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FIN-B Member’s Training Workshop on Mental Health and Professional Productivity

Mental health refers to our cognitive, behavioural, and emotional wellbeing – it is all about how we think, feel, and behave. Mental health affects daily life, relationships, and even physical health. Mental healthcare in Bangladesh is almost unrecognised and non-existent. Most people, especially in the rural areas, are not aware of the importance of mental health. This causes a huge loss in human productivity due to depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and other mental illnesses.

With proper awareness on mental health and mental illness, collaboration can be developed among FIN-B members and others interested in bringing about positive changes in the field of mental healthcare and enhance the productivity of the NGOs sector personnel.

InM, under the FIN-B platform and in collaboration with LifeSpring Consultancy Limited and KK Foundation, will organise a Training Workshop on ‘Mental Health and Professional Productivity’ in February 2020 for the FIN-B members. The workshop will discuss a comprehensive concept covering the following issues:

  1. Conduct awareness programme by mental health professionals
  2. Create educational videos for online platforms
  3. Information on services, like:
                                                     – Psychiatric & psychological services
                                                     – Participate in researches as mental health experts
                                                     – Conduct training programmes for NGOs, beneficiaries and people in the rural areas
  1. Probable solution of:
                                         – Stress management
                                        – Psychological wellness
                                        – Depression
                                        –  Anxiety
                                        – Addiction

Venue: Conference Room, PKSF Bhaban
Tentative Date: 25 February 2020
Participants: FIN-B members only

 

REGIONAL DIALOGUE ON ‘Partnerships Against Extreme Poverty: Putting the Financial Needs of the Extreme Poor First’

REGIONAL DIALOGUE on ‘Partnerships Against Extreme Poverty: Putting the Financial Needs of the Extreme Poor First’ was held on 27 November 2019 at 10:00 am at Conference Room of DC Office, Kurigram. Renowned economist and development specialist of Bangladesh, Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Mst. Sultana ParvinDeputy Commissioner, Kurigram was present as special Guest at the dialogue. The programme was presided over by Executive Director of InM, Dr. Mustafa K Mujeri. 150 participants from FIN-B Members, PKSF POs, government organisations, local academicians and other stakeholders were present at the programme.  FIN-B, in collaboration with Concern Worldwide Bangladesh, organised this important programme.

   

Location : Kurigram
Date           : 27/11/2019

The Financial Inclusion Network-Bangladesh (FIN-B), an initiative of the Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM), provides a platform to develop, share and disseminate knowledge and expertise in financial inclusion through stimulating exchanges, developing collaboration and supporting its members to develop as centres of excellence in their preferred areas of inclusive finance.

The principal aim is to leverage expertise in advancing financial inclusion as a key instrument for poverty reduction and inclusive growth and development in Bangladesh. The Network is a unique platform to bring together all financial sector stakeholders including government organisations/financial regulators/banks/MFIs/NGOs/financial institutions/local government and grassroots organisations for sharing ideas and best practices from home and abroad. FIN-B seeks to provide various services in an efficient, socially responsive, transparent and sustainable manner that encourages experience, resource sharing and promotion of best practices.

Since poverty, extreme poverty in particular, is not limited to a lack of economic resources but also to the absence of access to the wider means to live a life in human dignity, being poor is multidimensional, encompassing both deprivations and lack of capabilities.  As such, no single correct definition of poverty exists, and we need to include particular social, cultural and historical contexts for identifying the poor. Policy implications thus differ according to how poverty is defined and effective poverty reduction measures need to integrate the views of the people living in poverty and extreme poverty as well.

‘Putting the financial needs of the extreme poor first’ means that we must develop financial products and services that meet the needs of the poorest and the most vulnerable populations. The organisations (e.g. NGO-MFIs) entering into partnerships with InM will commit themselves to work with all stakeholders to help design and test these products. As we develop products that meet the needs and aspirations of those in extreme poverty at prices they can afford, this will improve the efficiency of the overall financial system. This will also put in place the mechanisms for achieving ‘Finance for All’.

This regional dialogue with relevant government organisations, local government institutions (LGIs), NGO-MFIs, development practitioners and other agencies including government officials brought together the ground realities for addressing extreme poverty and restore human dignity in specific contexts. This is likely to help innovate new pathways of addressing extreme poverty and integrate the hard core poor communities and financial inclusion issues. To better reach the poorest and most vulnerable populations, FIN-B tried to ensure that the dialogue included women, children, the elderly, the disabled, marginal communities, and the members of cultural and religious minorities.  

