YouthSave develops, delivers, and tests savings products accessible to low-income youth in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal.

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When YouthSave began, a third of the global population was under the age of 19. With 90 percent of these young people living in developing countries, and 45 percent living on less than two dollars per day, there were more youth than ever who needed support, tools, and opportunities to become productive, contributing adults.

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podcast | March 05, 2015 | Youthsave
THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF BANKED YOUTH

THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF BANKED YOUTH

Who They Are and How They Save

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Despite the fact that those in the international development field increasingly look at youth financial inclusion as a viable intervention for youth economic development, little data has existed on whether, how, and which youth would save if given the opportunity to do so in a savings account at a bank ...

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article | March 04, 2015 | Youthsave
Life Poa -

Life Poa - "Good Life"

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Life Poa is Kiswahili slang for "good life," meaning a good quality life. It is also the name of K-Note's financial capability program. In partnership with the YouthSave project, Life Poa participants were offered access to bank accounts. Some participating youth were energized, with support from their mentors and ...

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article | February 18, 2015 | Youthsave
We Know what happens when you give a girl a savings account

We Know what happens when you give a girl a savings account

Scarlett Aldebot-Green

While the premise of the post is based on ideas grounded in solid research regarding the ways interventions targeted at girls may break the cycle of poverty in communities, the portion of the post that discussed girls in the context of financial inclusion lacked on-point and extensive evidentiary basis.

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article | October 27, 2014 | Youthsave
YouthSave Kenya Video

YouthSave Kenya Video

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Statistics show children who save money are more likely to set goals for their future, do better in school, and less likely to engage in risky behaviors. YouthSave teaches kids from low-income communities how to save their money. Here's the story of 13-year-old Mercy, a YouthSave participant from Naivasha, Kenya.

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podcast | September 10, 2014 | Youthsave
The Business Of Banking Youth

The Business Of Banking Youth

Can youth savings in the developing world be good social policy and make business sense for banks? New America Senior Policy Analyst Scarlett Aldebot-Green and guest, Tanaya Kilara, a Financial Sector Analyst for the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, discuss a new framework that helps financial institutions decide whether ...

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article | August 22, 2014 | Youthsave
Youth-Centered Policy-Making: Balancing Rights and Protections

Youth-Centered Policy-Making: Balancing Rights and Protections

Scarlett Aldebot-Green

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.

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article | July 21, 2014 | Youthsave
Analyzing the Business Case for Youth Savings

Analyzing the Business Case for Youth Savings

Barbara Magnoni Tanaya Kilara

For financial service providers looking to offer savings products to young clients while still making a profit, there are factors at three levels that affect profitability: the market level, the institutional level, the client-segment level.

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