A number of innovations introduced or being developed by DID target more rigorous and efficient management of credit in the financial institutions that it supports or operates: calculation tool to help establish repayment capacity for small-scale agricultural producers;SMS messaging for credit monitoring and recovery; portal integrating all stages in the credit management process.
May 9 to 13, DID's 13 field directors met in Lévis to share the many innovations developed under the projects that they head.
DID has developed a series of tools and measures for its partners to help them perform their activities in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner by optimizing the management of environmental and social risks.
In many parts of the world, smallholders earn all their income at one time during harvests but have no more savings left when it comes to buying inputs for the next planting season. To deal with this problem, DID and the Kafo Jiginew financial cooperative network in Mali designed the input savings plan.
An event organized jointly with the African Development Bank
From May 9 to 13, the 13 DID project directors in the field are taking part in a series of meetings and discussions at DID's head office, in Lévis.
The CAN $18 million Agriculture and Rural Financing in Mali project (FARM) targets development of the agricultural sector and increased food security through increased access to financial services that are better adapted to the sector.
The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD) has mandated DID to conduct an economic analysis focused on scaling up and deploying high impact technologies and innovations in West and Central Africa.
Guy Cormier takes over from Monique F. Leroux, who had been leading Desjardins Group since March 2008. Aged 46, Mr. Cormier was previously Senior Vice‐President, Cooperative Network and Personal Services at Desjardins Group.