Savings Groups in the Digital Age: New Resources to Support Digital Transformation

Virtual presentation, panel discussion, and networking event hosted by FAHU Foundation, Global Communities, and Women for Women International
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022
Time: 9:30-11am EST

About the Webinar

Across the globe, savings group practitioners and members are increasingly using digital tools to manage group records, conduct financial transactions, and promote access to formal finance. Yet many actors in the sector are unaware of the resources needed to digitize savings groups in an effective, safe, and inclusive manner. This webinar will explore key trends and considerations in the digital savings group (DSG) space and launch the DSG Hub — a new online learning and community platform for anyone who is planning, implementing, developing technology for, or studying DSGs. We will also showcase three new resources developed for the DSG community: the DSG Glossary: Key Concepts and Terms, the DSG Technology Solutions Overview, and the DSG Toolkit: Tools to Support Safe and Gender-responsive Digitization of Savings Groups. Following the presentations and panel discussion, we will invite participants to a virtual networking session.

Confirmed Presenters

  • Tamrat Abera

    Program Manager & Senior Financial Inclusion Advisor

    Mercy Corps

  • Julia Arnold

    Women's Financial Inclusion Consultant

  • Henrik Kähler

    Board Member

    FAHU Foundation

  • Katha Thommesen-Kähler

    Board Member

    FAHU Foundation

  • Anthony Mang’eni

    Regional Technical Advisor for Microfinance and Youth

    Catholic Relief Services

  • Mellisa Mazingi

    Director, Great Lakes

    Women for Women International

  • David Panetta

    Executive Director


  • Dennis Mello

    Director, Women Empowered Initiative

    Global Communities

  • Paulina (Paula) Rudnicka

    Sr. Technical Advisor for Gender Integration

    Global Communities

  • Bindi Jhaveri

    Program Manager and Advisor

    Grameen Foundation

Agenda Highlights

9:30-9:35am EST

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Hosted by FAHU Foundation and Global Communities
9:35-9:50am EST

DSG Hub and Showcase Resources

Demonstration and presentation hosted by Global Communities
9:50-10:15am EST

Fireside Chat

Moderated discussion with DSG implementers and experts about resources need to support effective, safe, and inclusive digitization of savings groups
10:15-10:30am EST

Plenary Q&A

Hosted by Global Communities
10:30-11am EST

Networking Event

Virtual space for one-on-one conversations between event participants

Event Partners