27 participants from 15 institutions in 5 countries in the Asia Pacific region came together in Cambodia from January 16 to 21, 2012 for Women’s World Banking’s (WWB) Center for Microfinance Leadership Management Development Program and Training of Trainers (MDP TOT), a 6-day course aiming to develop transformational skills for managers of microfinance institutions (MFIs).
WWB partnered with ACLEDA Training Center (ATC) to host the course. The Center is operated and managed by ACLEDA Bank Plc, Cambodia's leading retail bank. ATC courses are designed for policy makers, Microfinance Institutions, NGOs, Banks and financial sector stakeholders — networks and associations, investors, UN and international development agencies and private funders.
The first part of the MDP focuses on the participants’ understanding of themselves and how they interact with others. The second part is anchored on this self-understanding and introduces tools that build skills in managing people and processes. The course is action-oriented—participants are given the opportunity to immediately test their understanding of concepts and try out emerging skills by simulating actions that they might take in given situations. The simulation, known as the “In Basket Exercise,” draws upon relevant microfinance cases to drive learning.
The second part of the course is the training of trainers. The goal of the TOT is to build and expand the capacity of the microfinance industry as a whole to deliver the MDP as a skill-building course to MFIs in different regions. Over the final two days of the training, participants take on the role of presenters and facilitators. Each trainee receives immediate feedback on how effective they were at presenting the concepts as well as facilitating discussions among the participants in order to further enhance training skills.
Each participant certified as a trainer commits to deliver the course in his or her own institution or network at least once within one year of being trained by WWB.