RMDC has been organizing Annual Review Workshops of its partner MFIs for the last ten years with a view to examine progress and achievements and set the strategies to resolve problems encountered in their operations. Recently RMDC convened two Annual Review Workshop of its Partner Organizations (POs). The first workshop was held in Pokhara from November 24-25, 2014. The Western Regional Annual Review Workshop had a total of 60 participants from 26 different MFIs in the region. The second workshop of the Central Regional Microfinance Institutions was held in Kathmandu from December 14-15, 2014. The total no of participants were 70 representing from 33 MFIs. The participants were Chairpersons, Chief Executive Officers, Microfinance Operation Managers of MFIs and Cooperatives.
The objective of the workshops were to review their operations, identify current problems and challenges, strengths and weaknesses and learn form each other's experiences. The workshops were coordinated by Ms Annapurna Shrestha, Manager of RMDC. In her welcome remarks, she highlighted the background and objective of the workshop and urged the participants to come up with workable strategies to cope with the problems and the challenges facing by the MFIs and cooperatives. Acting Assistant General Manager Mr Ram Dayal Rajbansi highlighted need to develop the capacity of microfinance institutions which in turn improve of the quality services to their clients. He also outlined the contribution of microfinance towards poverty alleviation in the regions. He said that this workshop would help to develop cordial relation among the MFIs.
In his opening remarks, CEO of RMDC, Mr Joyti Chandra Ojha expressed that this kind of workshop would provide feedback for improving RMDC's way of doing business and the developing strategies for future. He hoped, this kind of forum also facilitate sharing of experience between MFIs and would help reduce level of poverty in the country. He also urged to the participants to scale up investment in the area that would promote employment opportunity for the unemployed youth. He wished that this forum would develop solidarity, unity and coordination among the MFIs.
On the first day of the workshop, participating MFIs presented their progress, problems and challenges experienced and the various activities undertaken by them. The major problems and issues were identified on the presentation by the participants.
After presentation by the Microfinance Institutions Acting Assistant General Manager Mr Ram Dayal Rajbanshi and Senior Manager Mr Tirtha Ratna Konajo of RMDC facilitated identification of problems.
On the second day, Manager of RMDC Mr Pritha Bahadur Thapa facilitated discussion on problems dividing the participants into four groups. Each group made recommendations for resolving the problem and specified responsible authority for implementation of the same. At the end workshop came up with an undertaking to improve the system of microfinance and deliver quality services to the target families. The resolution was facilitated by Mr Roop Bahadur Khadka, Manager of RMDC.