University of Lusaka

Country Coordinator, Country-based Researcher

Organizational Description:

University of Lusaka (UNILUS) is a private university founded in 2007 in Lusaka, Zambia. It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Key Person:

Kapambwe Lumbwe is a lecturer at the University of Lusaka in Zambia

Carsey School of Public Policy (University of New Hampshire), United States of America

Transitional Country Coordinators (Mali) & Conceptual Expert

Organization Description:

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire is nationally recognized for its research, policy education, and engagement. The school takes on the pressing issues of the twenty-first century, striving for innovative, responsive, and equitable solutions.

Key person:

William O. Maddocks is the director of the Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program (SMDP) at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy.

Independent researcher

Jeffrey Ashe, Research Fellow, Director of Community Finance I led Oxfam America/Freedom form Hunger’s Saving for Change program which reached over 700,000 women in Mali, Senegal, Cambodia, El Salvador and Guatemala. Mali was the largest of these programs with 450,000 women organized into 20,000 groups (half of them trained by volunteers from already established groups) in more than 6,000 villages. From a research perspective Mali (as well as Senegal)

De Haagse Hogeschool, the Netherlands

Conceptual Expert

Organization Description:

The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) aims to empower its 26.000 students from nearly 150 different countries. Our global, innovative attitude is reflected throughout our curricula and in our four central research themes: The Next Economy, Quality of Life: People and Technology, Good Governance for a Safe World and Connected Learning.

Key person:

Julie M. Lehmann is one engaged scholar at the Research Group Financial Inclusion & New Entrepreneurship (THUAS). She is finalizing her PhD on savings groups (NL). She studied in Germany, France and The Netherlands and participated in projects in Cameroun, Malawi, Senegal, and Tanzania.