Originally written in 2010, this 2012 case study details the Equity Bank's experience developing youth-friendly financial services in Kenya. Considering the extent of Kenya’s growing youth population, Equity has had to learn to quickly scale-up its financial and non-financial services through a variety of innovative and youth oriented strategies, including increase of and training for staff and mobile banking service delivery channels.
Advocating for Adolescent Girls in Africa & Latin America was presented under the Adolescent Girls and Young Women Track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. This presentation discusses promising practices and concrete programming strategies, including:
Kathmandu, located high in the Himalayas in a bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal, recently provided a dramatic setting for the first of four training sessions on youth financial services provided as part of SEEP’s Reaching Scale in Youth Financial Services Practitioner Learning Program (PLP), which started 2.5 years ago.
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.
These observations are provided by David James-Wilson (Making Cents International), an experienced youth work professional with a 25-year track record in the design and delivery of innovative youth livelihood and non-formal education services. David has managed multi-disciplinary work readiness, education, and enterprise development teams in government and non-government settings; and is well versed in the interplay between government policy, the development and funding of new services, and building the capacity of lead institutions to take innovative youth programs to scale.
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.
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation.
Advancing Integrated Microfinance for Youth—AIM Youth—is a $4.4 million partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. In this three-year initiative, Freedom from Hunger will design, test, and document youth-focused microfinance and financial education services benefitting 37,000 youth in Ecuador and Mali. Young people living in poverty are often expected to contribute financially to the household before they have the resources or knowledge to adequately respond.
MasterCard Foundation, Save the Children, New America Foundation, Center for Social Development, CGAP, Banco Caja Social, HFC, Postbank Kenya, Bank of Kathmandu
YouthSave is a consortium project led by Save the Children in partnership with the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis (CSD), the New America Foundation (NAF), CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), and supported by The MasterCard Foundation. The YouthSave Consortium and its local partners - financial institutions and researchers - are committed to developing, delivering, and testing savings products accessible to low-income youth in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal.