The World Bank Institute launched an “e-Institute” in July 2011 which is designed to support self-motivated learners to get up to speed on the latest development trends, enhance their skill-sets, and share knowledge through on-line learning communities.
New courses on cross-cutting themes will featured regularly in addition to monthly webinars and other free resources.
The 9th Microfinance Training of Trainers course kicked off to a lively start on July 11, 2013 with 10 Global Distance Learning Centers in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Uganda hosting the course. Over 150 participants joined the opening session from the GDLN centers, and another 180 participants participated by going online and accessing the live webcasting of the session. Approximately 400 participants from 46 countries enrolled in the course, all enthusiastic to learn and explore the world of microfinance.
An “Introduction to Islamic Finance Course” was successfully delivered under a joint initiative by the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the Association of African Distance Learning Centers (AADLC) in collaboration with international experts from The World Bank, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). This program, which was the first ever course on this topic offered through the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of Islamic finance in Africa and Asian regions. Opportunities for such learning are scarce in Sub-Saharan African countries. The program saw a turnout of 243 policymakers and practitioners in financial sector from 10 African countries.
The 8th Microfinance Training of Trainers Course (MFTOT8) organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), China Development Bank (CDB), and Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), was completed in May 2012. 199 newly certified trainers from 30 countries were accredited, the highest number since the course was first launched in 2005.
To date, there are 892 certified trainers of the Microfinance Distance Learning (MFDL) Course from 55 countries, largely from Asian and African regions. The certified trainers are microfinance professionals including university professors, managers and microfinance practitioners in central banks, commercial banks and MFIs.
“This is a very important course relevant not only for developing countries but for the whole world”, the lead tutor of the MFTOT course, Mr. Nanda Karunagoda said during his remarks at the beginning of the course. “Important” may be a subjective word, but if measured by the evaluation of the participants who undertook the course the 7th Microfinance Training of Trainers Course has proved to be highly successful and important. In addition, over 98% of participants said that they would not hesitate to recommend the course to their colleagues.
In the 6th round of the Microfinance Training of Trainers Course, the African Development Bank (AfDB) joined us as our newest partner, and more students from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda were able to join the course, through the support provided by AfDB. 174 graduates from more than 30 countries became certified trainers from the 6th round, bringing the number of certified trainers to a total of 509.
The highlights of the MFTOT6 End-Course Evaluation is now available here.
The sixth Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT) Course, kicked off in July 2009, has now ended.
Twenty-three students in Japan have successfully graduated, fourteen have been accredited as MFTOT trainers. They’ve shared some views on the course, along with their hopes in putting the new knowledge to practical use.
The second video conference and local discussion session for the sixth Microfinance Training of Trainers Course (MFTOT 6), launched on July 16, was held at TDLC on August 20.
The MFTOT course is a core program offered periodically at TDLC which aims to train trainers of the Microfinance Distance Learning Course through a blended learning method.
Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT)6 has now kicked off in Africa. On July 23, 2009, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, Paris, Washington DC and Tokyo were set up as video connection sites in TDLC’s first major organized effort to provide a program for the African audience.