Savings groups and consumer protection: government regulation, rules and guidelines

What role do governments play in protecting Savings Groups as financial service providers and their members as financial consumers? This brief paper assesses emerging government efforts to regulate and register Savings Groups in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most of the regulatory developments identified in this report are quite recent and formal evaluations of their impact are not yet available. Despite the limited evidence, the trend merits further discussion: the regulation of Savings Groups has important implications for market and development actors, and the rights and responsibilities of groups and members.

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