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Taking Savings Groups on the Road Webinar Series

Taking Savings Groups on the Road is a collaborative effort between the Carsey Institute, the SEEP Network and Oxfam America to revive some of the informative and dynamic discussions from the SG2013 Conference and delve into new topics at the forefront of savings groups.  

Catch up with past webinars in this series below, and stay tuned for more! 


 E-Learning Resources: Past Webinars

1. PSP Implementation Manual


The program scale for savings groups relies on spreading groups through low-cost avenues. Organizations, such as Catholic Relief Services (CRS), use the private service provider (PSP) delivery channel whereby PSPs hire themselves out to train people who want to form savings groups. After years of design, field piloting, operational research and development, based on their programs in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, CRS has come out with a comprehensive and digestible module on the PSP methodology, the Paid Service Provider Implementation Manual

The first webinar  in the Taking Savings Groups on the Road series featured the handbook's main author, marc bavois, as he walked us through the manual, highlighting both the successes and challenges of scaling up the model. After discussing the manual, marc opened the floor to a variety of questions from program participants.  

For more information and to view the webinar recording, please click here.

2. Saving Money, Saving Lives: Savings Groups in HIV/AIDS Affected Populations


The synergy that exists between development agents that need distribution channels for their messages and groups that want to engage in self and/ or community improvement presents a win-win situation. 

Saving Money, Saving Lives: Savings Groups for HIV/AIDS Affected Populations looks at savings groups beyond an effective model for member-managed savings and credit services and shows the promise these groups have as a strategy for the delivery of integrated services targeting improved household welfare and community development. Jason Wolfe, Senior Household Economic Strengthening Advisor at USAID, and his colleague, Dionisio Matos, USAID/Mozambique, discussed the opportunities and challenges of incorporating savings groups into integrated service delivery channels for HIV/AIDS affected populations. 

For more information and to view the webinar recording, please click here.

3. Building Resilience: Harnessing Community Savings Groups for Integrated Risk Management


Many past approaches to risk management have not been holistic in nature. Instead, they focused only on one or two areas of risk. The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative takes an integrated risk management approach to include savings as one of its core components. The webinar covered how R4 leveraged Saving for Change groups in Senegal to provide a comprehensive risk management model to smallholder farmers to strengthen their food and income security.

Saving for Change is an innovative savings groups program designed by Oxfam AmericaFreedom from Hunger, and the Strømme Foundation that increases resilience, financial assets and strengthens women’s empowerment. R4 Rural Resilience Initiative is a strategic partnership between Oxfam America and World Food Programme launched in December 2010. R4 involves a set of four integrated risk management strategies: risk reduction, risk transfer, prudent risk taking, and risk reserves.

The webinar featured a team of speakers from Oxfam America and the World Food Programme.

For more information and to view the webinar recording, please click here.

4. The Importance of Monitoring Savings Groups: An Inside Look at The SAVIX

The SAVIX—a web-based information management system to which Savings Groups practitioners report—provides data analysis capability for Savings Groups’ projects, as well as a Group Evaluation Tool (inspired by the Management Information System) to assess individual group quality and to rate performance of field officers and village agents.

Speakers in this webinar included Bill Maddocks (Carsey Institute), Hugh Allen (VSL Associates), and John Schiller (Plan Global Advisor-Savings Groups). This panel offered both the user perspective and The SAVIX’s insights on using data for performance management.

For more information and to view the webinar recording, please click here.

5. Partnering with Government: Savings Groups in Colombia

Savings Groups in Colombia have reached more than 120,000 people in large part thanks to the vision and support of the Colombian government. In fact, in 2008 the government began a process of funding Savings Groups pilots through the Banca de las Oportunidades in an effort to increase coverage of unbanked populations. This webinar explores the experience of IED-VITAL in leading the formation of groups in Colombia in partnership with the government.

Guiovanny Mendoza and Carlos Caceres of IED VITAL discussed the origins of the partnership and lessons learned on how to engage the government, all while sharing the challenges and opportunities of this approach.

For more information and to view the webinar recording, please click here.

6. Alianzas con el gobierno para divulgación y sostenibilidad

En Colombia, Grupos de Ahorro han alcanzado a más de 120,000 personas, en gran parte gracias a la visión y apoyo del gobierno de Colombia. En 2008, el gobierno empezó financiar pilotos a través de la Banca de Las Oportunidades para llegaron con servicios financieros a poblaciones sin acceso a bancos formales. El webinar va a explorar las experiencias de IED-VITAL en dirigir la formación de grupos de ahorro en Colombia en alianza con el gobierno. Guiovanny Mendoza y Carlos Caceres de IED-Vital van a discutir los origines de la alianza y las lecciones aprendidas sobre cómo trabajar con el gobierno, así como compartir los retos y las oportunidades de este enfoque.

For more information and to view the webinar recording, please click here.

7. SGs and Mobile Banking: CARE's Experience in Kenya and Tanzania

SGs and Mobile BankingSavings groups have proven to be a great tool for providing basic financial inclusion. In East Africa, where technology is enabling savings group members - particularly women - to use technology to perform basic transaction based on mobile phones, CARE’s Access Africa Program is working to increase mobile banking penetration and financial products that save members' time.


For more information and to view the webinar recording, please click here.

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