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Savings Evidence Map

About the Savings Evidence Map

The goal of the Savings Evidence Map is to provide consolidated access to relevant evidence related to savings-focused financial inclusion and enable users to navigate and find existing evidence as well as identify existing gaps.

The searchable, interactive online platform is designed to help users navigate the range of studies, quickly locate information, understand the quality of the evidence and identify gaps to enable others to explore the evidence base. The first mapping was conducted in 2018 and has been updated annually (twice) with newly available evidence that meets the inclusion criteria.

Why is the Evidence Map useful?

Gap maps can help navigate the huge range of information available, understand the quality of evidence and identify potential gaps.

The Savings Evidence Map is a valuable resource for numerous stakeholders, the table below illustrating key ways practitioners, donor, investors, policy makers and researchers could find it useful. 



We adopted the 3ie Evidence Gap Map approach, similar to that used by Itad for the BEAM Exchange Evidence Gap Map. It broadly followed a six-step process:

The detailed methodology is documented in the 
Savings Evidence Map Synthesis Report: Update 2021.

Complementary Resources

Digital Financial Services Evidence
Gap Map Methodology

This interactive EGM matrix of 14 digital finance product categories, 32 design and delivery categories and 10 outcome categories contains 75 impact studies. A supporting methodology document is also available.


Updating the evidence 

The Savings Evidence Map is a living platform, continuously updated with new material. We welcome user contributions to fill the gaps and enrich the body of evidence. If you have evidence to share, please click below:


The Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab

The Savings Evidence Map was developed by Itad and the SEEP Network as part of the Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab.

The Mastercard Foundation Savings Learning Lab is a six-year initiative implemented by Itad, in partnership with the SEEP Network. The Lab's aim is to support learning among the Foundation’s savings sector portfolio programs through increased alignment and effectiveness of monitoring and evaluation, and through the generation, synthesis, curation and dissemination of knowledge. Itad, as the Learning Partner, works across and with the Foundation's partners, Foundation staff and with the wider Savings Sector to support actionable learning by synthesizing and aggregating learning across the portfolio and sector, conducting complementary research and facilitating learning and knowledge sharing with key audiences.

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