Financial Capabilities

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


Saving Themselves: Why Young People Are Asking for Better Savings Services

Rani Deshpande, Save the Children
Friday, October 11, 2013

"Skepticism about young people’s savings is compounded by the fact that many of them are not (or shouldn’t be) working. So how could children and youth – especially from low-income families – possibly save money?"

Big Questions for the Youth Financial Inclusion Field: A Roundup From the 2013 YouthSave Annual Meeting

Rani Deshpande, Save the Children
Thursday, October 3, 2013

"But the 'meta-conversation' that developed [focused on what the data] tells us about...whether millions more youth...have the chance to build savings in the future."


Why Kenya Needs a Youth Financial Capability Policy

Corrinne Ngurukie, Save the Children
Friday, September 27, 2013

“The most effective way to influence positive financial behavior is when you put tools in the hands of young people – giving them the chance to own and operate an account.”

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