Evidence Review of Women's Groups and COVID-19: Impacts, Challenges, and Policy Implications for Savings Groups in Africa
This brief presents emerging evidence from studies in diverse African contexts— with a deep dive into Nigeria and Uganda—on how COVID-19 has affected savings groups and how these groups have helped mitigate the pandemic’s negative consequences in sub-Saharan Africa.
Three key findings emerged from this review:
- Households with a female member in a savings group in Nigeria and Uganda have coped with the crisis better than those not in savings groups.
- Women’s savings groups have shown the potential for resilience during the pandemic.
- Savings groups contributed to community responses and provided women a platform for leadership.