Global Money Week

2017 Ethiopia Global Money Week

Leading Organizations:
Abeselom Samson Trade and Investment Consultancy firm

Participating Organizations:
Ethiopia Broadcasting service
Rotary Club of Ethiopia

In 2017, Dr. Abeselom Samson Yosef, the CYFI Champion for Ethiopia, will coordinate the activities of AIESEC Ethiopia, various newspapers, the Ethiopia Broadcasting service, and the Rotary to celebrate the Global Money Week 2017 in this Eastern African country. Some of the activities that will mark this year’s Global Money Week campaign include a pre-GMW campaign in Ethiopia job fair to promote the GMW celebrations among the university graduates and a GMW booth at the Great Ethiopian Run. This year, the GMW events in Ethiopia will be advertised through ETV, Ethiopia Commercial Bank TV Program, and press releases.

Furthermore, Dr. Abeselom Samson Yosef and will be a guest speaker at a youth conference to talk about the youth financial inclusion in Ethiopia, and attend a lecture at Regional Leadership seminar for youth outside of Addis Ababa.

2016 Ethiopia Money Week

Leading Organizations:
Dr. Abeselom Samson - R&D Group/Cordaid (CYFI Champion)

Participating Organizations:
Enat Bank
Nisir Microfinance Institution
Addis Ababa University
National Bank of Ethiopia
Ethiopia Commodity Exchange
AIESEC Ethiopia
Rotary Club of Addis Ababa
Rotary Club of Addis Ababa
Dorca Aid (Aflatoun Partner)

Date of the event:
14 - 20 March

Total number of children & youth engaged: 1 000 000

Ethiopia reached over one million children and youth this year during Global Money Week celebrations. The East African country announced its participation regarding Global Money Week in February 2016 at a press conference held at the headquarters of Enat Bank in Addis Ababa. The event brought together all stakeholders that observed this year’s Global Money Week. Dr. Abeselom Samson Yosef, the CYFI Champion for Ethiopia, coordinated the activities of various institutions during the week. Dr. Yosef has embarked on a campaign to collect information on “why children and youth save” by directly asking young people to write saving goals on a banner. More than 50 youngsters have already written on this banner, which was then presented to Child and Youth Finance International after Global Money Week.

Activities to mark this year’s Global Money Week campaign included financial literacy campaigns, a football competition, music and dance events, “open days" for children and youth at financial institutions, an educational tour of the stock exchange, as well as a visit to the National Bank of Ethiopia.

A financial capability research was also conducted by L-IFT (Low Income Financial Transformation) as part of GMW 2016 on more than 250 students in 4 higher institutions in Addis Ababa. The study sought to evaluate saving behaviors among youth, specifically, the youth opinions on saving strategies; on how financing savings might play a role in long term, future goals, and to identifying specific methods of how respondents’ save money. The results of this study aim to help fill in some of the existing information gaps on youth financial inclusion in Ethiopia, and in particularly, financial savings behavior, and to serve as a foundation for further work lifting Ethiopia’s youth out of poverty.


2015 Ethiopia Money Week

R&D Group, Cordaid Ethiopia, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Rotract club of Mella District 9212, Jupiter Toastmasters Club, Dashen Bank, Yere ber Branch, Ormonia International Bank (Head Office), Nisir Microfiance Institution, Admas University College, Gage University College, Addis Ababa University Institution of Technology, Tibabe Gaye Primary School, Tsadeke Government School, National Public School, Assay Public School, PEACE Microfinance, AIESEC Ethiopia, National Bank of Ethiopia
Date of the event:
9th - 17th of March
Number of children reached:
397 782

Ethiopia celebrated Global Money Week 2015 with pomp and pageantry. The leading Child and Youth Finance International stakeholder and partner organizations commemorating the week included PEACE Microfinance, the R & D Group, CoYDOE and AIESEC Ethiopia.

All 22 branches of PEACE Microfinance marked the week with fun and exciting activities including financial literacy campaigns, football competition, music and dance events, and open days for children and youth at the branch offices. PEACE MFI organized a children and youth policy dialogue at the National Bank of Ethiopia.

