A recent state of practice report identifies 74 government initiatives related to Savings Groups (SGs) across 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The interventions of national governments in the sector are wide-ranging and include public policies, strategies, regulation and programming related to financial inclusion, social protection, women’s empowerment and sector coordination.
The effective engagement of national governments provides stakeholders – including funders, civil society organizations and financial service providers – opportunities to expand the scale, sustainability and impact of Savings Groups, as well as to leverage Savings Groups for broader development objectives.
This webinar will provide an overview of government policies and programming in the sector across Africa, including key trends, followed by a discussion with Josephine Muriuki (Government of Kenya) and Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa (National Bank of Rwanda) on government policies, priorities and partnerships related to Savings Groups in Kenya and Rwanda.
Caribou Data will present an analysis of how “Digital Kenyans” engage with financial services through the mobile phone. Using privacy-preserving anonymization techniques, we paint a nuanced and demographically representative portrait of financial behaviors, including frequency and value of transaction types, average fees paid, and flows into and out of the digital wallet. To ground the analysis, we use an illustrative segmentation comparing “borrowers” vs. “savers” and frequent vs. infrequent users. Register here to join the conversation.
More than 1/3 of people will experience gender based violence (GBV) in their lifetimes. Annual productivity losses caused by sexual harassment alone in a typical Fortune 500 company are estimated to be around US$6.7 million. In June this year, a new ILO convention could be adopted which will require governments and employers to systematically address violence, including gender based violence, and harassment in the world of work.
Companies are engaging with the issue and introducing policies to reduce incidences of GBV and its effects, but GBV still has a high prevalence, the work can be fragmented and business insight of successful actions is sparse. This online written discussion aims to shed light on the ways companies can and are pro-actively engaging with gender based violence.
We are bringing together experts from across sectors and global regions to share their insights and experience. This discussion will be useful to you, whether you are from an organisation taking your first steps in trying to understand how gender based violence affects your business, right through to those who have been expertly working on this topic for some time. You can expect practical learnings, real insight and peer support.
Join us on Thursday 28 March, 15:00-16:00 GMT / 11:00-12.00 EDT, for a live written online discussion with a panel of experts to explore the role business can play in addressing issues around gender-based violence.
The #StartingGood Virtual Summit is a free-to-access 11 day virtual summit that brings together 30+ world renowned social entrepreneurs, changemakers, and innovation leaders to talk about creating a lasting positive impact in the world.
At StartSomeGood, we’re convinced that we are entering the Era of Purpose. We see this all around us. In the demands from graduates for meaningful work, from consumers for quality ethical products and from investors for companies that combine profit and purpose.
2019 is our third year running the #StartingGood Summit and we are thrilled to be bringing you a stellar line up of over 30 changemakers, innovators, movers and shakers in who are making the world a better place.
Previous Summit guests include Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, Clay Shirky, Founder of Donor’s Choose, Charles Best and Co-Founder of Charity Water, Scott Harrison.
While the global advancement of women over the last few years cannot go unnoticed, much work remains to reach gender equality. Innovative approaches are needed to ensure that women – from entrepreneurs to informal workers to C-suite executives – are empowered to actively engage in their economies. Technology is a unique avenue to advance the economic empowerment of women and girls. However, technology can also inhibit women’s empowerment by enabling harassment and other unintended consequences.
The SEEP Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group will host a Twitter Chat on March 12, 2019 to explore these issues and celebrate International Women’s Day.
We invite you to join our member organizations for a dynamic and engaging conversation and exchange of resources and tools highlighting technology and innovation in WEE.
Contribute to the discussion with hashtag #WEECHAT2019 and follow us @TheSEEPNetwork!
Smackdown Debate: How Credible Are the World Bank’s Global Poverty Estimates? How Can They Be Improved?
In 1979, World Bank President Robert McNamara was shocked to see that data on poverty and inequality were only available for 17 developing countries. In response, McNamara pushed the Bank to become a leader in the collection, collation, and analysis of these data. With the creation of the “dollar-a-day” international poverty line in the 1990 World Development Report, the Bank established itself as the global standard setter for poverty measurement. In 2016, the Bank convened the Atkinson Commission on Global Poverty to ensure its approach continued to reflect the best available expertise on the issue.
But the Bank’s approach has not been without critics. Given the difficult methodological questions and the large stakes involved, scholars and practitioners have a variety of views on how global poverty should be measured. Join us for a lively debate on this question on March 5, where Francisco Ferreira, who oversees the poverty and inequality team in the Development Research Group, will engage with Professor Sanjay Reddy, one of the most prominent and vocal external critics of the Bank’s approach.
Small merchants in emerging markets are increasingly adopting digital commerce to expand their customer base and market their goods and services on online marketplaces. These merchants are using digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Jumia and WhatsApp to promote their businesses, sell their goods and services, communicate with clients and suppliers and to receive payments.
At FIBR, we have been researching superplatforms to determine their value proposition to micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs). What value do these platforms provide directly and indirectly to merchants? How are these superplatforms helping merchants to build and grow their businesses? Who are the merchants that sell online and what is the role of trust in these interactions?
Our latest research shows that small, informal merchants are using social media and messaging platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram to advertise their business, market goods and services, and communicate with clients. The uses, interactions, and workarounds by micro, small & medium enterprises (MSME) in Africa to sell online through these platforms offer insights into 1) personas 2) needs such as for financing their business, and 3) product and service concepts that could help small merchants close gaps in skills, working capital, and business intelligence.
Join FIBR’s webinar and panel discussion to learn how merchants benefit from superplatforms and digital commerce. The webinar covers how merchants are using digital platforms and how superplatforms can better serve merchants.
When: 28th February 2019, 9am-10:00am EST
In places where people live on a few dollars a day, where you’re lucky to have access to the resources you need to survive … it goes without saying that women face abysmal odds.
As you know, women’s empowerment is core to FINCA’s mission. So in honor of International Women’s Day, please join FINCA on Thursday, March 7th from 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) for a conversation with Ami Dalal about some of our newest initiatives aimed at women. Ami is the Managing Director of FINCA Ventures, and she will shed light on how we’re using innovative partnerships to create a new movement to empower women through finance, farming and clean energy.
And, as always, there will be a chance for you to ask questions.
On March 7, 2019, at 2:00 PM EDT, dial 1-877-229-8493, passcode 113100.