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Digital Payments Digital Recordkeeping Digitization Benefits Economic Development
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Digital Payments Digital Recordkeeping Digitization Benefits Economic Development

Digital Finance: Enhancing Women’s Participation in Village Savings and Loan Associations

By Natalie Petrulla
Agrilinks
2022

Digital Finance: Enhancing Women’s Participation in Village Savings and Loan Associations

This article summarizes the findings from the Feed the Future Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE II) project in Ghana, focusing on the impact of the project on Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) and women’s empowerment. In partnership with the Mobile Telephone Network (MTN), ADVANCE II registered four VSLAs in Ghana’s northern region […]
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Consumer Protection Digital Financial Services Digital Inclusion Digitization Benefits
Blog Post
Consumer Protection Digital Financial Services Digital Inclusion Digitization Benefits

Savings-led Digital Finance: The Dawn of a New Era?

By Philip Acton & Finn Tiedemann
August 31, 2022

Savings-led Digital Finance: The Dawn of a New Era?

This blog explores “savings-led” digital finance apps, such as DreamSave, that use clients' savings capacity as a proxy for the ability to repay a loan, opening up a potential new era for digital finance.
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Digital Transformation Digital Wallet Digitization Benefits Digitization Risks & Barriers
Brief
Digital Transformation Digital Wallet Digitization Benefits Digitization Risks & Barriers

Digital Savings Groups In Uganda – A Learning Brief

U-Learn
2022

Digital Savings Groups In Uganda – A Learning Brief

This learning brief offers critical reflections on whether a savings group in the Uganda refugee response is ready to go digital, on the objectives for pursuing digitisation/digitalisation, and on key challenges in making the shift. The brief was developed by Uganda Learning, Evidence, Accountability, and Research Network (U-Learn) in collaboration with the Uganda Inter-Agency Cash […]
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Research
digital divide Digital Financial Services Digital Inclusion Digital Literacy
Research
digital divide Digital Financial Services Digital Inclusion Digital Literacy

Lessons on Enhancing Women’s Financial Inclusion Using Digital Financial Services

Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI)
2022

Lessons on Enhancing Women’s Financial Inclusion Using Digital Financial Services

This special report, by AFI’s Digital Financial Services Working Group, examines the role of digital financial services (DFS) in enhancing and sustaining the access, use, and overall quality of financial services for women. The report includes a comprehensive analysis of the current body of knowledge and case studies of countries that have accelerated DFS policy […]
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Digital Inclusion Digital Payments Digital Recordkeeping Digital Transformation
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Digital Inclusion Digital Payments Digital Recordkeeping Digital Transformation

Reaching Informal Savings Groups with Formal Financial Products: A Study’s Unexpected Findings Reveal the Challenges of Digitizing Transactions

By Raksha Vasudevan
NextBillion
2022

Reaching Informal Savings Groups with Formal Financial Products: A Study’s Unexpected Findings Reveal the Challenges of Digitizing Transactions

This article discusses the main findings from a qualitative assessment of Savings at the Frontier (SatF) projects in Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia, implemented in 2015-2022 and funded by the Mastercard Foundation. The program sought to bridge the gap between formal financial services and informal savings groups, enabling members to access the financial services that best […]
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Change Management Digital Financial Services Digital Transformation Digitization Planning
Blog Post
Change Management Digital Financial Services Digital Transformation Digitization Planning

Digital Incrementalism and Savings Groups: Lessons from the History of Digital Microfinance

By David Panetta,
July 29, 2022

Digital Incrementalism and Savings Groups: Lessons from the History of Digital Microfinance

In the social sector, much ink is spilled on disruptive change. The social, economic, and environmental challenges of our world are indeed substantial and often daunting, so the search for – and allure of – disruptive solutions is understandable. But the reality is that most sustainable progress is incremental. Incremental Innovation As opposed to disruptive […]
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Digital Inclusion Digital Transformation Digitization Benefits Digitization Planning
Multimedia
Digital Inclusion Digital Transformation Digitization Benefits Digitization Planning

Savings Groups in the Digital Age: New Resources to Support Digital Transformation

DSG Hub
2022

Savings Groups in the Digital Age: New Resources to Support Digital Transformation

This webinar, recorded on June 23, 2022, explored key trends and considerations in the digital savings group (DSG) space and launched the DSG Hub. It also showcased three new resources developed for the DSG community: DSG Glossary: Key Concepts and Terms, DSG Technology Solutions Overview, and DSG Toolkit: Tools to Support Safe and Gender-responsive Digitization […]
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Digital Transformation Digitization Benefits Digitization Risks & Barriers
Blog Post
Digital Transformation Digitization Benefits Digitization Risks & Barriers

Welcome to the DSG Hub—the Global Destination for the Digital Savings Group Community!

By Dennis Mello & Paula Rudnicka
May 24, 2022

Welcome to the DSG Hub—the Global Destination for the Digital Savings Group Community!

This blog post, written by co-managers of the DSG Hub project at Global Communities, offers insights about why the Hub was created and how to get involved.
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Change Management Digital Transformation Digitization Benefits Digitization Costs
Blog Post
Change Management Digital Transformation Digitization Benefits Digitization Costs

Truth-testing (and Quantifying) the Costs and Benefits of Digital Savings Groups

By David Panetta,
May 20, 2022

Truth-testing (and Quantifying) the Costs and Benefits of Digital Savings Groups

This blog post explores the costs and benefits of digital savings groups, and underlines the importance of truth-testing and quantifying them with greater rigor and precision.
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Digital Inclusion Digital Recordkeeping Digitization Benefits Digitization Risks & Barriers
Multimedia
Digital Inclusion Digital Recordkeeping Digitization Benefits Digitization Risks & Barriers

Piloting the Digitizing of Savings Groups at Mercy Corps

By Nick Meakin & Tamrat Abera
Mercy Corps
2022

Piloting the Digitizing of Savings Groups at Mercy Corps

In this short interview, Tamrat Abera explains how Mercy Corps is piloting an app from Jamii.one to digitize the record-keeping in savings groups in Ethiopia. He explains the pilot objectives, the current status of the pilot, key challenges and lessons, and plans for the next 12 months. This is the first in a short series […]