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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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Data Privacy & Security Digital Literacy Digital Transformation Digitization Planning
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Data Privacy & Security Digital Literacy Digital Transformation Digitization Planning

DSG Toolkit: Tools to Support Safe and Gender-responsive Digitization of Savings Groups

By Lauren Hendricks, Dennis Mello, Paula Rudnicka
Global Communities, Women for Women International
2022

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 […]
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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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Digital Financial Services Digital Transformation Digitization Risks & Barriers Financial Inclusion
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Digital Financial Services Digital Transformation Digitization Risks & Barriers Financial Inclusion

Overcoming Distance When Digitizing Informal Savings Groups

By Paul Damocha & Anna Ferracuti
UNCDF
2019

Overcoming Distance When Digitizing Informal Savings Groups

This article shares key findings from qualitative research conducted by UNCDF Tanzania and CARE International on the digital financial services (DFS) that are most appropriate for informal savings groups. The authors outline two key findings. First, while mobile money is appropriate for individual accounts, there are difficulties around the validation of group accounts. Also, agent […]
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Training
Digital Transformation Digitization Planning Industry Standards Monitoring & Evaluation
Training
Digital Transformation Digitization Planning Industry Standards Monitoring & Evaluation

Digital Savings Group Course

Aga Khan Foundation
2019

Digital Savings Group Course

Developed by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), this online course discusses key concepts in digital savings groups (DSGs) and provides a detailed orientation to AKF’s DSG platform. The course is designed for those who wish to support the implementation of DSGs, including project managers, trainers, and village agents. The course consists of 49 short videos. […]