Objectives

  • To facilitate cross-learning across all relevant stakeholders (e.g. government institutions, LGIs, NGO-MFIs, Concern Worldwide Bangladesh, InM, FIN-B members, development practitioners and the extreme poor communities) to help design, test, and scale up products and services that both reach those living in extreme poverty and facilitate their journey out of extreme poverty.
  • To share and exchange views on how FIN-B, InM and similar organisations can effectively support sustainable financial inclusion of these vulnerable groups and facilitate their graduation out of poverty.
 
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শেষ হলো ফিন-বি আন্তর্জাতিক সম্মেলন : আর্থিক অন্তর্ভুক্তি বিস্তৃতিতে সচেতনতা ও জ্ঞান সৃষ্টির সুপারিশ

  

আর্থিক অন্তর্ভুক্তকরণের দক্ষ উপায় সম্পর্কে সচেতনতা ও জ্ঞান সৃষ্টির মাধ্যমে দারিদ্র্য বিমোচন ও অন্তর্ভুক্তিমূলক উন্নয়নসহ সামাজিক উন্নয়ন ত্বরান্বিত করার লক্ষ্য নিয়ে অনুষ্ঠিত হলো প্রথম ফিন-বি ইন্টারন্যাশনাল কনফারেন্স ও ইনক্লুশন ফেয়ার ২০১৯। রাজধানীর কৃষিবিদ ইনস্টিটিউশন মিলনায়তনে অনুষ্ঠিত দুদিনের এ সম্মেলন শেষ হয়েছে গতকাল। ইনস্টিটিউট ফর ইনক্লুসিভ ফিন্যান্স অ্যান্ড ডেভেলপমেন্ট (আইএনএম) সম্মেলনটির আয়োজন করে।

সম্মেলন আয়োজনে সহযোগিতা করে ইউএনসিডিএফের শিফট সার্ক, কনসার্ন ওয়ার্ল্ডওয়াইড, ব্যাংক এশিয়া লিমিটেড, বিকাশ, ওয়াটার ডট অর্গ ও ডিএফআইডি/ইউকেএইডের বিজনেস ফিন্যান্স ফর দ্য পুওর-বাংলাদেশ (বিএফপি-বি) প্রজেক্ট। সম্মেলনে ব্যাংক, ক্ষুদ্র ঋণ প্রতিষ্ঠান, সরকারি বিভিন্ন সংস্থা ও বীমা কোম্পানির নীতিনির্ধারক ও প্রতিনিধি ছাড়াও গবেষকরা অংশ নেন।

গতকাল সমাপনী অনুষ্ঠানে প্রধান অতিথি ছিলেন প্রধানমন্ত্রীর আন্তর্জাতিক সম্পর্কবিষয়ক উপদেষ্টা ড. গওহর রিজভী। এতে সভাপতিত্ব করেন ড. কাজী খলীকুজ্জমান আহমদ। ব্র্যাকের সাবেক ভাইস চেয়ারম্যান আহমেদ মুশতাক রেজা চৌধুরী সমাপনী অনুষ্ঠানে বিশেষ অতিথি ছিলেন।

সম্মেলনের বিভিন্ন অধিবেশন ও আলোচনা সভা থেকে প্রাপ্ত সুপারিশগুলো কাজে লাগিয়ে সরকারের ভবিষ্যৎ নীতিমালা গ্রহণ সহজ হবে বলে উল্লেখ করেছেন ড. গওহর রিজভী।

দুই দিনব্যাপী এ সম্মেলনে ছয়টি একাডেমিক সেশনে মোট ১৫টি গবেষণা প্রবন্ধ উপস্থাপিত হয়।

সম্মেলনের দ্বিতীয় দিনের প্রথম প্লেনারি সেশনে ‘লিডারশিপ অ্যান্ড ফিন্যান্সিয়াল ইনক্লুশন’ বিষয়ে বক্তব্য রাখেন বাংলাদেশ ব্যাংকের সাবেক গভর্নর ড. আতিউর রহমান। এ সেশনে সভাপতিত্ব করেন আইএনএমের নির্বাহী পরিচালক ড. মোস্তফা কে মুজেরী।

পঞ্চম একাডেমিক সেশনে আর্থিক অন্তর্ভুক্তিবিষয়ক নানা উদ্ভাবনী মডেল ও পদ্ধতি নিয়ে আলোচনা হয়। এ সেশনে আর্থিক অন্তর্ভুক্তি পরিমণ্ডলের কিছু সাফল্যগাথা তুলে ধরা হয়।

‘হাউ ক্যান ডিজিটাল প্ল্যাটফর্মস মিট দ্য ফিন্যান্সিয়াল গ্যাপস ফর এমএসএমইএস ইন বাংলাদেশ’ শীর্ষক প্যানেল ডিসকাশনে সভাপতিত্ব করেন ইউএনসিডিএফ শিফট সার্ক প্রকল্পের কান্ট্রি প্রজেক্ট কোঅর্ডিনেটর মো. আশরাফুল আলম।

