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Aug 24, 2016 (Wed), 10:00am-11:00am (EST)
SMDP - Plan Webinar Series Savings Groups and Beyond - Inclusion, Equity, and Transformation
Advocacy and Savings Groups:
Working Broader Impact
Amanda Lundy, Plan International
Michel Kanhonou, Plan Benin
Stella Tungaraza, Independent Savings Groups Consultant
Savings Groups have long demonstrated an ability to help their members gain improved mastery of household finances and to make investments that improve socio-economic well being. Evidence is also emerging that increasing levels of social capital and confidence in collective activism nurtured in Savings Groups can help bring about wider change over a broader geographic space, in some cases reaching the national level.
In this August webinar, we will examine specific strategies that Savings Groups facilitating agencies and associations of groups themselves can use to leverage the power of large networks to bring about change. These will be illustrated by examples from Tanzania and Benin where the Savings Groups movement was able to influence the government's national policy on micro finance and demonstrate how associations of Savings Groups have been able to lobby local officials to provide improved qualities of goods and public services to members.