Hugh Allen, Founder, VSL Associates
Hugh Allen has worked in development since 1970, focusing exclusively for the last 23 years on Savings Groups (SGs). For thirteen years, he worked for CARE and was its chief technical advisor for small economic activity development in Africa. It was during this time that he first came across the Village Saving and Lending Association (VSLA) SG model and realized its potential.
These days, he works exclusively to promote its adoption by multi-sectoral development agencies and southern NGOs. He is a Fellow of the Carsey Institute for Public Policy and a long-term member of the faculty of University of New Hampshire’s Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program.
He is the founder and CEO of VSL Associates and has been the driver and creator of the SAVIX and the SAVIX MIS, which are used worldwide by more than 1,300 institutions that promote SG programmes to track and report on programme performance. He has published the most widely disseminated training manuals on SGs, and contributed to numerous journals on community-managed microfinance.