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Fact Sheet | July 23, 2018

MOBILE MONEY LINKAGES PILOT

A Case Study of a Mobile Money Linkages Pilot in Uganda as Part of Expanding Financial Inclusion (EFI) in Africa (summary)

This 2-pager summarizes the result of a study titled "Mobile Money Linkages Pilot: A CASE STUDY OF A MOBILE MONEY LINKAGES PILOT IN UGANDA AS PART OF EXPANDING FINANCIAL INCLUSION (EFI) IN AFRICA."  The EFI Project in Uganda provided a unique opportunity to enhance and expand the range of services available to new and existing members engaged in informal savings groups. The CRS Uganda SILC program provided a strong foundation to experiment with the facilitation of formal long-term savings products using mobile money platforms, supported by program scale.

EFI was a 4-year project whose core goal was to ensure that vulnerable households experienced greater financial inclusion to improve their resilience. To this end, EFI formed savings groups using CRS' Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) and Private Service Provider (PSP) methodologies in Burkina Faso, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia. The EFI project aimed to create 19,200 new SILC groups with 502,320 members and had targeted its areas of operation using financial exclusion criteria; criteria which may well stand as a strong proxy for poverty. To try to bring in poorer households, EFI made critical adjustments to the SILC methodology, known collectively as the "Pro-Poor Package" (PPP) and contrasted with "Normal" SILC programming. The PPP adjustments included, for example, training PSPs to identify and mobilize poor households, replacing a minimum savings with a "target" savings, removing fines for failure to save and reducing the pressure to take loans.

Other research reports related to this project are available here.