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”).
Global Digital Development Forum 2023
On April 26-27, 2023, the Global Digital Development Forum was held online, co-organized by USAID, Chemonics, IBM, Deloitte, DAI, Google, RTI International, Save the Children, Interledger Foundation, Bixal, Palladium, and TechChange. While the event has now passed, anyone who is interested can still register here to access recorded sessions. All of the recorded sessions are […]
Vendor and Product Showcase: DSG Technologies Advancing Financial Inclusion
This virtual event, hosted on February 1, 2023 by Global Communities and the FAHU Foundation, explored a wide range of digital solutions designed for savings groups. Global Communities opened the Showcase by introducing the new and improved DSG Vendors and Products tool on the DSG Hub. Next, nine DSG vendors and innovators showcased their products […]
6 Reasons Your Digital Innovations Can Fail to Reach Adoption
The article discusses six key reasons why a digital innovation product or service would fail to become widely used. They are related to organizational structure and capacity, unrealistic expectations, magpie mentality, first impressions, measurement, and founder dependency. The article also offers suggestions to bolster adoption of digital innovations, including creating a roadmap to adoption, giving […]
VSLA Digital Training App
The VSLA Simulation Game App, developed with funding from FAHU Foundation, offers an alternative approach to training people in the use of the VSLA methodology. It includes a simulation of a full VSLA cycle as well as video trainings in important elements of the VSLA methodology, all of which is based on the “Field Officer Training Guide” […]
Sharing the Risk: “Micro Equity” for Savings Groups in the Digital Era
This blog post explores Micro Equity – an investment product for savings groups designed and implemented by DreamStart Labs, a DSG technology vendor.
DSG Vendors and Products
The "DSG Vendors and Products" tool helps savings group actors identify the range of digital solutions available to fit their digitization needs.
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 […]
Our Digital Journey with Savings Groups: What We Got Wrong and the Lessons We’ve Learned Along the Way
This blog summarizes an interview with early developers and adopters of savings group technologies who were asked to reflect on their digital journeys.