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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!

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Holding back the flood: Using savings groups to relocate from risk in Malawi
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World Savings Day: How young people will fix the world
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Changing social norms to achieve women’s financial inclusion
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Are VSLA feminist platforms for gender transformation?
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Women on the Move Annual Report 2019
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Curiosity Collective: Evidence of social changes for women in savings groups
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Resources and links

Financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment – a briefing for the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Search Inclusive Business online database

Linking for Change Savings Charter

The Guardian Global Development Professionals Network Financial Inclusion hub