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Contextual and Financial Assessment of Savings Groups in West Nile, Uganda

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During the period of September to December 2018, VisionFund assessed 215 groups, representing more than 6,700 members in West Nile, Uganda. We have assessed savings and lending activity, the primary sources of income and livelihood activities, and the opportunities and challenges the population faces. Because of the increasing importance of mobile payments, we also looked at the presence of mobile money agents as well as their liquidity in each of the locations (Arua, Adjumani, Moyo and Yumbe).

The assessment report includes results and business opportunities in West Nile that merit providing financial services to host population and refugees, especially in those areas where there is currently limited or no presence of formal financial institutions. Due to the oversight of OPM (Office of the Prime Minister) and UNHCR, as well as the implanting partners (NGOs) in the settlements and villages, we have seen strong support for future investment, capacity building of refugee and host population and a strategic shift from humanitarian response to self-reliance, which includes improving access to financial services and boosting livelihoods and income of families.


Document Information

Document Type Report
Author Martina Crailsheim, Sylvia Nansimbe and Roger Nyakahuma
Year of Publication 2019
Publisher Vision Fund International
Number of Pages 31 pages
Region / Country Africa / Uganda
Primary Language English (en)
Keywords Savings Groups, Financial Inclusion, Savings, Financial Assessment
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