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CARE at SG2018 Power of Savings Groups conference

The Global Savings Groups Conference convened by the SEEP Network was held in Rwanda from 22-24 May. At the conference CARE led or participated in a number of peer learning sessions including:

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

Read our wrap-up blog on the conference, with reflections and learnings from POWER Africa programme managers Nicedore Nkurunziza (CARE Burundi) and Fati Abdou Karine (CARE Côte d’Ivoire) who participated in the conference and led sessions.

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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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Insuring for a changing climate - A review and reflection on CARE’s experience with microinsurance
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CARE evidence to the International Development Committee Inquiry into the DFID Economic Development Strategy
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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.

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Resources and links

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Search Inclusive Business online database

Linking for Change Savings Charter

The Guardian Global Development Professionals Network Financial Inclusion hub