In 2019, SEEP convened a Peer Learning Group (PLG) comprised of both government and civil society social protection programs to explore the Role of Savings Groups in Supporting Graduation from Social Safety Nets. Members of the PLG, as listed in the acknowledgements, included representatives from the governments of Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Senegal as well as two nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) – Trickle Up (working in the Sahel region, with the governments of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal) and The BOMA Project (working in Northern Kenya and Uganda). Over a period of nine months, PLG members consolidated their collective knowledge and experience, and explored common questions relevant to the integration and expansion of SGs within social safety net policies and programming.
PLG members identified mentorship as a priority area of inquiry for learning how to most efficiently and effectively design and deliver graduation programs across different contexts. The following learning brief reflects the group’s exploration of this question, which included consideration of the interactions between the mentorship/coaching and savings elements of graduation and opportunity areas for future learning and testing.