সম্মেলনের চতুর্থ প্লেনারি সেশনে ইউএনসিডিএফ এসএইচআইএফটি প্রোগ্রাম ম্যানেজার (আসিয়ান অ্যান্ড সার্ক) রাজীব কুমার গুপ্ত ‘লিভারেজিং ডাটা টু অ্যাডভান্স ফিন্যান্সিয়াল ইনক্লুশন’ শীর্ষক প্রবন্ধ উপস্থাপন করেন। সেশনে সভাপতিত্ব করেন যুক্তরাজ্যের ইউনিভার্সিটি অব আলস্টারের অধ্যাপক এসআর ওসমানী।

বাংলাদেশ ইনস্টিটিউট অব ব্যাংক ম্যানেজমেন্টের (বিআইবিএম) সাবেক মহাপরিচালক ড. তৌফিক আহমদ চৌধূরীর সভাপতিত্বে অনুষ্ঠিত হয় ‘হিউম্যান ডিগনিটি অ্যান্ড ফিন্যান্সিয়াল ইনক্লুশন’ শীর্ষক লার্নিং সেশন। এতে মানবমর্যাদার সঙ্গে সম্পর্কিত আর্থিক অন্তর্ভুক্তির সমস্যাগুলো নিয়ে আলোচনায় অংশ নেন আনীর চৌধুরী, কামাল কাদির, এসএম রবিউল হাসান, লরা রলস্টন ও ড. মোস্তফা কে মুজেরী।

গত মঙ্গলবার আইএনএমের চেয়ারম্যান ড. কাজী খলীকুজ্জমান আহমদের সভাপতিত্বে সম্মেলনের উদ্বোধনী অনুষ্ঠানে প্রধান অতিথি ছিলেন প্রধানমন্ত্রীর অর্থনৈতিক বিষয়ক উপদেষ্টা ড. মসিউর রহমান।

 

Development sans inclusiveness meaningless: Dr Rizvi

International financial inclusion conference ends


 FE Report | Published:  August 01, 2019 12:43:27 


Picture used for illustrative purpose only — Collected
 

The international affairs adviser to the prime minister, Dr Gowher Rizvi, said on Wednesday the country’s achievement would be meaningless without inclusive growth.

“Whatever we’ve achieved doesn’t certainly make any meaning without it (inclusiveness)” he asserted.

Dr Rizvi made the observations at the concluding session of a two-day international financial inclusion conference at Krishibid Institute here.

Financial Inclusion Network, Bangladesh (FIN-B) and Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM) co-hosted the event.

The Financial Express (FE) is one of the media partners of the international conference.

Speaking as the chief guest, Dr Rizvi said Bangladesh has achieved remarkable development in the millennium development goals.

“But this time it is a real challenge in SDGs (sustainable development goals), in every goal it is comprehensive and inclusive of all,” he added.

The adviser said Bangladesh cannot leave anyone behind in development agenda if it wants to fulfil SDGs.

It is depressing that whenever the issue of inclusiveness comes, talk about meritocracy and competitiveness comes along with.

“But merit comes with opportunity, those who don’t get equal opportunity can’t prove merit,” he continued.

He said growth must come with equal distribution of wealth and income. “We can’t do development for a few people only; benefits of growth must go to all people.”

Dr Rizvi said poverty does not have one single dimension. “Poverty only can be alleviated by addressing all aspects of poverty,” he added.

Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM) executive director Dr Mustafa K Mujeri said financial inclusion is a right rather than a privilege.

Inclusive financial society will help bring dignity to the people, particularly to the underprivileged ones in the country, he mentioned.

Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, chairman of the institute, and Ahmed Mustaque Razqa Chowdhury, former vice-chancellor of Brac University, among others, also spoke at the programme.

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FIN-B Collaboration Meeting with Water.org

Through its knowledge sharing and networking activity, FIN-B helps promote ‘financial inclusion for all’ which will go a long way towards achieving the SDGs by 2030 and fulfilling the dream of making the country a developed one by 2041. To support this agenda, FIN-B is seeking collaboration of different organisations having similar goals.

In line with that FIN-B submitted a proposal on ‘Financial Inclusion and WASH: A Mix of Appropriate Credit and Strategic Partnerships for Water and Sanitation Development in Coastal Bangladesh’ for institutional partnership with Water.org. In response, Water.org considered the approach and suggested FIN-B and InM partnership on their upcoming project on ‘Water Credit Model’, which works through supporting regional financial institutions to develop and offer Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) loan products.

