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The document library collects operational studies, program impact assessments, and training manuals relevant to the savings-led field. Member organizations can contribute their documents to this database and make them easily accessible to savings-led practitioners and the wider NGO community, thus increasing the visibility of savings-led methodologies.  To contribute your publications, please contact Eloisa Devietti at slwg@seepnetwork.org.

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Delivering Formal Financial Services to Savings Groups: A Handbook for Financial Service Providers
There are over 14 million members of Savings Groups across 75 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, representing a promising platform for financial inclusion in underserved markets. Savings Groups offer an entry point for financial service providers to isolated communities; they are organized, experienced and disciplined; they aggregate demand across many low-income clients; and they have identified needs that financial service providers can address.… Read More ›
Private Service Provider: Implementation Manual
This manual was developed at the conclusion of CRS’ SILC Innovations project, implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is informed by the experiences and results of that project, and seeks to distill the project learning in a practical form.
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Saving for Change Impact Stories Research Report: Burkina Faso
To better understand the lives of Saving for Change members, Freedom from Hunger conducted an "impact stories" study to look at the life events, opportunities, program perceptions, food security and poverty levels of 32 members of different Saving for Change groups located in 18 villages across the northern region of Burkina Faso that were formed through the organization Association Solidarité et Entraide Mutuelle au Sahel (SEMUS). Individual stories have been written for each respondent who described her experience with the program in a holistic way, and the aggregate outcomes are described in this report.… Read More ›
Savings Groups at the Frontier
Savings Groups at the Frontier explores the issues that will shape the future of Savings Groups. What are the costs, required inputs, and anticipated outreach of these groups? How does replication take place? How sustainable are the groups? Is it feasible to integrate financial and non-financial services? … Read More ›
What We Want to Know: A Practitioner-Led Research Agenda for Savings Groups
This research agenda highlights the most salient issues in the SG community, and it guides attention and resources to addressing them so that innovation may be informed by evidence. … Read More ›
Formalising Informality: Savings Groups, Community Finance and the Role of FSD Kenya
This case study looks at the efforts FSD Kenya has made to strengthen semi-formal rural delivery channels and build linkages with formal financial service providers through savings groups. It also considers the extent to which FSD Kenya’s strategy and approach governing the support to savings groups was consistent with basic M4P principles as codified in the “The Operational Guide for the Making Markets Work for the Poor Approach.”… Read More ›
Within Reach: How banks in emerging economics can grow profitably by being more inclusive
To help banks better understand the nuances of the strategies and capabilities that can effect financial inclusion, CARE and Accenture joined forces to study the current capabilities and strategies of 30 leading banks across 12 developing and emerging countries. The outcome of this important research offers insights on how banks can best meet the financial needs of underbanked consumers. … Read More ›
Mid-Term Evaluation: MicroLead Expansion Programme
In September 2011, UNCDF in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation launched a sixty ear expansion of the MicroLead programme that aimed to increase access to savings driven microfinance to a minimum 450,000 low income individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa. The programme’s intention was to attract experienced institutions or networks from developed and developing countries to increase the capacity of financial institutions providing low balance savings either through the provision of technical assistance to financial service providers (FSPs) or through the establishment of greenfield institutions.… Read More ›
The Role of Financial Services in Building Household Resilience in Burkina Faso
This working paper discusses new theories of change in the microfinance industry, which suggest that the use of financial services for poor households results in resiliency. In effect, financial services help households anticipate, adapt to, and/or recover from the effects of shocks in a manner that protects their livelihoods, reduces chronic vulnerability, and facilitates growth.
To fill some of the gaps in knowledge about how financial services contribute to household resilience, CGAP engaged Freedom from Hunger to conduct a research project with two of its partners in rural Burkina Faso: le Réseau des Caisses Populaires du Burkina Faso (RCPB), a credit union that provides formal financial services, and the Office de Développement des Églises Évangéliques, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that facilitates savings groups.… Read More ›
The Banking on Change Proposed Youth Savings Group Model
As part of the Banking on Change program, Plan International UK, CARE International UK, and Barclays have developed a YSG model to increase young people’s access to financial services and to improve their financial and business skills. The model outlines good programming principles for YSGs and, moving beyond simple financial inclusion, provides insight into their role in improving young people’s income, empowerment, and standard of living. … Read More ›
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