The World Council of Credit Unions, together with its Global Women’s Leadership Network, is offering a pair of week-long engagement programs this fall, one in Belarus and one in Kenya.
Participants will work with WOCCU development staff to learn about challenges the credit union movement faces within the two regulatory environments.
“Participants have the opportunity to travel to another country, learn about the local credit union system and provide knowledge that will help other movements flourish,” said Brian Branch, chief operating officer of WOCCU. “Each program needs different expertise, so attendees should select one that best matches their interests.”
In Kenya, participants will help develop savings and credit products intended for the rural poor and the unbanked, and will volunteer at a WOCCU-supported orphanage.
The Belarus program will concentrate on helping the credit union movement take hold in the central European country. Participants will help train the staff of a credit union trade association and will contribute to the development of credit union regulation and legislation.
A third program in Sri Lanka was scheduled for June but later canceled.
The programs each cost $3,200, but a discount is offered for members of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, a program dedicated to the development and empowerment of women credit union leaders worldwide.
WOCCU’s technical assistance programs currently help credit unions in 10 countries.