This activity will strengthen the institutional capacity of microfinance in the Asia and Pacific region by making high-quality microfinance training accessible to a broad range of relevant decision-makers, professionals and practitioners, as well as increasing the number and country coverage of accredited microfinance trainers in the region.
Microfinance is an effective development intervention that enhances access to financial services by low-income individuals. The Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT) course is jointly sponsored by the Asian Development Bank Institute and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center. The interactive microfinance distance learning (MFDL) course developed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund* (UNCDF) is the core learning material for study. This course has received high ratings from participants and has become popular in many countries.
Eight courses have been successfully delivered in the Asia and Pacific region and around the world. Over 2,000 participants conducted self-study using the interactive e-learning package, attended videoconference sessions, received online tutoring for 11 assignments and took part in the final exam. Among them, a total of 893participants from 55 countries were accredited to become fully certified trainers of the UNCDF MFDL course. The top 30 graduates, who come from Bangladesh, Cambodia, PRC, Ghana, India, Japan, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malawi, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, and Viet Nam, work as tutors for the courses.
Since 2007, the course materials (workbook and interactive CD-ROM) have been translated from English into several languages such as Chinese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Mongolian, and Bahasa Indonesia.
The course features a unique, blended approach consisting of:
- Self-paced study using the Microfinance Distance Learning package* developed by UNCDF.
- Online tutoring and e-discussion. Tutors will assist participants in completing assignments throughout the course and will provide feedback and grading. Online discussions will be moderated by the team leader of tutors.
- Meeting with international microfinance experts through four videoconference sessions at selected GDLN centers. The videoconference sessions will feature presentations and discussions on current issues and best practices in microfinance. The videoconferences will also be webcast live.
- Local courses in selected countries will be available during the same time period.
The MFTOT course aims to:
- strengthening the institutional capacity of microfinance in the Asia and Pacific region by making high-quality training accessible to more decision-makers, professionals and practitioners; and
- increase the number and country coverage of accredited microfinance trainers in the Asia and Pacific region and around the world.
- Improved capacity of microfinance practitioners;
- Increased number of local instructors and trainers in microfinance, some of whom will serve as tutors for future MFTOT courses;
- Strengthened networking among microfinance operators, practitioners, policymakers and experts; and
- Video lectures by resource speakers, and updated materials for future training use.
This course is aimed primarily at development practitioners, microfinance professionals, policymakers, donor staff, socially responsible investors, students, and others who want to improve their knowledge of best practices in microfinance.
Participants who wish to develop their skills in delivering microfinance training and become fully certified trainers of the UNCDF course can earn accreditation by completing all weekly assignments and the final exam for this course.
How to register
Course registration will start in May 2013. Interested participants should register online through the course webpage* on Moodle.
To successfully complete the course, participants should have:
- English proficiency. Videoconference sessions and final examination will be conducted in English. For participants who wish to receive the accreditation certificate, English proficiency is crucial.
- Strong commitment and self-discipline. The course will require between 10 to 20 hours of self-study per week, depending on the participant's background in microfinance and language proficiency.
- Support from employer. To ensure that participants can devote enough time to the course activities, we encourage participants to seek endorsement from their employers.
In addition, participants will need:
- A computer with a 486 processor using Windows 95 or later, a CD-ROM drive, speakers or earphones, monitor of 800x600 resolution and at least 256 colors.
- An e-mail account.
Tokyo Development Learning Center of the World Bank
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