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Megan Gash

Megan Gash has over thirteen years of experience collaborating on and coordinating research, evaluation and monitoring activities for multi-sectoral programs with local research teams, academic researchers and partner organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She has extensive experience with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including lot quality assurance sampling, qualitative client life histories, focus group discussions, financial diaries, quasi-experimental designs and randomized control trials.

Her research has emphasized financial inclusion, women’s economic empowerment, digital financial services for smallholder families, graduation into sustainable livelihoods, youth financial services and resilience, with an expertise in savings groups. She worked on savings, health and microcredit projects at both Freedom from Hunger and Grameen Foundation for 10 years, and before that, she worked in microfinance research with a focus on poverty assessment in Central America, East Africa and Southeast Asia.

She has published articles, reviews, reports and blogs in a variety of academic and industry publications and spoken widely about savings groups research. In 2013, Megan was awarded the Practitioner of the Year by the SEEP Network. She has a master’s degree in international affairs from American University, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis.