Rural Finance and Community Improvement Programme (RFCIP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 25 Jun 2007
Signature Date 25 Jun 2007
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2014
Last Disbursement Planned Date 25 Jun 2013
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 5,950,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Rural Finance and Community Improvement Programme (RFCIP) is designed during the reconstruction phase following the 11-year civil conflict which ended in 2002. It aims to build the capacity of the rural finance sector at the micro, meso and macro levels. The programme should form collective semi-formal institutions such as Financial Services Associations (FSAs) and formal institutions such as community banks. It should also work on building apex institutions such as Technical Assistance Agency (TAA). The RFCIP consists of three components, namely: (1) access to Rural Financial Services; (2) support to Community Development; and (3) programme management.

Project Objectives

The overall goal of the programme is to reduce rural poverty and household food insecurity on a sustainable basis.


The programme aims at serving the economically active rural poor, particularly women and the youth. The primary target groups are: (1) smallholder farming households, including female-headed households; (2) micro and small-scale entrepreneurs, including women; and (3) youth, including ex-combatants and sexually-abused young women/single mothers.

Participating Organization

International Fund for Agriculture Development
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security


IATI identifier 46002-P-SL-AA0-015
Last Update 11 Jul 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Sierra Leone