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SEEP 2012 Annual Conference

SEEP Network

Join us at SEEP 2012 Annual Conference, focused this year on Building Inclusive Markets: Impact Through Financial and Enterprise Solutions. The SEEP conference is the premier practitioner event in the industry, bringing together over 500 professionals representing 250+ organizations from 70 countries. This year, the SEEP Network will host a number of exciting trainings, workshops, and plenary sessions, bringing together the most dynamic and relevant practitioners in the industry. For the first time, SEEP will also host a career fair in microfinance and enterprise development.

Press Release: UNCDF and The MasterCard Foundation Release Initial Findings from Ten Pilot Tests of Financial and Non-financial Services for African Youth

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), YouthSave

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and The MasterCard Foundation today released a new publication titled Assessing New Youth-Focused Products: Pilot Testing Financial and Non-financial Services for Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa. The paper is based on the experiences of 10 financial service providers in Sub-Saharan Africa that are part of YouthStart, and synthesizes key recommendations, technical considerations and best practices when launching new youth-focused services. It was launched at a panel discussion at Making Cents International’s 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference, which was facilitated by YouthStart Program Manager, Maria Perdomo. . The Conference is the biggest international forum on youth financial inclusion.

ASSESSING NEW YOUTH-FOCUSED PRODUCTS: PILOT TESTING FINANCIAL AND NON-FINANCIAL

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), YouthSave

UNCDF launched YouthStart in 2010 in response to the lack of opportunities for the growing population of young people around the world, especially in Africa. To improve financial inclusion of youth, YouthStart supports strong financial service providers (FSPs) in developing, piloting and rolling out financial products focused on low-income youth—with a special focus on savings—and non-financial services (NFS) such as financial education.

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Report

As Good as it Gets? Getting Policy and Regulation to Work for (not against) Youth Financial Services

UNCDF, GCAP, Central of the Philippines, Child and Youth Finance International

This year, at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference organized by Making Cents International, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), the Central Bank of Philippines and Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) are joining forces to share their experiences, insights, and tools for influencing and adapting policies to improve youth access to financial services. 

Broad and Deep: The Extensive Learning Agenda in YouthSave

Center for Social Development

The Center for Social Development leads the learning agenda for the YouthSave Initiative. YouthSave is designed to increase youth savings and related positive outcomes among low-income young people in developing countries, as well as develop on-going in-country capacities in both youth savings and research. The YouthSave learning agenda aims to produce critical knowledge from multiple perspectives to inform the design of savings products, services, and policies targeted for youth, and at the same time provide insight into asset building among youth and their families.

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Paper

Children and Change 2010: Children and Savings

Aflatoun

This report explores the current state of research on the topic of children and savings. It examines the models that Aflatoun promotes to encourage children’s savings and describes – through eight case studies – the best ways in which partners have generated or adapted these models to best serve the children in their program.

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Report

Lessons from SEED: A National Demonstration of Child Development Accounts

Washington University, Center for Social Development

Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Downpayment (SEED) is a policy, practice, research, communication, and
market development initiative designed to test the efficacy of, and inform policy for, a national system of savings
and asset-building accounts for children and youth in the United States. SEED is implementing and studying
inclusive saving in the form of Child Development Accounts (CDAs), established as early as birth and ideally
lasting across the full life course for all Americans. This summary report on SEED is based on CDA experience
with over 1,171 children and their families in 12 states and communities.

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Report

Youth Savings in Developing Countries: Trends in Practice, Gaps in Knowledge

YouthSave Initiative, Center for Social Development

This paper explores the potential of youth savings accounts (YSAs) as an intervention at the nexus of youth development and financial inclusion by reviewing: 1) current evidence on the potential effects of YSAs on these two development goals; 2) current trends in the state of practice on YSAs in developing countries, drawing out any implications for achieving these goals; and 3) what information is still needed before we can fully understand whether and how YSAs could actually achieve this dual potential.

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Paper

Video Interview with Mohamed S. Al-Lai, Al Amal Microfinance Bank, Yemen

Making Cents International

Founder and CEO of Al-Amal Microfinance Bank, Mohamed s. Al-Lai provides a brief overview of the bank, the first in the region to target women and children with savings and loan products. Mohamed addresses identification and collateral challenges the bank had to overcome working with women and youth. Special consideration is given to challenges overcome within the bank, such as youth-training and a redefinition of the notion of risk.

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Video/Audio

Video Interview with David Mukaru, Equity Bank, Kenya

Making Cents International

David Mukaru of Equity Bank outlines the tremendous opportunity for reaching out to 75% of Kenya’s population, youth under 30. In addition to describing the challenges and adaptations Equity Bank underwent to better reach and serve youth, David outlines the business case for offering youth-inclusive financial products by outlining the benefits youth bring to product development and laying the foundation for long-lasting relationships.

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Video/Audio

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