Capacity Building of Savings and Credit Cooperatives in GEEoW Districts/VDCs
1. Introduction:Introduction Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (GEEoW) Project under the Department of Women and Children of Nepal Government has promoted groups and cooperatives in 15 districts of Nepal namely Bajhang, Bajura, Baitadi, Achham, Doti, Kalikot, Mugu, Jumla, Bara, Rautahat, Mahttari, Sindhuli, Sarlahi, Ramechhap and Dhanusa. The project, supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), aims to improve the socioeconomic conditions of poor rural women, including ethnic and low-caste women, through a process of economic, social, legal, and political empowerment. The project has regarded cooperatives as the vehicles for the targeted changes in the project area. Out of total 82 VDCs in the work area of the project, there are 62 cooperatives and 20 more groups under the project support. The project provided some training, seed fund and infrastructure supports to the groups and cooperatives. The project has employed one field worker for capacity building, intensive support and monitoring to the groups/cooperatives in each of the project VDCs. In addition to this, each of the project districts has one supervisor each for the same tasks. Despite the project support, the project felt need for specialized services in capacity building of the groups and cooperatives specifically in cooperative management, loan management and bookkeeping.
‘Capacity Building of Savings and Credit Cooperatives in GEEoW Districts/VDCs’ is the said assignment designed for promotion of the groups and cooperatives. CMF was selected as the service agency to provide the capacity building services including training. Major assignment of the project were to identify gaps in capacity building of the groups and cooperatives at the central (project) and district levels; institutional assessment of groups and cooperatives; training curriculum design/verification; training materials design/verification; training manuals design; training delivery; training monitoring; technical assistance and progress monitoring of each groups/cooperatives after training; recommend GEEoW on the suitable operational modality, product design and measures to sustain the groups/cooperatives.
Training events were organized for 15 days in each of the project districts. There were two training packages namely a) Institutional Development Training and b) Co-operative Account Keeping Training. Institutional Development Training included two broad heading on Cooperative Management and Loan Management for four days each while Co-operative Account Management Training was provided for seven days in each of the districts. There were 510 participants attending the training. Among them, the Chairperson, secretary and coordinator of loan sub-committee from each of the cooperatives had participated in the Institutional Development Training while the manager, treasurer and coordinator of account committee of the cooperatives participated in Co-operative Account Keeping Training.
2. Goal: To strengthen the cooperatives and groups through capacity building trainings
- Capacity building of the groups and cooperatives specifically in Cooperative Management, Loan Management and Bookkeeping in 15 project districts
- Improve the socioeconomic condition of poor rural women
4. Expected Results: Capacity building of Cooperatives through trainings and technical assistance
5. Project Funding Partner: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Project, Department of Women and Children, Nepal Government