Blue Rhino was asked to compile a Knowledge Product (K-product) for KMP on the following issue: Mainstreaming gender in rural finance (2013). This K-product looks at how gender can be mainstreamed in rural finance without alienating men or disrupting household power relations. According to this guide, participatory methods where local communities and individuals can put local gender relations in context and set out their own future actions work better than alternative methods. It is important that the staff of rural financial providers are sensitized on gender equality issues.
The Rural Finance Knowledge Management Partnership (KPM) is a joint initiative of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Alliance for Green revolution in Africa (AGRA), the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), and the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA). It undertakes joint rural finance activities and provides implementation support to IFAD-funded projects in East and Southern Africa (ESA).