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Request for Proposals for Peer Learning Sessions

SG2020: The Future of Savings Groups will offer a platform for attendees to connect, engage and learn from each other about the challenges and opportunities they face in supporting Savings Groups worldwide. We invite experienced SG practitioners to propose a dynamic and interactive Peer Learning Session, highlighting their learnings or exploring common themes and challenges within one or more of the technical tracks.

Peer Learning Sessions will fill 40-minute and 90-minute slots of concurrent sessions and offer one of the most dynamic ways to engage with conference participants during the event.

All SG practitioners are encouraged to submit a session proposal. Kindly note that SEEP Members will be given priority consideration.

The Session Chair is responsible for the planning and execution of the session, must be present during the session, and may also contribute as a speaker.

As you develop your session proposal, you are encouraged to focus on a compelling topic or issue and incorporate diverse perspectives and lessons learned – as opposed to promoting a single program, tool, or resource. The session description should focus on the problem statement, learning objectives, evidence of impact, and format.

The SG2020 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) – comprised of representatives from donors, SEEP member organizations, SEEP staff and other sector stakeholders – will review session proposals and select those that best meet the selection criteria outlined in this document. Once a proposal has been accepted, TAC members will work with the Session Chair to better align sessions with conference requirements, which may include adjustments to session content, speakers and format.

To submit a proposal, the Session Chair must fully complete the online Session Proposal Form. The respective deadlines to submit for SEEP members and non-members are below. Please reach out to us via email at with any questions or concerns you may have.

Non-members: September 13, 11:59 PM US EDT
SEEP members: September 27, 11:59 PM US EDT

The SG2020 Technical Advisory Committee will evaluate all submissions using the following criteria: 

1)    Opportunity for learning

  • Learning objectives should represent important and unique contributions to the existing knowledge base within the sector.
  • Sessions should center on key learning questions that are potentially applicable to broader audiences, especially practitioners.
  • Proposals should provide convincing insight into specific problems and their respective solutions, drawing lessons that can influence practice and – when possible – policy-making, donor strategies, investors, and research agendas.

2)    Transferable lessons

  • You are encouraged to draw upon lessons of failure as well as success and should emphasize how your solution may be transferable to a variety of contexts.
  • Proposals should describe how many people are affected by the interventions or activities, directly and indirectly, and detail proven or potential pathways to replication, scaling up, and the likelihood of sustainable market system change.

3)    Collection and use of evidence

  • Preference will go to sessions that show data and evidence obtained through robust monitoring and results measurement, including appropriate qualitative, quantitative or mixed method research methodologies.

4)    Diversity of perspectives

  • Session participants should offer a rich variety of perspectives. Generally, this requires drawing from the experience of more than one organization, type of organization, country, region, gender, etc.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that incorporate individuals involved in direct implementation of programs or field-based research.

5)    Contribution to conference and track themes

  • Proposals must demonstrate how they advance a strong and coherent learning agenda around the learning questions and illustrative session topics identified in the track description.

6)    Next-Generation Ideas

  • Proposals are encouraged to design sessions that go beyond highlighting projects and technical learning. These sessions should pose to attendees the hard questions and bold provocations that will lead to a discussion of practice, culture, failure, and ultimately next-generation pursuits aligned with track themes.

7)    Session Formats

  • Sessions proposals will be reviewed for their use of creative technologies, audience interface, justification for proposed session format, and overall participant experience and learning outcomes.

Your creativity will help construct a dynamic and stimulating learning agenda that engages all conference participants!

There is no standard session format for SG2020. Instead, we strongly encourage the use of innovative session formats and effective methodologies for adult learning and collaboration. We’re looking for inspiration, not just another long PowerPoint lecture! Sessions should be highly interactive and foster an effective learning environment for participants.

Examples of creative and interactive sessions formats are provided below. We also encourage the use of ice breakers, digital polling tools, video and photography, gamification, participant-led sessions, experiential learning, and anything that gets people moving and literally thinking on their feet. Show us what you have to offer!

  1. 20 Interactive Conference Ideas and Formats
  2. Alternative Learning Formats
  3. Preparing for a TED-like Talk
  4. 9 Super Creative Formats to Make Your Next Meeting More Impactful

Can I submit multiple session proposals for consideration?

Yes, we accept (and encourage!) experienced professionals to submit multiple session proposals, whether within the same or different technical tracks. Please note that each proposal must be submitted separately and meet all criteria described in this document.

Can I chair multiple peer learning sessions?

No, an individual can chair only one session during the conference. However, s/he may participate in a second session as a speaker.

What scholarship opportunities are available?

Depending on available funding, a limited number of partial scholarships may be available to participants based on need. Preference will be given to participants from non-OECD countries, SEEP members, and to those who have not received a scholarship for previous Global Savings Groups Conferences. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that a scholarship will be awarded.

If you require a scholarship to host or contribute to a peer learning session at SG2020, kindly indicate this explicitly within your proposal.

By when do I (and my co-presenters) need to register?

As soon as possible! Please note that registration will be capped for SG2020 due to limited capacity, and SEEP is not able to make exceptions for late registrants. All speakers are required to complete their registration and pay the appropriate conference fees by December 20, 2019.

I have an idea for a session, but I need additional panelists. What do I do?

If you would like assistance with your proposal, including but not limited to support identifying potential speakers and organizations engaged in similar activities, please feel free to contact us at

Please be considerate of the time it takes to coordinate this outreach and send us your request no later than August 30, for both SEEP non-members and members.

SEEP members have an extra two weeks to submit a proposal.  How can I get more time?

Apply for SEEP Membership! The extended deadline of September 27 is available to all SEEP members in good standing and any organization with an open application for membership.

For further details about benefits, eligibility criteria, dues and more, visit our website or write to

> Launch of Call for Proposals
> Deadline to reach out to SEEP for assistance
> Non-member deadline for proposal submissions
> SEEP Member deadline for proposal submissions
> Review of proposal submissions
> Notification of proposal acceptance or rejection
> Deadline to confirm all session speakers
> Deadline for session speakers to register
> Notification of session time and location
> Final presentations, session materials, and any special A/V requests due

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Session Chair
The Session Chair is the main contact for all communications regarding the selected proposal and the Peer Learning Session. S/he must ensure compliance with these policies, and that all session-presenters are aware of their responsibilities, including deadlines. The Chair commits to working with SEEP Staff and the Technical Advisory Committee if any changes need to be made to the proposed session.

Conference Registration 
All presenters will be required to register and pay for their participation in the conference. Presenters get a 15% discount but need to register as soon as possible to avoid hitting registration at capacity. Once you confirm the final presenters, we will provide them with a registration code.

Unconfirmed Presenters 
Session Chairs must confirm their speakers by December 6. Speakers who have not registered and paid their registration fee by December 20 risk exclusion from the session. 

Session Duration and Scheduling 
SEEP will determine the final scheduling of all sessions. By submitting your proposal, you are agreeing to be available for your assigned 40 or 90-minute time slot during the conference. You will be notified of your scheduled slot and room assignment no later than January 31.

Session Content 
The Chair assumes full responsibility for the design and quality of the session, the coordination of all session presenters, and the session delivery. Furthermore, s/he must ensure that the session learning objectives reflect those which were specified in the original proposal submission, with content refinements as advised by the Technical Advisory Committee.

Session Materials
A copy of all materials that will be used in your session (including presentations, videos, and any handouts) must be finalized and submitted to by February 7. Please bring enough copies of any handouts with you to the conference.

To submit a proposal, please fully complete the online Request for Proposals form by September 13 or September 27, for SEEP non-members and members respectively.

Kindly make sure that you have carefully read the preceding pages of this document before submitting a proposal. If you have any questions or difficulty completing the application, please email us at



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