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Agenda in Brief


Monday May 21

Pre-Conference Event

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Peer Exchanges organized by the Rwandan Savings Groups Forum  


Hosts: World Relief Rwanda, CARE Rwanda, Catholic Relief Services, VisionFund Rwanda

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Early Registration



Tuesday May 22


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM


9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Plenary | Beyond Savings and Credit: Savings Groups as Catalysts of Social & Economic Change

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM


11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

Peer Learning Sessions

Savings Groups as a Service: Business Models and Digital Tools for Sustainability and Engagement

De la transaction à la transformation : Les groupes d’épargnes, l'action collective, et la participation politique des femmes en Afrique de l'Ouest

Using Savings Groups to Promote Resiliency During Times of Crisis

Bringing the Informal Into the Formal: A Step by Step Guide

Reflecting to Improve: Looking Back on Savings Groups for Vulnerable Populations

Lessons from Self Help Group-Bank Linkage: A platform for Formal Financial Access in India

12:45 PM – 2:15 PM


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch Session | New Release: State of the Savings Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Peer Learning Sessions

Indashyikirwa: A Gender-transformative, Economic Empowerment Programme to Prevent IPV

Emerging Best Practice in the Design and Delivery of Digitally-enabled Financial Services for Savings Groups

How Low Can We Go? Evidence-based Approaches for Savings Groups

Formal Finance and Informal Groups: Inside the Black Box

Construyendo oportunidades de liderazgo e ingresos para adolescentes y jóvenes

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM


4:15 PM – 5:45 PM

Debate | For the Savings Groups sector to achieve scale and quality, donors must exit to allow the private sector and government to take over group formation and ongoing support.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Cocktail Reception



Wednesday May 23


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Plenary | Scaling Outreach, Social Safety Nets and the Delivery of Public Services: Savings Groups and the Role of Government

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Peer Learning Sessions

Scaling Savings Groups through Government Programs – Motivations, Achievements and Challenges

Making Savings Groups Work for Women: An Evidence Review

Leveraging Savings Groups to Increase the Impact of Cash Transfers

Post-Project? No-Project? Four Approaches to Savings Group Sustainability and Growth

Inclusive Savings Groups and Finance: Empowering Persons with Disabilities

Speeding Up Useful Linkages: Reducing Time in Meeting Group Demand for Formal Services

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Peer Learning Sessions

Stratégies d’inclusion financière : Les groupes d’épargne et le rôle des promoteurs

Reaching the Hard to Reach: Insights for Working with Female Sex Workers

Achieving SDG1: The Role of Savings Groups in Reaching the Poorest

Making Small-Scale Savings Work with Linkage Banking

Want to Empower a Woman? Provide her with Reproductive Health Access!

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM


4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Debate | Formal Financial Institutions can and should take responsibility for the formation and ongoing support of Savings Groups.



Thursday May 24


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 9:40 AM

Innovation Stations - Round 1

9:50 AM – 10:30 AM

Innovation Stations - Round 2

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Consumer Protection, Inclusion and Women's Empowerment: Initiatives of SEEP's Savings-Led Working Group

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Reflections on SG2018 and Beyond

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM




Friday May 25

Post-Conference Event

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM


9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Savings Groups Technology Fair


CARE's POWER Africa Project Learning Event



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