INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING: Learning through experience
ACCESS offers nearly 40 training courses to strengthen leadership, management, and staff capacity of rural economic actors, including soft skills such as effective communication and time management.
Effective training requires dialogue. ACCESS specializes in delivering knowledge transfer programs using a highly-participatory approach embodied in adult learning principles. Among its key pedagogical tools, ACCESS employs the experiential-based learning cycle (EBL) to shape capacity development around real work situations within the organization.
Learning methods often utilize structured learning exercises (SLEs) such as simulations, role plays and other techniques that provide a real-world context for learning, ACCESS’s training courses establishes the institutional processes and systems needed to sustain new capabilities. In most cases, trainings are actually training-workshops, in which the participants are supported to analyze the situation in their own institution, identify gaps, and initiate the process of revising and enhancing systems, policies, and procedures as well as their own knowledge, skills and attitudes.
- Training needs assessment
- Curricula and training course design
- Training material development
- Training of trainers
INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO SUCCESS
ACCESS’s training courses are designed to address learning at three levels:
- Cognitive learning, which focuses on knowledge acquisition, comprehension, and critical thinking
- Behavioral learning, which focuses on the performance of procedures, operations, methods, and techniques
- Affective learning, which focuses on attitudes and preferences
ACCESS customizes its training design to fit the needs and context of the participants and the organization they represent. During delivery, ACCESS ensures that participants will be immersed in an array of structured learning exercises (SLEs) such as case studies, group and classroom exercises, and best practices that will help them understand implications of decisions and integrate concepts and principles learned from lecture presentations and discussion into practical applications in their respective organizations.
RESULTS AND REFERENCES
- Training on Delinquency Control and Portfolio Quality Management: Oikocredit, 2015.
- Training on Risk Management, Delinquency Control and Portfolio Quality Management: ADB Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, 2011.
- Orientation Training on Social Performance Management: European Union and Agence Française de Développement, 2011.
- Training Program Development for First Microfinance Bank of Pakistan: Japan International Cooperation Agency, 2010-11.
- Training Strategy and Development Mission: European Union, 2010.
- Improve Strategic Planning Capacity and Skills for MFIs: ADB Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, 2010.
- Capacity Building for Microfinance and Health Cooperatives in Nepal: Medicines du Monde (MDM), Nepal, 2009-10.