key stakeholders for future food assistance and capacity building programs. ISG will use a mixed-methods, participatory approach, including a household survey, key informant interviews and focus group discussions, working with a local team of data collectors in Tanzania.