INTERNATIONAL/ nATIONAL WORKSHOP - CUM - TRAINING PROGRAMME
Irrigation System and Water Management, Pakistan, 3-12 November 2015

The inaugural session of the programme was first time addressed through e-learning platform by H E the Secretary General, AARDO who delivered his welcoming remarks from the headquarters while the programme was inaugurated by Mr. Moed ul Hassan, Special Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan. The inaugural session was graced by Ms. Marvi Memon, Chairperson, Benazeer Income Support Programme (BISP), Pakistan, diplomats of AARDO member countries from Iraq, Nigeria and Palestine stationed at Islamabad, Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, AARDO and guests from different organizations in Pakistan. Ms. Marvi Memon, Chairperson, Benazeer Income Support Programme (BISP), Pakistan and Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, AARDO also addressed the session. The main objectives of the programme were:
  • to familiarize and refresh the participants with the present situation of water resources in the African-Asian Region;
  • to identify major issues in the management of water resources ;
  • to discuss the use of different methods/technologies for efficient use of water;
  • to discuss the government policies and strategies with regard to water resource management; and
  • to enable the participants coming from different regions to share their experiences and suggest measures for rectification of the shortcomings in water resource management.
The programme was attended by a total of thirty six (36) participants from eleven member countries including the host country. Of these, fifteen (15) participants from AARDO member countries namely, Bangladesh, Ghana, Iraq, Jordan, R O Korea, Mauritius, Nigeria, Palestine, Sudan and Sri Lanka participated in the programme. In addition, twenty one (21) participants representing irrigation department of various provinces and institutions/universities in Pakistan attended the programme. Besides, an official from the AARDO Secretariat attended the programme.

As a part of the field visit, the participants were exposed to various activities of Research and Development Farm at Darkali Kalan and Bio-remediation Project in Islamabad.

Governance in Micro Credit Delivery System for Rural Development, BARD, Bangladesh, 23 February – 5 March 2016

The International Workshop-cum-Training Programme on “Governance in Micro Credit Delivery System for Rural Development” was organized by AARDO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), during 23 February – 5 March 2016. The programme was attended by twenty nine (29) participants from fourteen (14) AARDO member countries, namely, Republic of China (Taiwan), Egypt, Ghana, India, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Libya, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Sudan and the host country, Bangladesh. Besides, two AARDO officials attended the programme.

The programme was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Mr. Sarder Abul Kalam, Additional Secretary, Rural Development and Cooperative Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on 23 February 2016. Dr. Khushnood Ali, Head, Research Division, who represented the Secretary General, AARDO, was the Guest of Honour in the inaugural function. Besides, it was attended by Dr. A. K. Sharifullah, Director (Project), Dr. Kamrul Ahsan, Director (Training) and Mr. Md. Abdullah Al Mamun, Associate Workshop Director, BARD.

The programme was beset to help the participants in widening their knowledge about the role of governance and micro credit operation for poverty alleviation and rural development. The board objective of the programme was to enhance the knowledge of the participants on the concepts and cross cutting issues of micro-credit delivery system, poverty reduction, rural development and governance through presentation, discussion and exposure visits.

During the various technical sessions, expert papers and country reports were presented by the resource persons and the participants. The themes of expert papers, among others, were on Governance in Micro Credit Delivery System for Rural Development; Comilla Approach to Rural Development; Micro-Credit: Concepts, Approaches and Evolution; Experiences of BRAC in Micro Credit Delivery in Asia and Africa; Micro Credit Delivery System for Poverty Reduction: GOs and NGOs Experiences in Bangladesh; Micro Credit :Commercial Vs. Non-Profit Operations and their Governance Issues; Rural Development: Concepts and its Different Dimensions in Asian Countries; micro-savings Experiences of Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar Programme; Grameen Bank Model of Micro-credit Delivery System in Bangladesh; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Implications and Challenges; Women’s Empowerment through Micro-Credit: Some Experiences of Developing Countries; Micro Credit Regulations with Special Emphasis on Bangladesh Micro Credit Regulatory Authority; Meso/Micro-Finance Institutions: Experiences of Developing Countries; Stakeholders Analysis at Local Level; etc.

For field visits, the participants were taken to Bijoypur Pottery Cooperative Society, BRAC Learning Centre and Chandpur District headquarters, Institute of Microfinance (InM), Dhaka, Office of the Project Director-One House One Farm Project, Dhaka in order to get first hand information about the functioning of these institutions.

The Valedictory Session of the programme was held on 5th March 2016 under the Chairmanship of Mr. Salahuddin Mahmud, Director General, BARD. Dr. Khushnood Ali, Head, Research Division, AARDO was the Special Guest in the session. The Chairperson and the Special Guest addressed the participants and jointly gave away the certificates of participation and mementoes to the participants. On behalf of the participants, a vote of thank was extended by the participants from Oman and Ghana.

National Training Workshop on “Sustainable Development Goals: Land Use, Food Security and Changing Pattern of Agriculture in Bangladesh”, 29 November - 03 December 2015

The above National Training Workshop was organized by the Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla during 29 November -03 December 2015. It was attended by nineteen (19) participants and twenty (20) FGD (Focussed Group Discussants) from different administrative regions of Bangladesh.

During the various technical sessions, the pertinent issues such as : 1) Sustainable Development Goals: Opportunities and Challenges; 2) Land Use and Agricultural Production: Changing Pattern of Agriculture for Sustainability; 3) Food Security and Common Challenges for Sustainable Development; 4) Women in Agriculture: Present Situation and Policy Support for Sustainable Future; and 5) Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Common Threats for Agriculture Production and Food Security were addressed by the eminent resource persons and faculty of the BARD. The training programme provided an important opportunity to the participants to enhance their knowledge and skills on the subject. Considering the importance of the programme, an amount of US $3,000 was provided by AARDO for organization of the programme.

National Workshop on “Capacity Building of Rural Women Leaders for Livelihood and Skill Development”, Cairo, Egypt, 16-18 February 2016

The above national workshop was organized by the Regional of Office of AARDO for North and Eastern Africa, Cairo, Egypt during 16-18 February 2016. it was attended by 25 rural women leaders from 25 governorates of Egypt. The main objectives of the workshop were: capacity building and enhancing communication and coordination skills of the rural women leaders; creating awareness about socio-economic issues of the community; and enhancing their skills to address the issues of the community for their empowerment.

During the workshop issues such as community participation; micro projects, family & child care; and women's reproductive health, etc. were addressed by the resource persons. The workshop provided an important opportunity to the rural women leaders to learn and enhance their knowledge and skills on the subject. An amount of US $2,000 was provided by AARDO for organization of the workshop.