Regional Dialogue with NGO / MFIs and Borrowers: Rangpur Region

Dialogue RangpurSince April to August 2014, InM initiates regional dialogue for establishing the aim of sustainable microfinance sector to reduce poverty. The 5th regional dialogue was held in Rangpur on August 14, 2014 with different NGOs and MFIs working in Rangpur Division.

Members from different NGOs and MFIs of Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Ponchagarh, Thakurgaon, Joypurhat, Dinajpur, Rangpur Sadar participated in the dialogue session. Professor Dr. A. K. M. Nur-Un-Nabi, Vice Chancellor, Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur was present as the Chief Guest and it was presided by Professor M. A. Baqui Khalily, Executive Director, InM. Mr. Khandakar Muzharul Haque, Executive Vice Chairman, MRA and Dr. Riaz Islam, Team Leader, Prosper, Programme Coordination Unit, DFID were present as the Special Guests.

Dr. Md. MoslehUddin Sadeque, Director (Training & Operations), Mr. Shabbir Ahmed Chowdhury, Advisor, (Training) also spoke on this occasion. The event was conducted by Mr. Md. Abdul Hye Mridha, Senior Deputy Director (Training & Admin), InM.

The regional dialogue was divided into two sessions. The first session involved discussions with the members/ borrowers of NGOs/ MFIs to study their present status. They lively discussed their story of struggles and successes and involvement of microcredit programmes in their livelihoods. A total of 120 representatives and 50 members/ borrowers from different NGOs/ MFIs of Rangpur Division were participated actively in the discussion.

The second session of the dialogue was with the Executive Directors and Senior Officials of NGOs/ MFIs of Rangpur Division, practitioners and stakeholders. This session aimed to understand the problems, operational challenges of microfinance and other development programmes faced by the NGOs/ MFIs which will effective to sort out those challenges.These are going to help InM to design its training, and research programmes to address their needs and aspirations.

Professor Khalily, in his speech said that the experiences of NGOs and MFIs might provide InM the real scenario of poverty reduction as they were directly linked to poverty reduction activities. He also mentioned that InM is going to organise a National Convention on the basis of dialogues in seven different regions where the field level workers/ agencies/ borrowers will participate.

Other guests in their speech requested the participants to share their own experiences so that effective development plan and policies might be formulated from the sessions.

Professor Dr. Nabi discussed about the Diploma Courses inaugurated by InM for making skilled people in the microfinance sector. He said at present there is no drought in Rangpur and Microcredit programmes played a crucial role in this regard. He also emphasised on the creation and importance of skilled manpower through Diploma and Training Programme of InM.