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Accelerating Progress to Ending Hunger & Malnutrition: The Power of Savings for Transformation Groups (S4T)

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Angeline Munzara
IFPRI-FAO conference side event, "Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition"
November 28–30, 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

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Accelerating Progress to Ending Hunger & Malnutrition: The Power of Savings for Transformation Groups (S4T)

  1. 1. Accelerating Progress to Ending Hunger & Malnutrition: The Powerof Savings forTransformation Groups (S4T) AngelineMunzara SeniorExternalEngagementAdvisor&Savings GroupsProjectModelManager WorldVisionInternational Angeline_Munzara@wvi.org 29November,2018 Saving Group: South Dafur
  2. 2. Introduction Saving Group: Uganda • Conflictandclimatechangeinfragilesettingshaveledtoprotracted crises,forcingpopulationsintorefugeeandinternallydisplaced people’scampsanddisruptinglocaleconomies. • Resultinginhighratesof hunger&malnutritionascapacityofparents andcaregiverstoprovidewellfortheirchildrenisreduced. SolutionisHolistic: SDG 2 calls for multi-sectorial responses to addressing hunger and malnutrition. Not only is humanitarian assistance is sufficient to address the challenge. Solutions must bridge the humanitarian and development divide to build resilient and productive societies and end intergenerational cycles of poverty.
  3. 3. Financial Inclusion as part of the solution? Saving Group: Rwanda SDG2:3“By2030,doubletheagriculturalproductivityandincomesofsmall- scalefoodproducers,inparticularwomen,indigenouspeoples,familyfarmers, pastoralistsandfishers,includingthroughsecureandequalaccesstoland, otherproductiveresourcesandinputs,knowledge,financialservices,markets andopportunitiesforvalueadditionandnon-farmemployment.” • Doublingagriculturalproductivityandincomesensuresthatallelementsof foodsecurityaremet(availability;accessibility;affordabilityandcultural compatibility) • Financialinclusionhasaroletoplaytosupportproductivityandincreasing incomes. • 1.7billionadultshavenoaccesstobankingservices(WorldBank,Global FindexIndex2017:MeasuringFinancialInclusionandtheFintech Revolution)
  4. 4. World Vision’s Savings for Transformation Groups as a form of financial inclusion Saving Group: Ethiopia • Peopleorganizedintogroupswheretheysavetogether andaccesssmallloansbasedonVSLAmodel • S4Tworksinallcontextsincludingfragile • Membersorganizedingroupsof15-25 • Noassettransferswithoutrepaymentplanfor sustainabilitypurposes • Thetransformationwewanttosee-improvednutrition; betteraccesstohealthservices,bettereducation
  5. 5. Transitioning from VSLAs to Transformation Groups Total # of groups in 36 countries WV S4T groups #of members Total Reach (beneficiaries) $ value 48 967 14,627 +570 000 22,263, 458 US$12 million CountryCongo Democratic RepublicEthiopia Ghana Kenya Lesotho Malawi Mexico Mongolia MozambiqueMyanmar # membe 5,666 62,676 6,824 6,924 2,016 25,351 1,733 4,582 2,768 20,271 # groups 287 3,200 223 337 128 1,947 149 302 144 932 Niger Philippines Senegal Sierra LeoneSri Lanka Swaziland Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe # membe rs 42,333 56,746 32,295 24,330 598 604 92,035 40,184 31,922 35,876 # groups 1,819 2,621 1,286 986 33 29 3,789 1,541 1,920 4,865 WV Network
  6. 6. The Power of Savings for Transformation Groups to ensure Availability; Accessibility and Affordability of Food in Fragile Contexts • S4TintegrationwithCashTransfers(South Sudan/Somalia/Kenya) • S4Tintegrationwithproducergroups (Rwanda/Ethiopia) • S4Tintegrationwithultrapoorgraduation programming(Bangladesh) • S4Tasaplatformfornutritionandwaterand sanitationeducationpluspeacebuildinginconflict pronecontexts(e.g.Rwanda,Zambiamembers canaffordmedicalaid&inSomalia,SouthSudan, Nigerforpeacebuilding) # groups # members Bangladesh 243 4,812 Kenya 822 16,171 Somalia 127 2,243 Rwanda 6,080 152,414 DRC 505 9,324 Ethiopia 4,419 82,797
  7. 7. Key Messages on the Power of Savings Groups • Caneasilybeappliedinfragilecontextstobuildresilientand productivelivelihoodsofthemostvulnerablecommunities. • Offersabridgebetweenthehumanitariananddevelopment dividetostarttheprocessofemergencyrecoveryforlonglasting foodandnutritionsecurity. • S4Tgroupswhenintegratedasanunderlyingpillarinnutrition sensitivevaluechains,theyhelptoboostagriculturalproductivity ofsmallholderfarmerswhentheyhaveaccesstoagricultural inputsontimeandwhentheyaretaughtonfinancialliteracyand theimportanceofsavingwhentheyselltheirproduce. • Provideaplatformforeducationonnutrition,health,waterand sanitation,peacebuildingetctomembersofthegroup.

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