In this session two toolkits are being presented:

  1. The Education for Rural People Toolkit (FAO)
  2. RuralInvest (FAO)

Starting with 10 minute showcase of each of the toolkits.

The Education for Rural People Toolkit (ERP):

  • many people are illiterate
  • little formal education possibilities around the world, especially with rural populations
  • want to empower rural people to enable them to participate in the societies in which they live
  • ensuring food security through knowledge and education
  • ¬†initiative aimed mostly at capacity building,


  • How do you market this to people who can make use of this toolkit?
  • What about people in rural areas who do not have access to computers or internet
  • What feedback are you getting for this toolkit? How are people using this? what are the benefits of this toolkit?


  • for capacity building
  • started in Latin America, useful in Africa, introducing it to Central Asia
  • multi-lingual
  • interactive database in which you cando costing of projects
  • small communities, NGOs or individuals can use the modules available online to develop small-scale projects
  • can do own investment planning e.g latrine, bridge, small clinic
  • for larger investments e.g wanting to buy land for developing a crop, or industry, that requires going to the next Phase (module 3) in whcih training is needed
  • still costly to use the toolkit

Success factors were identified for toolkits in general by the participants:

  • local language
  • people knowing about the toolkits
  • packaging them in useful formats
  • partners you work with

One interesting discussion that emerged in this session is what we mean by toolkits and what type of resources cna be designated as toolkits.

We also discussed alot about the the target groups for particular toolkits.