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Rural Finance

Rural households continue to be underserved by financial institutions. Financial products and delivery mechanisms designed to serve urban, commercial populations are often ill-suited to rural areas where cash needs and income flows are more seasonal in nature than in urban areas. Further, accessing financial services by these dispersed populations with limited access to public transport is more costly. Rural and agricultural finance programs might include capacity building of financial institutions; product development for financial institutions; risk mitigation techniques, such as partial guarantee programs, and index-based insurance; and policy reform, such as collateral laws, land titling or bank branch regulations.

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