Training Service Providers on Building Capacity of the MFIs

To minimise the widening skill gap, Institute of Microfinance (InM), Bangladesh has planned to provide high quality training support to the MFIs for their sustainable development and pledges to disseminate this training service through the leading training providers. InM intends to essentially act as a facilitator for building capacity of microfinance institutions jointly with the training service providers.

To begin with an integrated training programme, InM organised a workshop titled “Dialogue with the Training Service Providers on Building Capacity of the MFIs” on July 17, 2008 at the PKSF auditorium. The dialogue with the existing training service providers in the microfinance industry and academicians was set to provide policy recommendation and action plan to begin with an excellent training programme. This report presents an excerpt of the dialogue for designing further action plan. The dialogue was an interactive session with critical analysis of the issue.

InM organised the dialogue with four basic objectives:

  • To assess the extent to which Training Service Providers can support the institution in its training programmes.
  • To learn about the physical facilities that each Training Provider can offer.
  • To discuss about modalities for collaboration with Training Providers.
  • To discuss about the possible supports that Training Providers may seek from InM.

The dialogue started with a presentation by Professor M A Baqui Khalily, Executive Director, InM on the objectives and the role of InM in initiating and delivering high quality training. In the dialogue there were 50 participants from around 45 institutions. The participants in the dialogue pointed out the problems they are facing due to unavailability of standardised training programmes. Among the major obstacles they mentioned were the lack of skilled manpower, lack of refreshers’ training, no link between trainers’ career and their performance, lack of proper teaching method, unavailability dynamic course design and lack of standard training modules. After and in-depth discussion InM and the participants consented on some major issues such as creating certified trainers’ pool, developing uniform training materials, ensuring quality of training programmes, sharing training cost, introducing academic programmes on microfinance and arranging training courses based on dynamic needs. Some long term and short term strategies were identified to implement the consensus decisions.

The dialogue ended with the expectation that all these actions will be initiated and performed by InM. Based on the mentioned consensus and expected role of InM, InM will formulate further action plan and policy to arrange internationally acclaimed and universally accepted training programmes.

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