Innovations in Savings Group Programming for Women's Empowerment

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This event, hosted by Global Communities, explored innovations in savings group programming that have the potential to transform unequal gender norms, reduce violence, strengthen women's digital and financial inclusion and expand the benefits of savings groups for members with limited literacy and numeracy.

Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 9:30 to 11 a.m. EST

French interpretation was provided for this event.

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Tune into the recording to dive into the presentations from our diverse panel of experts representing Global Communities, CARE, Equimundo, My Oral Village, Grameen Foundation, VisionFund International, and Women for Women International. Learn more about the digitization of savings groups, oral recordkeeping solutions, linkages to formal finance, and engaging men as allies of women's economic empowerment.

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Julia Arnold (Moderator)

Independent Consultant

Mabel Bejarano Cobo

Global Technical Advisor for Savings Groups and Women´s Empowerment
Global Communities

Rachel Boketa

Country Director, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Women for Women International

Hilawit Gebrehanna

Senior Technical Advisor, Social Norms

Bindi Jhaveri

Senior Technical Advisor, Financial Services
Grameen Foundation

Dennis Mello

Acting Sr. Director, Gender Equality, Youth and Social Inclusion
Global Communities

David Myhre

Director for Partnerships
My Oral Village

Neema Shayo

FAST Product Manager, Tanzania
VisionFund International

Melissa Wong Oviedo

Sr. Program Officer


9:30 – 9:35
Opening Remarks
Dennis Mello, Global Communities

9:35 – 9:50
Overview of Global Communities’ Innovations in Savings Groups Programming
Mabel Bejarano Cobo, Global Communities

9:50 – 9:55
Introduction to the Presenters and Topics
Julia Arnold, Independent Consultant & Moderator

9:55 – 10:25
Panel 1 – Understanding Context: Keys to Achieving Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in the Digital Age

Journeys of Transformation: Engaging Men as Allies of Women's Economic Empowerment
Melissa Wong Oviedo, Equimundo

Addressing Harmful Social Norms to Prevent Violence against Women
Hilawit Gebrehanna, CARE USA

Oral Information Management for Savings Groups
David Myhre, My Oral Village

10:25 – 10:55
Panel 2 – Designing Solutions for a Digital World: Facilitating Access for Excluded Communities

Refugee Finance: Building an Enabling Digital Financial Services Ecosystem for Refugee Success
Bindi Jhaveri, Grameen Foundation

Financial Acceleration of Savings Group Transformation (FAST)
Neema Shayo, VisionFund International

Micro Health Insurance and Savings Groups
Rachel Boketa, Women for Women International

10:55 – 11:00
Closing Remarks