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85,000 Low-income Youth Open Savings Accounts through YouthSave

May 8, 2014
The YouthSave project announced new results from a five-year program designed to increase saving and asset building among youth in developing countries.

Can 4 Economists Build the Most Economically Efficient Charity Ever?

  • By
  • Dana Goldstein,
  • New America Foundation
December 21, 2012 |

Every holiday season, the vast majority of America's charitable dollars are donated to local religious and educational institutions, or to particular causes, like protecting endangered species or fighting malaria. Very few of us would consider giving large sums of money to poor people and letting them do whatever they want with it.

Surprisingly, it is precisely that type of charity--and government aid--that some economists say is most effective.

Asset Building Podcast: The Young and the Entrepreneurial

December 5, 2012
Zeenat Rahman, the State Department's special adviser on Global Youth Issues and Director of the Office of Global Youth Issues, talks to Global Assets Project Director Jamie Zimmerman about the critical role the under-30 crowd is playing in the global economy, and what we can do to help them achieve their full economic potential. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

From Protection to Investment

  • By
  • Jamie M. Zimmerman,
  • Anjana Ravi,
  • Nicole Tosh,
  • New America Foundation
November 19, 2012

The way governments give aid to citizens in need has changed dramatically in recent years: the estimated number of government-to-person cash payments transferred electronically in 2012 has doubled from 2012 to 2009 — from 25 to 61 percent according to the data of countries examined by the Global Savings and Social Protection Initiative (GSSP).

Accumulating Wealth is related to Youth’s Math Achievement

November 8, 2012
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The link between household wealth and youth’s educational outcomes has been confirmed by numerous research studies, finding that youth tend to do better educationally when their households have more wealth (click here and here for more information). A new paper from the Assets and Education Initiative at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare confirms the relationship between household wealth and math achievement for youth from the U.S. and Ghana. The paper adds a unique contribution to existing research.

From Social Banking to Financial Inclusion: Understanding the Potential for Financial Services Innovation in India

  • By
  • Eric Tyler,
  • Anjana Ravi,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Sunil Bhat, Minakshi Ramji and Anjaneyulu Ballem (MicroSave)
October 29, 2012

When it comes to savings for the poor and financial inclusion efforts, India is a dynamic market ripe for innovation and experimentation. Its extensive web of financial service providers as well as the incidence of large-scale exclusion are contradictory features that also make it a market worth examining.

Upcoming Event: SEEP Annual Conference - Building Inclusive Markets

October 25, 2012
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In less than two weeks, our friends at the SEEP Network will be hosting their Annual Conference focused this year on Building Inclusive Markets: Impact Through Financial and Enterprise Solutions. We’re particularly interested in this year’s conference because half of the plenary sessions are focused on savings.

Investing in Girls

  • By
  • Jamie M. Zimmerman,
  • Nicole Tosh,
  • Jamie Holmes,
  • New America Foundation
October 11, 2012

Over the last decade, anti-poverty initiatives across the developing world have increasingly focused on gender-based strategies, and in particular, on achieving equality and empowerment through gender-focused program innovation. While important progress has been made in the last several years, men still outnumber women in paid employment in almost every region of the developing world, with more women working informally, and in more vulnerable employment positions, than men.

The Simplest Way to End Poverty?

October 8, 2012
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What Does the ‘Business Case’ for Youth Savings Really Mean?

July 6, 2012

Originally posted on youthsave.org.

By Tanaya Kilara, CGAP

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