Global Resource on Digital Savings Groups

“We seek to inspire innovation, build a community of practice, and create a destination for anyone who is planning, implementing, developing technology for, or studying digital savings groups (DSGs).”

The Digital Savings Group (DSG) Hub is an online learning and community platform aimed at facilitating thoughtful, safe, and inclusive digitization of savings groups. The overall goal of the Hub is to help actors make sound decisions about whether and how to digitize savings groups effectively. The DSG Hub contains a wide variety of practical, easy-to-find, and easy-to-use resources to support savings group members and practitioners on their digitization journeys. The DSG Hub also serves as a tool for an ongoing community engagement, allowing diverse actors from across the industry to connect with one another, share insights and experiences, and learn from successes and shortcomings in the sector. The project is funded by the FAHU Foundation and implemented by Global Communities.

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The FAHU Foundation strives to create lasting sustainable development by supporting innovative interventions which address the root causes of poverty. The Foundation focuses on building social and economic resilience and improving the lives of poor and marginalized people in sub-Saharan Africa through the savings group model.

Global Communities works at the nexus of humanitarian assistance, sustainable development, and financial inclusion, reaching millions of people with community-based programs in more than 35 countries. We bring together local ingenuity and global insights to save lives, advance equity, and secure strong futures.

Steering Committee

  • Paulina (Paula) Rudnicka

    Sr. Technical Advisor for Gender Integration

    Global Communities

  • Dennis Mello

    Director, Women Empowered Initiative

    Global Communities

  • Henrik Kähler

    Board Member

    FAHU Foundation

  • Katha Thommesen-Kähler

    Board Member

    FAHU Foundation

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board ensures that the DSG Hub is of the highest quality and meets the distinct needs of savings groups practitioners. Members bring a mix of expertise in funding, designing, implementing, evaluating, participating in, and/or conducting research on DSGs. The Board provides strategic advice and guidance to the project’s Steering Committee, serves as a thoughtful sounding board for the project, and supports the achievement of its objectives. It is not a decision-making body.

  • Eric Kaduru

    Senior Technical Advisor Digital, VSLA Global

    CARE USA

  • Matthew Mims

    COO and Co-founder

    hiveonline

  • Koen De Beer

    Project Coordinator

    Cyclos

  • Anthony Mang’eni

    Regional Technical Advisor for Microfinance and Youth

    Catholic Relief Services

  • Wes Wasson

    CEO and Co-Founder

    DreamStart Labs

  • Bindi Jhaveri

    Program Manager and Advisor

    Grameen Foundation

  • Tamrat Abera

    Program Manager & Senior Financial Inclusion Advisor

    Mercy Corps

  • David Panetta

    Executive Director

    LGP

  • Henrik Kähler

    Board Member

    FAHU Foundation

  • Katha Thommesen-Kähler

    Board Member

    FAHU Foundation

Key Community Contributors

Key Contributors include implementing organizations, donors, technology providers, and independent experts who create new - or adapt existing - resources for the DSG Hub. Their invaluable contributions help ensure that the site hosts a diverse range of high-quality content, perspectives, and insights. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Key Community Contributor.

  • Global Communities
    Global Communities
  • Mercy Corps
  • DreamStart Labs
  • hiveonline
  • Cyclos
  • World Relief