Digitizing BeninCajù Savings Groups – Pilot Project Reports
This report offers insights from the pilot of DreamSave conducted in 2021-22 by TechnoServe and DreamStart Labs among 40 savings groups in the Zou, Collines and Borgou Departments in the Benin Republic. This included 31 pre-existing savings groups (“paper-to-digital”) and 9 newly formed groups (“born-digital”).
Digital Sub-Wallets for Increased Financial Empowerment of Women
This resource contains information and research about the Digital Sub-Wallets project implemented by CARE in Uganda. Digital Sub-Wallets was a savings group approach to address the unique needs of women in terms of formal financial services, individual agency, relations, and informal structures such as gender norms. The intervention was twofold. First, participating Village Savings […]
Scaling Up Access to Finance in Kigoma, Tanzania
Under its global strategy of Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) promotes digital financial services (DFS) as foundational to inclusive social and economic development. In Tanzania, UNCDF’s work under the Kigoma Joint Programme (KJP) highlights the evolution from financial inclusion to inclusive digital economies. KJP interventions […]
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.
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 […]
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.
Evidence Review of Women’s Groups and COVID-19: Impacts, Challenges, and Policy Implications for Savings Groups in Africa
This learning brief examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s savings groups in diverse African contexts and explores how the shift to digitization impacted these groups and their members. Conclusions indicate that women’s savings groups contributed to resilience to economic challenges associated with the pandemic. For example, households with a female member in […]
Digital Savings Groups: Rethinking Key Roles
This document is one of three research briefs that highlight key insights from a study of digital savings groups (DSGs) conducted in rural Tanzania from August 2019 through February 2020. The research was conducted by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) working with savings groups supported by PCI and their Women Empowered (WE) […]
The Impact of Gender in Digital Solutions for Savings Groups
This document is one of three research briefs that highlight key insights from a study of digital savings groups (DSGs) conducted in rural Tanzania from August 2019 through February 2020. The research was conducted by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) working with savings groups supported by PCI, a Global Communities Partner, and […]