Savings-Led Working Group Newsletter
April - June 2019

Join the Call on May 14

Join us on May 14 at 9:00 am EDT for an update on the 2019 learning agenda, opportunities for collaboration with fellow working group members, and an orientation to the new SLWG communications platform.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

SG2020 is Coming to Durban!

We are delighted to announce that SEEP will host the next Global Savings Groups Conference in Durban, South Africa.

SG2020: The Power of Savings Groups will engage a large and diverse community of stakeholders, strengthen partnerships and alliances, mobilize knowledge, expand access to technical resources, and develop and promote improved standards of practice. Stay tuned for more details!

Submit a Session Proposal

Calling all SEEP Members – we invite you to host a Peer Learning Session at the 2019 SEEP Annual Conference!

This year's technical track on Fostering Resilience through Financial Inclusion will explore both proven and innovative strategies to develop resilience in financial systems, communities, and households; and look at products, services, and technologies that help households and enterprises better mitigate risks associated with climate variability, illness and disease, political instability, and conflict.

Interested? Review or download the detailed Request for Proposals for Peer Learning Sessions to get started. Feel free to reach out to your SLWG co-facilitators for support in connecting with other interested organizations and speakers.

Submissions are due May 31.

Women’s Empowerment and Savings Groups

SEEP, in association with Nathan Associates and FSD Africa, is pleased to announce two national stakeholder workshops on Savings Groups and women’s empowerment to be held in July 2019.  

These workshops will introduce participants to the evidence on Savings Groups and women’s empowerment, good practices to sustain and enhance outcomes, and tools and resources for results measurement.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tuesday, July 2
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Friday, July 5
Learn with SEEP: Resource Spotlight
Women’s Empowerment and Savings Groups:
What Do We Know?

This learning brief examines the pathways between Savings Groups and women’s empowerment, the evidence with respect to various outcome areas, and how women’s empowerment outcomes can be enhanced and better sustained through Savings Groups.

Digital Savings Groups

This new video about DreamSave describes how digital recordkeeping applications can improve the impact of Savings Groups – shortening meetings, improving transparency, and expanding access to formal financial services.

Learn with SEEP: Webinars on Demand
What We’re Working On
Women’s Empowerment and Savings Groups: Monitoring and Results Measurement Toolkit
(June 2019)
A companion to the recently published learning brief on Savings Groups and women’s empowerment, the monitoring and results measurement toolkit includes evidence-based theories of change, develops a set of standardized indicators, and recommends existing tools and resources to facilitate measurement and learning.

Case Study Series on Savings Groups and Consumer Protection (June 2019)
Building upon the recent risk assessment of Savings Groups, The SEEP Network is conducting a case study series on Savings Groups and consumer protection. The series, developed in collaboration with Arora Associates and Catholic Relief Services, provides a detailed account of various approaches to ensure that members and groups have the capacity to protect themselves, development and market actors act responsibly, and regulation, if required, is effective.
Member Spotlight

The Policy Experimentation & Evaluation Platform (PEEP) supports evidence-based policymaking in education reform and economic development. PEEP coordinated the Youth Start Entrepreneurial Challenges – Europe's largest policy experimentation project in entrepreneurship education – and is co-leading the SG4Africa, a savings groups research project implemented through a network of academic partners in more than a dozen African countries. SG4Africa teams are currently carrying out research on the emergence of Africa's middle-class and the relationship between savings groups and formal financial institutions.
What We’re Reading

By Jeff Ashe, Lina Makino, and Gene Bianco

By Yusef Salehi, Oxford Policy Management
Upcoming Events

May 2 – June 28 | Course | Online | Centre for Microfinance and Enterprise Development Zambia

May 14 | Meeting | Virtual | The SEEP Network

July 2 | Meeting | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | The SEEP Network

July 5 | Meeting | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | The SEEP Network

August 26 - September 6 | Course | Pietermaritzburg, South Africa | The Carsey School of Public Policy

September 19-20 | Conference | New Delhi, India | Sa-Dhan

October 21-23 | Conference | Arlington, VA, USA | The SEEP Network
For the latest news, events and resources, visit
the Mango Tree – the global resource on Savings Groups.