The Practitioner Learning Program (PLP) methodology was developed by the SEEP Network with the support of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as a way to engage microenterprise practitioners in a collaborative learning process to document and share findings and to identify effective, replicable practices and innovations that can benefit the industry as a whole. The PLP combines a small grant program with an intensive small group-facilitated process, usually over a period of one or more years. PLPs focus on learning at three levels: 1) the individual organizations, 2) the PLP group and 3) the industry at large.
The goal of the Rural Agricultural Finance and Food Security (RAFFS) PLP is to contribute to the building of dynamic rural economies and to the rural and agricultural finance field of practice. It has accomplished this by identifying and documenting viable financing approaches and services that can improve the standard of living of rural families involved in on- and off-farm activities. Its three primary objectives include:
- To identify, analyze and describe effective leading-edge RAF approaches and services that are achieving noteworthy impact at the household level.
- To investigate the specific connections between RAF approaches, food security and livelihoods.
- To document (through practitioner-created, electronic-learning products) effective techniques, methods and services for the purpose of making these approaches available to other practitioners in the field.
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