U.S. Funded Rural Finance Activities In Latin America and the Caribbean, 1942-1990: A new Strategy for the 1990s
Creators:Adams, Dale W.
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
Series/Report no.:Ohio State University. Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. ESO (Economics and Sociology Occasional Paper). No. 1709
Studies in Rural Finance
This study compares the characteristics of A.I.D.'s rural finance projects in Latin America and the Caribbean with new policy guidelines issued in 1988. Information from A.I.D./Washington files, and three case studies in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Honduras make up the bulk of the report. Recent rural finance activities of the Inter-American Development Bank 1and the World Bank are also surveyed. Recommendations are that A.I.D. do: larger rural finance projects, do more systematic financial sector studies, do less loan targeting, place more emphasis on deposit mobilization, engage in long-term policy dialogue on finance policies, and add a person to the LA/DR staff who might focus on rural finance.