A recent state of practice report identifies 20social protection policies and programs in sub-Saharan Africa with a Savings Group component. Savings Groups are increasingly promoted by social safety net programs as a safe place to save, build resilience, and support the transition of beneficiaries to stable livelihoods.
Based on the findings of the report, the SEEP Network is facilitating a Peer Learning Group (PLG) to exploretheRole of Savings Groups in Supporting Graduation from Social Safety Nets. The PLG brings together senior government representatives from five countries (Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tanzania) and two partner NGOs (Trickle Up, and The BOMA Project) responsible for the design and implementation of social protection programs that promote Savings Groups.
This webinar will present three examples of social protection programs that are integrating Savings Groups (SGs) to promote formal financial inclusion and support the graduation from social safety nets. Government representatives from Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania will also discuss the challenges and opportunities of linking SG beneficiaries to formal financial institutions.
Aisha Rahamatali, CARE International
As CARE International Regional Advocacy Coordinator in West Africa, Aisha supports the implementation of Women on the Move, a regional initiative focused on the economic, social and political empowerment of women through their participation in Saving Groups, with a key component being scale up through partnerships and advocacy with governments. Aisha works closely with CARE Country Offices and other stakeholders to advance the adoption and implementation of SGs by governments in the region through financial inclusion, gender and social protection policies. She co-authored the recent state of practice report on Savings Groups and the Role of Government in Sub-Saharan Africaand is currently the co facilitator of the SEEP Peer Learning Group on Role of Savings Groups in Supporting Graduation from Social Safety Nets. Previously, Aisha worked as a child rights and women’s rights advocate with several NGOs and the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women.
Vandras Luywa,Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, Government of Zambia
A Social development professional with over 20 years’ experience in Non-governmental organization and the public sector, Vandras is currently working for the Government of the Republic of Zambia in the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services as a Project Manager under the Girl’s Education, Women’s Empowerment and Livelihoods (GEWEL) Project Supported by the World Bank. Until 2016, Vandras worked in the same Ministry as a Manager/ Principal Social Welfare Officer for Zambia’s Social Cash Transfer Program responsible for scaling up the program to the rest of the country. Prior to Joining the Ministry in 2010, Vandras Worked for over 12 years for ChildFund in various capacities which include Area Program Manager, Project Manager and Project Accountant. Vandras is a chartered accountant (ACCA) and holds a degree in Accounting, a master’s degree in Business administration (MBA). Vandras has a Master’s degree in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid.
John Kabutha,National Treasury, Government of Kenya
Nangi Massawe, Central Bank of Tanzania
This webinar is hosted by the SEEP Network in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, Itad, and CARE International.