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CARE at SG2018 Power of Savings Groups conference

The Global Savings Groups Conference convened by the SEEP Network kicks off in Kigali, Rwanda on May 22. The week-long biennial conference is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to connect and learn about the challenges and opportunities we face in supporting savings groups – including VSLAs, SHGs, indigenous savings groups, and other forms of community-based microfinance – worldwide.

In the run-up to the conference Insights will feature blogs by CARE teams and experts from around the globe highlighting pathways to promote inclusion, resilience and empowerment through savings groups.

At the conference CARE will be leading and participating in a number of the 22 peer learning sessions including:

  • Scaling savings groups through government programmes, 23 May
  • Emerging best practice in the design and delivery of digitally-enabled financial services for savings groups, 22 May
  • Speeding up useful linkages: Reducing time in meeting group demand for formal services, 23 May
  • Indashyikirwa: A gender-transformative, economic empowerment programme to prevent Intimate Partner Violence, 22 May
  • De la transaction à la transformation : Les groupes d’épargnes, l'action collective, et la participation politique des femmes en Afrique de l'Ouest, 22 May (in French, with simultaneous translation into English)

CARE Rwanda is also participating in the pre-conference peer exchanges featuring opportunities for field visits: find out more here.

Catch the rhythm of financial inclusion!

Watch this funky take on VSLAs – a good way to spread the vibe!


Catch the rhythm of financial inclusion!

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CARE global VSLA reach 2017: An overview of the global reach of CARE’s Village Savings and Loan Association programming
For over 25 years CARE’s Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) have enabled women living in poverty to increase their financial skills, gain access to and control over resources, and…
Political consciousness, leadership and collective action in the Mata Masu Dubara structures in Niger
This report presents the results of research conducted in Niger on the political power of the Mata Masu Dubara (Village Savings and Loan Associations) in Niger.
Women on the Move in West Africa: Impact Growth Strategy 2017 Annual Report
Started by CARE International, the Women on the Move partnership goal is to economically and socially empower women and girls through their mobilisation and access to savings groups.
Financial services for resilience: how to assess the impacts?
Implementing innovative methodologies to measure resilience in Niger This report from the BRACED programme, which aims to build the resilience of vulnerable people against climate extremes and disasters, explores the…

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Resources and links

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Search Inclusive Business online database

Linking for Change Savings Charter

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