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Learning Briefs | June 14, 2023

Innovating for Resilience

Learnings from a Community Research and Design Project with SILC Groups in Northeastern Nigeria

There is growing evidence that savings groups can be an essential source of financial resilience,  particularly with regards to absorptive resilience capacity – helping buffer shocks by providing both financial support and social capital. Beyond their classic financial functions, CRS‘ Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) have shown the potential to embrace innovation – from integrating gender and social cohesion programming, to SILC private service providers (PSPs) building a supply chain for agricultural inputs and access to the market, to SILC members encouraging each other to purchase health microinsurance – and may become sources of adaptive and transformative capacities as well.

In this research, set within the CRS STaR project in Northeastern Nigeria, we used a participatory research and design approach to explore financial resilience with SILC group members and field agents.