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:
The MFTOT course aims to:
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.
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:
In addition, participants will need:
Tokyo Development Learning Center of the World Bank
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