PQGs: Share your Story!

As you know, the Savings-Led Working Group (SLWG) officially launched the Program Quality Guidelines (PQGs) at the SG2015 conference in Zambia back in November, 2015. Since then, we have received numerous emails on how our members are spreading the word to partners, peers, and donors in some of the most inspiring and innovative ways! We want to use this space to recognize your dedication and creativity!

So please post your experience about sharing the PQGs! It could be a short paragraph about your meeting, a reflection on participant’s observations, a motivating  quote, a picture, or whatever you feel!

And if you have not already shared the PQGs, remember that it is easy: schedule a meeting with your partners, organize a game using our learning tools, talk about the PQGs at the water cooler, hold a webinar—anything is fair game!

And remember we will be giving out a complimentary registration to the 2016 SEEP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. to the organization/individual with the most posts!**

So start sharing today!

**The complimentary registration for the winning post will cover the registration cost for one entry to AC2016 (value of up to $1000); winner will be responsible for any travel and accommodation costs. 

7 Comments

  • Eloisa Devietti, SLWG co-facilitator

    April 11, 2016 at 5:52 pm Reply

    Co-organized by the SLWG with the support of member organizations–PCI, CRS, Oxfam, FSD– we held, between May and November 2015, a number of in-country meetings to validate the content of the PQGs. Practitioners gathered in El Salvador, Guatemala, Senegal, and Zambia and provided valuable feedback to the PQGs that was included in subsequent drafts. We feel these exercises contributed to making the guidelines a document that is truly representative of the SG sector.

    Organizations participating in the in-country validations included: Oxfam, Freedom from Hunger, PCI, PACT, Village Banking, CRS, Plan Senegal, Plan International, Child Fund, Caritas, Solidariedad, FUNDESA, Trickle Up, FIFADES.

  • Lauren Sheard

    May 24, 2016 at 10:15 am Reply

    Each year, HOPE International gathers its program leaders from around the world for a conference, partly to discuss best practices and advances in the fields of savings and microfinance. This year, we held a session on the PQGs where we utilized the SEEP-provided learning activity. Participants had fun reading about the various elements and matching them to the correct principles. We made a game out of it by giving a prize to the team with the most correctly-placed elements. We then proceeded to discuss how these principles apply to the work HOPE is already doing, and ideas for ways we can improve.

    The session on the PQGs was a great opportunity for our field staff to learn from the work of the SLWG and be reminded of one of the most important things in our work– safeguarding the well-being of our savings group members and their assets.

    • Eloisa Devietti, SLWG co-facilitator

      August 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm Reply

      Thank you Josh, Phil and Lauren for sharing your experience with the PQGs. It is great to hear that the material provided was useful in making a game of the PQGs that also led to some good discussions around member well-being. And I am especially excited you had the opportunity to share the PQGs with your field staff, as they are at the center of implementation! I look forward to discussing how to take these forward and continue collaborating.

  • Phil Smith

    May 24, 2016 at 11:32 am Reply

    Great experience walking through this with the HOPE International global network. Excellent content and learning as we continue to refine and strengthen our tools!

  • Josh Meyer

    May 25, 2016 at 8:22 am Reply

    At HOPE International’s 2016 leadership summit held in Lancaster, PA we had a session on SLWG’s program quality guidelines for savings groups using the interactive training materials provided SEEP. During this conference we had a diverse group of head office & field leaders in addition to several organizational support representatives that attended to learn more about best practices in design, implementation, monitoring and exit strategy of savings group programs. It was a very valuable exercise for our organization as we spent time assessing our current operations against industry best practices, and looked for strengths and opportunities in our current design and implementation of savings groups. I’m very much looking forward to continuing the conversations we started in that session with our global leaders as we continue to assess, refine and improve our operations around the world.

  • Gabriëlle Athmer

    August 10, 2016 at 8:16 am Reply

    As independent consultant based in the Netherlands, I had the chance to promote the PQGs in various ways; I started by integrating them in a 5-day training in Mozambique for several (N)GOs on SG promoters’ good practices (had the PQSs translated into Portuguese); I had the PQSs distributed to about 80 participants of a SG conference in Mozambique (Forum dos Operadores das ASCAs); I have used the PQSs game as facilitator of a SG workshop in the Netherlands for Oxfam staff and partners from Africa, Asia and Latin America; and during a product development process with SHG facilitating agencies and an MFI in Ethiopia, I have shared Principle 6, concerning linkages with Financial Service Providers. I am confident that the PQGs, if used, will contribute to the improvement of SG programs’ quality. And it is fun to share the PQGs, as in my experience SG practitioners and donor organizations find them very useful!

    • Eloisa Devietti, SLWG co-facilitator

      August 15, 2016 at 12:10 pm Reply

      Thank you for your post, Gabrielle, and for all the work you have done with disseminating the PQGs. It is nice to hear they have been useful and fun!! And I am so amazed by all the organizations and countries you have reached!

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