Nathan is proud to chair a Peer Learning Session at SG2020, the latest conference in the Global Savings Groups Conference Series organized by The SEEP Network.
There is strong evidence that Savings Groups expand access to finances for women and contribute to asset accumulation and increase investment. Thus, Savings Groups are commonly promoted as an economic strengthening strategy within women’s empowerment programming.
There is, however, a need to better understand the pathways between Savings Groups and women’s empowerment, and to expand monitoring and results measurement frameworks beyond short-term, economic outcomes. Social empowerment has intrinsic value, and the economic gains achieved by women in Savings Groups may be limited, or unsustainable, within inequitable gender structures.
This session will:
• Highlight current discourse on empowerment barriers and opportunities for gender transformative financial inclusion
• Review evidence on the contribution of Savings Groups to various domains of women’s empowerment
• Share practical experience of implementing and monitoring empowerment initiatives.
• Emphasize good practices, indicators, and tools for the effective design and measurement of women’s empowerment outcomes.
Katherine Rickard, Nathan Associates London Ltd | Thomas de Hoop, American Institutes for Research