To learn more about the organizations mentioned in In Their Own Hands and to continue the conversation surrounding the savings group revolution, you can find further information from the following list of resources. Where possible, we linked directly to the organization’s work on savings-led microfinance.
Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, Oxfam America works with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change.
Freedom from Hunger brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Together with local partners, Freedom from Hunger equips families with resources they need to build futures of health, hope, and dignity.
The Strømme Foundation is a Norwegian international development organization that helps poor people in the global South climb out of poverty through microfinance and education.
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productivelives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—espe- cially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportuni- ties they need to succeed in school and life.
Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) is a unique academic research unit within the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. BARA’s mission is to place anthropology at the service of contemporary society, prepare the next generation of professional anthropologists, advance knowledge of the human condition, and address the pressing issues of local communities. BARA faculty and affiliates carry out research, teaching, and outreach activities within Arizona, throughout the country, and internationally.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. IPA designs and evalu- ates programs in real contexts with real people and provides hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale.
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) focuses on a small number of specific development problems by forming intellectual and financial partner- ships with organizations that share its objectives. Most of the founda- tion’s grants are made to grassroots organizations testing innovative approaches in the field. With a small staff, a host of cooperating agen- cies, and thousands of volunteers, the Aga Khan Foundation reaches out to vulnerable populations on four continents, irrespective of their race, religion, political persuasion, or gender.
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, end gender-based violence, provide health- care and nutrition, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, and protect natural resources.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was founded in 1943 to service World War II survivors in Europe. CRS works to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although its mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, its operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity. Since 1943, CRS has expanded in size to reach more than one hundred million people in ninety-one countries on five continents.
The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) is a global partnership of thirty-four leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to responsible market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to increase access to the financial services the poor need to improve their lives.
Plan International is an international, child-centered development organization working with seventy-eight million children in fifty developing countries across the world to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.
The Center on Social Innovation and Finance (CSIF) at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire conducts rigorous and timely research on sustainable community development and supports training and research initiatives on the impact of savings groups to increase financial inclusion for poor people and communities. Carsey has been a leader in training for savings groups practitio- ners, offering workshops through its Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP) in Southern, East and West Africa since 2004 and co-organized the first global summit of savings groups practitioners in Arusha, Tanzania attended by more than 260 practitio- ners from 51 countries.
The Savings Group Information Exchange (SAVIX) is a reporting system that provides transparent and stan- dardized data on savings group programs worldwide. The SAVIX’s goal is to facilitate analysis and improve program results by comparing regional, country, project, and trainer performance.
The Savings Revolution blog is a forum for practitioners of savings groups to develop and exchange ideas on savings groups and financial inclusion. Launched in January 2011, the site has built an online library of more than one hundred documents related to savings groups, hosted in coordination with the Savings-Led Working Group of SEEP, as well as numerous podcasts, videos, and photos.The SEEP Network is a global network of more than 120 international practitioner organizations dedicated to combating poverty through promoting inclusive markets and financial systems. SEEP represents the largest and most diverse network of its kind, composed of international development organizations and global, regional, and country-level practitioner networks that promote market development and financial inclusion. Members are active in 170 countries and support nearly ninety million entrepreneurs and their families.
The Globalization and Sustainable Development Program at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) carries out policy research to further just and sustainable international trade and development. Priority research areas include the global food crisis, foreign investment, China’s role in Latin America, and reforming US trade policies.