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 SGConference@seepnetwork.org 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
2) Transferable lessons
3) Collection and use of evidence
4) Diversity of perspectives
5) Contribution to conference and track themes
6) Next-Generation Ideas
7) Session Formats
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!
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 SGConference@seepnetwork.org.
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.
> 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
September 27 – October 25
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.
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.
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.
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.
A copy of all materials that will be used in your session (including presentations, videos, and any handouts) must be finalized and submitted to SGConference@seepnetwork.org 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 SGConference@seepnetwork.org.