Managerial Staff Training on WCAD Scale-Up Programme
July to August, 2023
The Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM), in collaboration with Water.org, is implementing the WaterCredit Adoption Scale-Up Programme in various regions of Bangladesh through eight (8) partnered implementing Microfinance Institutes (MFIs). The aim of the WCAD programme is to develop organisational and implementation capacity of the partner MFIs to reach out more marginalised communities to ensure improved sanitation and safe drinking water. As part of the capacity development initiatives, InM ensured one day ToT training for the Branch Managers to equip them with WCAD model, WASH initiatives, creating demand generation and programme outcomes for successful implementation of the project at the field level.
As part of the initiative, throughout July and August 2023, InM successfully conducted six comprehensive day-long physical training sessions on the WaterCredit Adoption (WCAD)- Scale up programme for its six esteemed partners: BASA, SFDW, PMUK, DISA, SDC, and IDF.
On July 15th, 2023, InM organised a training session at BASA Research and Training Centre in Mirzapur, Tangail with the presence of Mr. Bishwajit Saha, Senior AGM from BASA Foundation. This was followed by a training session on July 23rd, 2023, held at the SFDW Training Centre in Jessore, where Mr. Faisalur Rahman, Senior General Manager and Focal Person for WCAD at SFDW, was present. On July 29th, 2023, another training session took place at the Padakhep Institute of Development & Management (PIDM) in Adabar, Mohammadpur, with Mr. Md. Jahangir Hossain, Focal Person for WCAD at PMUK, participated. Moving into August, on the 18th, a training session occurred at the DISA Training Center in Mirpur-12, with the presence of Mr. Chandan Chakroborti, Micro Finance Director and Mr. Md. Jahangir Alam Bhuiyan, the Focal Person for WCAD at DISA. The next day, August 19th, 2023, InM organised another training session at the SDC Training Center in Faridpur, with the participation of Mr. Kazi Ashraful Hassan, Executive Director, and Mr. Hamidul Islam, Director of Operations at SDC. Concluding this series, on August 26th, 2023, a training session was held at the IDF regional office in Chittagong, with the participation of Mr. Toslim Rizvi, the Area Manager for Training at IDF. The training sessions were facilitated by Ms. Nahid Akhter, Senior Research Associate, InM; Mr. Utpol Das, Programme Manager, InM and Mr. Sajjad Kabir, Programme Engineer, InM.
The training aimed to enhance the understanding of the WCAD programme among Branch Manager- level participants, facilitating effective knowledge dissemination and future implementation. During the training sessions, the WCAD programme model was discussed, ensuring that participants gained a holistic understanding of its objectives, methodologies, expected outcomes and motivating them to amplify WCAD loan disbursement in alignment with project indicators. The participants also registered themselves for the online digital learning platform developed by InM on WCAD project implementation. The interactive nature of the training encouraged participants to ask questions, seek clarifications, and engage in meaningful discussions, thereby fostering a conductive learning environment.
The training not only equipped the participants with knowledge but also paved the way for effective cascading of the WCAD programme within their respective organisations. The Branch Managers, having grasped the programme’s essence, are now better poised to share their insights and knowledge with their teams