R & D Group partnered with Nisir Microfiance, Oromia Bank, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and Cordaid to launch a national wide financial literacy campaign during the week. During Global Money Week the bank opened its doors for kids and youth and taught them how the financial world is works. They also opened saving accounts for young people, by providing the initial deposit. More than 40 youngsters benefited from the savings account opening.


2014 Ethiopia Money Week

World Learning Ethiopia
Commercial Bank of Ethiopia[CBE]
Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs
Education Sector Offices
127 Primary Schools in different programme areas
Jimma University
National and local media(Radio and Television, newspaper)
Amhara Credit and Saving institute
Date of the event:
10th - 17th of March
Number of children reached:
36 100

Ethiopia celebrated Global Money Week from start to finish reaching around 36 100 children and youth from 200 schools from across the country. World Learning Ethiopia celebrated both International Aflatoun Day and Global Money Week by organizing cultural and educational activities with a financial theme. Exhibitions displaying artwork made by young members of a variety of Ethiopian children’s social and financial clubs; drama and song performances; and sports competitions were a few of the cultural activities which encouraged children to become more financially aware. A circus was the highlight of the week, and proved to be a great way to get children from all around the country excited about Global Money Week. An educational activity conducted during the circus celebrations was the orientation on the “role of money” in the social development of children and youth. Prizes, such as an Oxford Dictionary, were awarded to children who had savings accounts and who showed that they had been saving instead of with-drawing. This was done to encourage more children and youth to sign up for accounts and save.

Representatives from micro-sectorial institutions (e.g. micro finance, government, banks and education) participated in a panel discussion on the topic of inclusive financial services. World Learning Ethiopia also organized children to visit banks were they learnt how they work and why they exist. A group of Ethiopian children took part in a Video Chat Café with groups of kids from around the world. The kids had fun chatting and learning from each other about the different things that they know about money and savings. World Learning also printed and distributed posters and T-shirts for the events in order to create a buzz around Global Money Week.


2013 Ethiopia Money Week

Name of organizing entity - World Learning Inc. Ethiopia, Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions (AEMFI)
Partners - PAMIGA and BASIX, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Women and Children Affairs Offices, Ministry of Education, and Media and Communication Agency
Date of the event - 15th - 21st of March
Number of children reached - 38 027

“Today I am hearing the voice for Ethiopia’s Development from children. It’s really amazing and awesome to work with them, with their strong ambitions in changing the future!” Mr. Alemu Dinka, Ilubabora Zone, Oromia State Education Department Head.

Build on the success of the first National Financial Education (NFE) consultative workshop, a training for clients was held during Global Money Week, which aimed to create awareness of financial literacy and the advantages of following a systematic method of financial planning for a better tomorrow. The training focused particularly on issues of budgeting, managing money, financial services, financial negotiations, earning money and financial education for youth. Participants were able to adapt the presented modules to their local context – specifically the youth module was adapted to financial education for youth who are HIV positive, for girls, food-insecure HHDs and young SME operators. The training resulted in creating a platform for participants for discussions on financial educational initiatives.

On the celebration of the 18th March, Aflatoun Children schools were gathered at Lemlem Karl School and celebrated the day with Promotion activities on saving, by marching in Bedele Town streets, distributing leaflets and pamphlets provided by Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), singing songs, and initiating adults on saving and healthy financial management.

The celebration was officially open by the hosting Lemlem Karl School Principal, Ato Tekalegn Denu’s welcome speech and the opening remark made by the Zonal Education Office Head, Ato Alemu Dinka. After the traditional coffee and cake (dabo koresa) ceremony, the Lemlem Aflatoun Sung the Song of Aflatoun in English, poems were presented by Aflatoun children, drama that demonstrates the five core elements of Aflatoun presented.

“The West has been praised for having prudent consumer protection and high level of financial literacy; in view of this, it is now the time for Africa’s renaissance. Africa needs to go forward with financial literacy and consumer protection work considering the condition and context of the continent. This holds true for Ethiopia also as it is implementing its five year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), which assumes to finance its ambitious plans mainly through domestic resource mobilization, enhancing financial literacy level of its population: investing on the youth and the children holds a true hope for the country to achieve its longterm goal, to be able to create a better and bright tomorrow for our nation.,” said Wolday Amha, AEMFI Addis Ababa.

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