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Publications by benjamin s. allen, ph.d.
How SILCs Have Responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Learning from surveys in Latin America and Africa
This study presents the results of two surveys conducted with representatives of 844 CRS Savings and Internal Lending...More
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Savings and Internal Lending Communities, or SILC, model is based on an innovative fee-for-service delivery channel that trains and certifies Private Service Providers (PSPs), local social entrepreneurs who form and train Savings Groups for a fee paid by the group...More
Savings Groups and Consumer Protection: How Savings Groups Responded to Insecurity and Theft in Madagascar
For millions of financially excluded individuals worldwide, Savings Groups offer the opportunity to save and borrow small amounts of cash in a convenient, accessible and generally safe manner. But a recent risk assessment of Savings Groups in Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Rwanda and Tanzania,...More