Welcome to YouthSave

Welcome to YouthSave, a project dedicated to developing and testing savings products accessible to low-income youth in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal. Through this website the YouthSave Consortium will share lessons and build awareness about its work while providing broader information on youth savings accounts around the globe. We encourage you to explore the shared knowledge provided on this website and stay connected with us through this exciting journey. To learn more about YouthSave click here.


Regulatory Environments for Youth Savings in the Developing World: Uptake vs. Usage

Scarlett Aldebot-Green, New America Foundation
Thursday, October 30, 2014

"...even when uptake is facilitated by extensive outreach to youth and by the creation of more flexible regulation regarding identity and control, usage of youth accounts is not as promising as practitioners would hope..."

Regulatory Environments for Youth Savings in the Developing World: Identification and Control

Scarlett Aldebot-Green, New America
Thursday, October 16, 2014

To protect youth and financial institutions, we note that as policies around access and management are made more flexible, there will be a greater need for a solid, protective regulatory framework and adequate oversight.

Regulatory Environments for Youth Savings in the Developing World Blog Series Launch

Scarlett Aldebot-Green, New America
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Creating fertile environments for youth savings at financial institutions in the developing world could certainly lower the threshold of profitability for financial institutions by creating a larger pool of clients or by lowering or subsidizing the cost to financial institutions of doing business with those clients, at least in the short-term. 

Youth-Centered Policy-Making: Balancing Rights and Protections

Scarlett Aldebot-Green, New America Foundation
Friday, August 22, 2014

"those seeking to recommend policies, particularly in the context of a development framework, must be exceptionally calculated in their recommendations and must, at times, acknowledge that, while broad frameworks can create a point of departure, local stake-holders, particularly youth themselves and groups that work closely with youth, might be better positioned to craft context-specific policies that strike the necessary balance between rights and protections."

Analyzing the Business Case for Youth Savings

Tanaya Kilara, CGAP
Barbara Magnoni, President of EA Consultants
Monday, July 21, 2014

Youth under the age of 25 represent almost half of the world’s population today. For financial institutions, they are undoubtedly the clients of tomorrow. Yet many financial institutions steer clear from viewing youth as customers because it is difficult to serve them in a profitable manner. Marketing to these individuals is expensive, young customers generally operate in very small monetary amounts, and parents are their most significant influencers. Instead, financial institutions tend to focus on the more lucrative adult population and the short-term gains that come with that market.

Youth Financial Inclusion: Reframing the Work for a Wider Audience

Scarlett Aldebot-Green, New America Foundation
Thursday, July 17, 2014

“We [need to] make the conscious decision to be on a different trajectory and to never, ever talk about young people as a problem, as a threat, as a vulnerability. The only way that young people would ever fit into any of those categories is if we haven’t done the groundwork to allow them to realize their full potential. And I realize that to some of you in the crowd that sounds like semantics and a whole vocabulary lesson but it’s not. I mean it really has to be about a complete reframing and re-pivoting of how we understand potential and what our responsibility is to unlock that potential for our future—not their future, our future.”

--Suzanne Ehlers, President and CEO, Population Action International, Inaugural Co-Lead, FP2020 Rights and Empowerment Working Group


“Banking on Girls: From Piggy Banks to Savings Accounts”- Should girls be considered a separate segment when designing youth savings programs?

Christina Williams, Save the Children
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Is it more difficult to financially include girls?  Data from some programs seeking to increase girls’ participation in formal savings seems to suggest it might be.1

The Past and Future of YouthSavers in Nepal

Rani Deshpande, Save the Children
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In his own words, 13-year-old Pramod Tamang, a YouthSave participant, tells of changes to his behavior and outlook that led him back into the classroom. 

The End of YouthSave Colombia?

Scarlett Aldebot-Green, New America Foundation
Monday, June 9, 2014


14-year-old Nayid, a YouthSave participant from Santa Rosa, Colombia shares his story in this video

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