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POWER Africa Learning Event Dissemination of Findings and Lessons from CARE

La traduction simultanée en français sera faite lors de cet événement.

CARE’s recently completed POWER Africa project aimed to increase the financial inclusion of 480,000 poor, food insecure individuals and their households in rural and peri-urban areas in Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Côte d’Ivoire.

Using CARE’s Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) methodology and a complex suite of layered trainings geared toward entrepreneurship and business management, the project surpassed its targets reaching over 750,000 households. The project worked with local organizations and government to form, train, and link VSLA groups to financial service providers, mobile network operators and markets.

The project placed a major emphasis on data collection, monitoring, and learning and POWER Africa has yielded significant learning across a wide variety of topics that enabled CARE to better design and target programming to reach youth, food insecure, and women headed households across multiple contexts.

The session, hosted by CARE, shared findings and lessons from POWER Africa. It was geared towards practitioners, financial service providers, donors and supporting organizations who want to understand what worked, what didn’t and how this can be used to inform current and future programmes.

This event shared insights from POWER Africa’s learning agenda, including:

  • Youth livelihoods, focusing on adolescent girls in Burundi
  • Designing gender equality considerations into financial inclusion programming
  • Resiliency learning in Ethiopia and Burundi
  • Processes and impacts of linking VSLA groups to formal financial service providers and mobile network operators 

POWER Africa Regional Team | Access Africa Team | Nicedore Nkurunziza, Burundi | Pascal Niyitegeka, Rwanda | Fati Karine Abdou, Cote d’Ivoire | Nebiyleul Tadesse, Ethiopia 

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