Applying a Market Systems Approach to Savings Groups

Analysis of the weaknesses of the current Savings Group system and a proposal for improvement

This learning brief proposes the application of the market systems approach to support the development of a well-functioning system where Savings Groups effectively reach all those who seek participation. Equally important, it proposes an agenda for sector stakeholders moving forward, envisaging a new role for development agencies through active coordination and proactive experimentation in the formation and operations of Savings Groups.

The primary audience of this learning brief is development actors, who perform two key functions in the sector: funding and facilitation. The paper’s secondary audience includes other stakeholders seeking to establish a sustainable Savings Group system including local governments, financial service providers and other service providers.

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By Joanna Ledgerwood & Diane Johnson