Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
The Evidence-Based Story of Savings Groups
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Megan Gash is a Research and Evaluation Specialist at Freedom from Hunger. The recipient of the 2013 SEEP Network Practitioner of the Year Award, Gash will present on her recent work synthesizing the growing body of research on the impacts of savings groups in countries like Mali, Malawi, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.
Gash joined Freedom from Hunger in 2007. She works closely with partner organizations to design, implement and analyze research and evaluation studies that measure the efficacy of Freedom from Hunger's programs. Much of her recent work focuses on understanding industry research on the impacts of member participation in savings groups, with a special focus on West Africa and youth. This specialized work culminated in multiple industry publications and contributed to her winning the 2013 Practitioner of the Year award by the SEEP Network in Washington, D.C. Before joining Freedom from Hunger, Megan worked in microfinance research with a focus on poverty assessment and has carried out field research in Central America, East and West Africa and South Asia. She has a Master's Degree in International Affairs (American University, Washington, D.C.) and a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations (University of California, Davis).
Co-sponsored by the Buffett Center and One Book One Northwestern.