To discuss the detailed modalities of such partnership, a senior official team of Water.org visited InM and shared their ideas with InM core team members. The successful meeting was presided over by Dr Mustafa K Mujeri, Executive Director, InM. Among others the Directors of InM; Bangladesh Country Director of Water.org and Head of South Asian Region of Water.org were present in the meeting. 

 

FIN-B Institutional Collaboration Meeting

A meeting was organised on 20 March 2019 with the Bangladesh General Insurance Company (BGIC), InM and interested FIN-B members on ‘Khubi Agent Model’ for delivering microinsurance services to the low income customers, especially in the rural areas. Under the model, microinsurance (Khudra-Bima, Khubi) agents (e.g. NGO-MFIs) will work with BGIC for delivering different microinsurance products to the poor borrowers and rural residents to meet emergencies and disasters. The model starts with two microinsurance products: personal accident (PA) and people’s personal accident (PPA), and is expected to cover other products in phases.

The interested FIN-B member NGO-MFIs made several observations on the proposed model. InM, under the FIN-B platform, coordinated the meeting and plans to hold additional follow up meetings for achieving successful outcomes.         

 

1st FIN-B Members Coordination Meeting

FIN-B provides a platform to develop, share and disseminate knowledge and expertise in financial inclusion through stimulating exchanges, developing collaboration and supporting its members to develop as centres of excellence in their preferred areas of inclusive finance. As a part of this activity, the first meeting with the FIN-B members was organised on 20 March 2019.

 

 

 

FIN-B 3rd SC Meeting

The 3rd Steering Committee (SC) meeting of FIN-B was held on 28 January 2019 at PKSF Conference Room. Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman of InM and the SC presided over the meeting. A total of 23 members and/or their representatives were present in the meeting. The organisations included

  • Bangladesh Bank (BB)
  • Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA)
  • Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM)
  • Bangladesh General Insurance Company Ltd. (BGIC)
  • SME Foundation
  • Integrated Development Foundation (IDF)
  • Access to Information (A2i) Programme
  • University of Dhaka
  • Credit and Development Forum (CDF)
  • Bank Asia Limited
  • Bkash
  • Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM)

The SC discussed probable working avenues of FIN-B and approved its work plan for 2019. The Committee expressed their appreciation over the publications of FIN-Biz, the half-yearly flagship journal of FIN-B and Finimile, a quarterly newsletter of the Network. In addition, the SC approved the proposal of organising the 1st FIN-B International Financial Inclusion Conference and Inclusion Fair 2019, to be held in July 2019 and a FIN-B member’s collaboration meeting in March 2019. Moreover, the Committee approved three project proposals, to be implemented through the leadership of FIN-B and with the collaboration of different organisations. 

 

FIN-B 2nd Steering Committee Meeting Held

The second Steering Committee (SC) meeting of FIN-B was held on 8 March 2018 at PKSF Conference Room in which important decisions were taken about the future activities of the Network.

 

Launching Ceremony of FIN-B

Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM) organised the Launching Ceremony of the ‘Financial Inclusion Network, Bangladesh (FIN-B)’on 18th January 2018 (Thursday) at 9 am at PKSF Auditorium, PKSF Bhaban. Agargaon, Dhaka.

Mr. M. A. Mannan MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of  Planning, GoB graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

The session was chaired by Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, InM. Dr. Atiur Rahman, Professor, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka and Former Governor, Bangladesh Bank presented the keynote paper in the ceremony.

Selected dignitaries, policymakers, academicians, researchers, relevant stakeholders, and development practitioners are expected to participate in the discussion

Download Launching Ceremony Key Note Paper

Financial Inclusion Network, Bangladesh (FIN-B)

InM is working towards forming the Financial Inclusion Network-Bangladesh (FIN-B) to develop, share and disseminate knowledge and expertise on financial inclusion through stimulating exchanges, developing collaboration, and promoting the Network to its members as a knowledge partner in their preferred areas of inclusive finance.

FIN-B will leverage expertise in advancing financial inclusion as a key instrument for poverty reduction and inclusive growth and development. It will be a unique platform to bring together all financial sector stakeholders including banks/MFIs/NGOs/financial institutions/local government and grassroots organisations for sharing ideas and best practices from home and abroad. For ensuring effective functioning of FIN-B, a Steering Committee has been formed under the Chairmanship of Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman of InM and PKSF including representatives from Bangladesh Bank, Financial Institutions Division of the Ministry of Finance, banks, MFIs and other stakeholders for providing guidance to the Network.

The first Steering Committee (SC) meeting of FIN-B was held on 23 October 2017 at PKSF Conference Room in which important decisions to activate the Network were taken. It was decided that FIN-B will be formally launched in January 2018 through organising a day long workshop on its future activities.