Savings Groups in the Age of COVID

As mobility is restricted and markets falter, the COVID-19 pandemic poses crucial health and economic risks for Savings Groups. As most members are women, they are likely to be disproportionately affected by the health crisis, including additional burdens as primary caregivers, as well as increased risk of intimate partner and sexual violence.

In a recent guidance note, the SEEP Network considers how best to support Savings Groups and their members during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to effectively engage Savings Groups in community-level response efforts.

Three months into the global pandemic, what is being done to mitigate the impact of the health crisis on Savings Groups and their communities? How are Savings Groups and the organizations that work with them adapting – and to what effect? And how are they planning to build back better, such that both Savings Groups and the programs that support them are more resilient to future crises?

Watch this webinar recording with CARE, Catholic Relief Services and the International Rescue Committee to explore their response and recovery efforts related to Savings Groups, including health messaging, the integration of new technologies, cash and voucher assistance, new and potential partnerships, and more.


  • marc bavois, Senior Technical Advisor for Microfinance, Catholic Relief Services.
  • Stefanie Leigh Plant, Technical Advisor for Enterprise Development and Employment, International Rescue Committee.
  • Grace Majara, Senior Technical Advisor for Financial Inclusion in Uganda, CARE.
  • Veyrl Adell, Senior Technical Advisor for Financial Inclusion in Kenya, CARE.
  • Moderator: David Panetta, Program Director, Savings Groups, The SEEP Network.

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