Browse by Theme: Financial Inclusion

This handbook is a reference guide for financial service providers, for the effective design and delivery of financial services for savings groups.

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Over the past year CARE has been advising the United Nations High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment on what actions need to be taken to rapidly accelerate women’s economic empowerment outcomes and ensure we meet the SDG targets and leave no one behind.

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Women’s economic empowerment is one of four priority areas for CARE’s work, as set out in the CARE 2020 Program Strategy. This strategy on women’s economic empowerment sets out what CARE will do to meet our aim of 30 million women having greater access to and control over economic resources by 2020.

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With the global backdrop of the youth bulge where over a billion adolescents will transition into adulthood, Banking on Change, as the largest global financial inclusion programme working with youth savings groups, has generated evidence to support the premise that youth savings groups can help reduce youth financial exclusion, and provide a stepping stone to formal financial inclusion and equipping young people with the skills they need to support themselves economically.

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The State of Linkage Report provides, for the first time, a global mapping of linkage activity – the process through which informal savings groups are able to access products and services from formal financial service providers (FSPs). The report identifies where linkage is taking place, the organisations that are currently offering group savings and credit products, and the kind of products being offered.

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Many banks have opted out of targeting and serving underbanked consumers in developing countries, concluding that it is either too complex, costly or not profitable. In order to tackle these assumptions and to help banks better understand the nuances of what is required to capitalise on financial inclusion, CARE and Accenture joined forces to study the current financial inclusion capabilities and strategies of leading banks in developing countries. The outcome of this important research offers a set of key insights on how banks can profitably and responsibly meet the financial needs of unbanked and underbanked consumers.

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Since 2011 the Ugandan government has taken steps to double the number of adults accessing formal financial services from 28% in 2009 to 54% in 2013. However, 2.6 million adults remain excluded (15% of the adult population). This CARE International policy brief sets out how Uganda can capitalise upon existing good practice and innovation to become a leader in increasing access to formal finance in the East African region.

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