This paper examines the role of finance in the lives of low-income youth with a focus on the opportunities and challenges of offering them savings services. The opportunities and challenges presented, from the perspectives of policy makers and financial service providers, are not necessarily all proven, but rather potential or possible. This is because both the state of practice and the body of evidence on youth savings is still emerging. Throughout, we share examples of the progress of experimental work that is ongoing. Youth are primarily adolescents who are 10–19 years old, though some examples use different definitions.
The Youth Economic Opportunities learning platform is the first community of practice and knowledge exchange portal developed by and for the youth economic opportunities sector. The online portal offers an open and innovative environment for collaborative and dynamic learning and knowledge sharing around the following technical areas and cross-cutting themes: Workforce Development, Financial Services, Enterprise Development, Gender, and Evaluation & Assessment. We are dedicated to: Connecting and sharing knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned; Exchanging the latest resources, jobs, and funding opportunities; and Impacting the world’s 1.8 billion young people.