Digital Recordkeeping

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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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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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Digital Recordkeeping Digital Transformation Digitization Planning Financial Service Providers
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Digital Recordkeeping Digital Transformation Digitization Planning Financial Service Providers

Digital Savings Group Decision Tree

By Courtney Purvis
World Relief
2022

Digital Savings Group Decision Tree

World Relief created this tool to help country offices decide if transitioning to a digital savings group (DSG) program would be helpful for the participants. After understanding the local context and current savings group program, field staff can ask themselves the questions in the decision tree to determine if and what type of a DSG […]
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Digital Financial Services Digital Payments Digital Recordkeeping Digital Transformation
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Digital Financial Services Digital Payments Digital Recordkeeping Digital Transformation

Digital Savings Groups: Technology Solutions Overview 

By David Panetta, DSG Hub
Global Communities
2022

Digital Savings Groups: Technology Solutions Overview 

This tool features leading digital savings group (DSG) solutions in a clear and succinct format, accessible to diverse stakeholders, including international and local non-governmental organizations, financial service providers, technology providers, funders, investors, and governments. The directory includes information about the solutions’ functionalities, costs, requirements, reach, and institutions behind them as well as links to supporting […]
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Born Digital Digital Champions Digital Inclusion Digital Literacy
Blog Post
Born Digital Digital Champions Digital Inclusion Digital Literacy

Top 10 Tips for Running a Great Digital Savings Group Pilot

By DreamStart Labs
May 22, 2022

Top 10 Tips for Running a Great Digital Savings Group Pilot

This article shares 10 tips from DreamStart Labs’ experience running many DSG pilots with partners around the world.
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Digital Inclusion Digital Recordkeeping Digitization Benefits Digitization Risks & Barriers
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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 […]
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Digital Payments Digital Recordkeeping Digitization Benefits Digitization Risks & Barriers
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Digital Payments Digital Recordkeeping Digitization Benefits Digitization Risks & Barriers

Unleashing the Potential of Digital Saving Groups to Build Financial Resilience in Rwanda

By Yi Nancy Liu & Emile Ndayambaje
UNCDF
2022

Unleashing the Potential of Digital Saving Groups to Build Financial Resilience in Rwanda

This case study examines two digital savings group solutions – Mvend and SAVE – promoted within UNCDF’s REFAD program in Rwanda. These solutions were adopted by REFAD partners to expand financial inclusion and improve resilience in refugee camps and host communities in Rwanda. The case study discusses some of the successes, enablers, and impediments on […]
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Born Digital Digital Recordkeeping Digital Transformation Digitization Benefits
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Born Digital Digital Recordkeeping Digital Transformation Digitization Benefits

Comparing “Born Digital” and “Paper-to-Digital” Groups

DreamStart Labs
2020

Comparing “Born Digital” and “Paper-to-Digital” Groups

This research brief highlights key insights from a study of digital savings groups (DSGs) conducted in rural Tanzania from August 2019 through February 2020. The research was led by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) working with savings groups supported by Project Concern International (PCI), a Global Communities Partner, and their Women Empowered […]
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Consumer Protection Data Privacy & Security Digital Payments Digital Recordkeeping
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Consumer Protection Data Privacy & Security Digital Payments Digital Recordkeeping

Digital Savings Groups

By Mark Staehle
SEEP Network
2020

Digital Savings Groups

This learning brief examines the design options and essential tradeoffs in solution development based on a survey of 12 digital savings group (DSG) solution providers. The findings are outlined in six sections: 1) Introduction; 2) The benefits of savings groups; 3) User experience; 4) The business of DSGs; 5) Consumer protection, and 6) What will […]
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Research
Digital Inclusion Digital Recordkeeping Digitization Benefits Digitization Risks & Barriers
Research
Digital Inclusion Digital Recordkeeping Digitization Benefits Digitization Risks & Barriers

Digital Savings Groups: Evidence from Tanzania

By Julia Arnold
Project Concern International (PCI), International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), DreamStart Labs
2020

Digital Savings Groups: Evidence from Tanzania

This report provides some of the first insights into how savings groups can successfully transition from paper to digital ledgers and examines some key hypotheses about digitizing savings groups. Specifically, the report presents findings from an evaluation of a pilot test of DreamSave—a digital savings ledger—conducted by Project Concern International (PCI)—A Global Communities Partner, DreamStart […]