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CTA. 1996. Rafad. Spore 63. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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RAFAD (Recherches et applications de financements alternatifs au developpement) is a Swiss private international foundation. Its mission is to contribute to Third World development while avoiding creating the dependency associated with traditional...
RAFAD (Recherches et applications de financements alternatifs au developpement) is a Swiss private international foundation. Its mission is to contribute to Third World development while avoiding creating the dependency associated with traditional aid systems. Support in locating funding sources is thus directed at developing economic activity and the creation of businesses and employment. Farmers' associations, women's groups, traditional fishermen and tradesmen in the informal sector, and small business organizations in developing countries have benefited from the support of RAFAD. Its activities fall into four programme areas: · access to bank credit through a system of guarantees for development groups engaged in economic activities; · a network of support for organizational matters, management and monitoring; · the search for new ways of funding; and · dissemination of techniques used in the North in order to find systems of aid outside the current system which results in too much dependence. The Foundation has already provided the equivalent of 200 years of bank guarantees for loans ranging from US$10,000 to US$ 150,000, to development groups or associations in 22 countries. In turn these have been able to provide credit to several thousand businessmen or small farmers. The average repayment of these loans has been 97.2%. RAFAD also helps to create development funding by contributing an equal amount to debt repurchase by donors in the North. Such a fund, equivalent to 700,000 Swiss francs, was made available to the Madagascar Business Promotion Enterprise (APEM; Association pour la promotion de ['enterprise a Madagascar) as counterpart to a debt repurchase with a gig of 350,000 Swiss francs from the Canton of Geneva. RAFAD issues a quarterly newsletter called Alternative funding for which the annual subscription is 40 Swiss francs. Among other publications of the Foundation available in French, English and Spanish are: Financer autrement: Les associations et ONG de development du Tiers-monde published by IRBD/RAFAD in two volumes (readers in the ACP countries can obtain a free copy of this book, which is published jointly with CTA, by writing to CTA). Manuel de gestion pratique des associations de developpement du Tiers-monde (also available in Portuguese). Renforcer l'autonomie financiers des associations de developpement published by IRBD. A complete catalogue of publications, payment instructions and other useful information can be obtained by writing to: RAFAD 1 rue de Varembe CP 117 - 1 2 11 Geneva 20 - SWITZERLAND Tel: +41 22 733 50 73 Fax: +41 22 734 70 83