Tools for promoting and measuring inclusiveness

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This tool, developed by CARE, PLAN, and Barclays, outlines good programming principles for Youth Savings Groups and provides insight into their role in improving young people’s income, empowerment, and standard of living.  The principles are the following and may be applied in combination with the Program Quality Guidelines as a complement in Youth-based programming:

  1. Reach young people through young people and in their own space – and expect it to take longer
  2. Consider forming homogenous groups with similar needs
  3. The VSLA methodology works for YSGs – but make some adaptations
  4. Engage with families
  5. Protect young people from the outset
  6. Build needs-based training into programs
  7. Use a social fund to help foster resilience
  8. Link responsibly to formal financial institutions
  9. Foster youth leadership and advocacy
  10. Commit to continuous, participatory, monitoring, evaluation and learning
Progress out of Poverty Index tool

The PPI is a simple, credible tool for measuring household wealth and comparing it to national data. The PPI is statistically-sound, yet simple to use: the answers to 10 questions about a household’s characteristics and asset ownership are scored to compute the likelihood of the household  living below the poverty line – or above by only a narrow margin. It requires an investment in training trainers in its use, and it produces large sets of data that must be entered and analyzed. It also requires a large sample to attain statistical significance; sample size calculation procedures are outlined on the website. Many projects have used the tool at the time of group formation. Since SGs often target poor areas, a control sample of non-members should be interviewed at about the same time so that PPI data will measure inclusion of the relatively poor within the community.

Household Resiliency Index: Guide for measuring household economic resiliency

Global Communities in Rwanda has developed a guide for assessing the poverty of people in Savings Groups or other groups, and gives simple indicators and proxy indicators. It also gives suggestions as to the sort of intervention that is appropriate for different levels of poverty. While some of it is a Rwanda-centric, it is very carefully thought out and worthy of consideration in other contexts.


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Quality of Delivery Study

FSD Kenya conducted a massive door-to-door study, which found among other things strong correlations between trainer incentives and group outcomes. The findings are instructive, and the instruments used can be useful for agencies planning similar research.

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