Microfinance, savings and social cash transfers

Projects we have conducted in the microfinance, savings and social cash transfer sector:

Opportunity International Canada, Ghana: This study evaluated the impact of the Global Affairs Canada Financial Inclusion for Enterprise Development (GAC FINEDEV) project in Ghana. This project aimed to increase access to formal financing, create business-to-business linkages and networking opportunities particularly for small SMEs, women and vulnerable groups – with the end goal of contributing to the empowerment of women and girls in Ghana. The study included key informant interviews, a literature review, a staff survey and 48 QuIP interviews with loan customers. June – September 2022.

Opportunity International UK, Ghana: Final evaluation of the DFID-funded programme ‘Roots of Change: Increasing the economic empowerment of women in Ghana and the DRC through rural financing’. 48 individual interviews and 8 focus groups. September – November 2021.

Opportunity International UK, Ghana: Mid-term evaluation of the DFID-funded programme ‘Roots of Change: Increasing the economic empowerment of women in Ghana and the DRC through rural financing’. 48 individual interviews and 8 focus groups. Carried out by Bath SDR between June – September 2020.

 

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Oxford Policy Management, Tanzania, Zambia and Ghana: Evaluation of the Savings at the Frontier programme (SatF) run by Oxford Policy Management and the Mastercard Foundation. This series of qualitative impact evaluation studies looked into the effects of series of financial innovations designed to link informal savings mechanisms (ISMs) with formal financial services (FFS) under the Savings at the Frontier (SatF) programme. Research in all three countries was conducted between 2019 – 2022. A final summary report can be viewed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Concern Worldwide, Malawi: Evaluation of Concern Worldwide’s Graduation Programme. The Graduation Programme is a multi-dimensional programme that tackles social exclusion, particularly on the basis of gender and social status, as well as increasing the capacity of the extreme poor to develop sustainable livelihoods in the context of increasing vulnerability to climate shocks. Round 1 – 24 interviews, 4 focus groups. Round 2 – 48 interviews, 8 focus groups. Round 3 – 48 interviews, 8 focus groups. Carried out by Bath SDR between March – May 2018, September – December 2020, and October 2021 – January 2022.

 

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AgDevCo, Uganda: Exploring the impact of formal employment for female field officers working for a local agricultural development company in the East Acholi region. 36 individual interviews and 4 focus groups. Carried out by Bath SDR between October – December 2020.

AgDevCo, Uganda: Understanding the impact of support and training provided to VSLAs through a local agricultural development company in the East Acholi region. 48 individual interviews and 8 focus groups. Carried out by Bath SDR between November 2019 – January 2020. A summary report can be viewed here.

 

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Habitat for Humanity International, India: Housing microfinance impact evaluation of Habitat for Humanity‘s MBIND MFI financial products and services project in Southern India. Impact assessment and institutional assessment. 72 interviews and 8 focus groups across two microfinance institutions in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, India. Carried out by Bath SDR and M-CRIL between September 2016 – April 2017. Habitat for Humanity published their own report which you can read here.