DSG Glossary: Key Concepts and Terms
The glossary is a compilation of definitions related to digitization of savings groups, created to help stakeholders working in the DSG sector use the right words and ask the right questions. DSGs lie at the intersection of savings groups, financial inclusion, and technology—each with their own body of knowledge and technical language. The purpose of […]
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.
DSG Toolkit: Tools to Support Safe and Gender-responsive Digitization of Savings Groups
The DSG Toolkit consists of seven practical tools to support safe, effective, and gender-responsive digitization of savings groups. These tools include practical guidance for implementers and trainers across multiple aspects of digitization, such as: Digital Preparedness Checklist Project Staffing Monitoring and Evaluation Promoting Women’s Digital Capabilities Addressing Risks of Gender-based Violence Digital User Dialogues Data […]
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.
Quickly Identifying Potential Data Risks
This resource is designed to help development actors increase the effectiveness of digital tools and data, while reducing the risks and the potential for harm. We often assume that data protection is the job of informational technology (IT) specialists. IT has a role to play, but so does operations staff. Operations staff determine what data […]
Hey Sister! Show me the Mobile Money!
Hey Sister! is an IVR (interactive voice response) digital financial literacy (DFL) campaign designed to increase women’s ability to access and use digital financial services (DFS). The campaign lessons are available online for use and adaptation by anyone, anywhere. Particular resources have been tailored and made available for learning and facilitation in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, […]
Empowering Women on a Journey Towards Digital Financial Capability
This guide summarizes key components and concepts in digital financial capability (DFC) and explores key principles in the design of DFC programs. By leveraging the five principles (Who, What, When, Where, and How) and their associated design elements, financial services providers, policy makers, and other stakeholders can help women customers take the journey toward confident […]
Leveraging Digital Financial Capability to Drive Women’s Financial Inclusion
This article explores digital financial capability (DFC) as a critical component of the digital transformation journey, especially for women. Financial capability must evolve to include DFC, so low-income women are not left behind. Research by CFI reveals that traditional financial literacy approaches are ineffective and women are particularly affected by social norms. In the same […]
Enabling Women’s Financial Inclusion through Digital Financial Literacy
This FinEquity brief explores the relationship between digital financial literacy (DFL) and women’s digital financial inclusion. The brief outlines the components, enablers, and challenges to women’s DFL, and demonstrates how the various dimensions of DFL are inter-connected and should not be addressed in isolation. Drawing from the experiences of FinEquity members, the brief explores good […]
Can Free Phones Close the Gender Divide?
This article explores the gender gap in mobile phone ownership and efforts to get phones into the hands of more women at the last mile. While these efforts have undeniably increased women’s access to phones, it is less clear if and how women are using phones to improve their lives. The article concludes that handset […]