The Global Savings Groups Conference Series is a biennial conference that engages a large and diverse community of stakeholders. The event develops and promotes improved standards of practice, mobilizes knowledge, strengthens partnerships and alliances, and creates opportunities for cross-organizational learning.
Since 2011, SEEP has been an active contributor to the Global Savings Groups Conference Series. Each event in this series has also served as a catalyst to increase the scale, sustainability and impact of Savings Groups in the host country – and region. SG2015, in Zambia, was the third event in the series and engaged close to 400 participants representing 147 organizations from 44 countries.
The SEEP Network is delighted to host SG2018: The Power of Savings Groups, in collaboration with Conference partners. SG2018 will take place in Rwanda, on May 22-24, and 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 – including VSLAs, SHGs, indigenous savings groups, and other forms of community-based microfinance – worldwide. In this pursuit, SEEP encourages greater use of a wide range of innovative session structures and methodologies that build on emerging and accepted best practices in learning and the dissemination of innovations.
A special thank you to our local partner, Access to Finance Rwanda, for their support of SG2018: The Power of Savings Groups.
The conference agenda will be organized around four technical tracks:
1. Systemic Approaches to Increase Scale, Sustainability and Impact
2. Access to Formal Financial Services
3. Expanding Outreach to More Vulnerable and Diverse Populations
4. Savings Groups and Gender-transformative Initiatives
SEEP is a global learning network composed of 120 member organizations active in more than 170 countries. Founded in 1985, SEEP was a pioneer in the micro-credit movement and helped build the foundation of the financial inclusion efforts of today. In the last three decades, our members have continued to develop, test and expand innovative strategies that promote inclusion, develop competitive markets, and enhance livelihoods opportunities for the world’s poor.
SEEP is committed to combatting poverty through inclusive financial systems; and over the last decade, Savings Groups have emerged as a key strategy in advancing SEEP’s goals of promoting access to finance in underserved markets.