Graduation ceremony of the WMP - May 2019 edition
The 2019 edition of CDF Canada's Women Mentorship Program just closed in May 2019 and was a great success, both for the participants and for the host Credit Unions.
CDF Canada was lucky to host and training 15 women coming from 14 different countries who were leaders in the credit union in their countries and eager to learn. Below is the testimony of one of our participants who came from Nigeria to benefit from:
- Strengthening the professional, technical and leadership skills of women managers, empowerment to become change agents in their countries.
- Developing and building stronger cooperative credit unions (Financial cooperatives) around the world.
- Building leaders and Supporting better livelihoods and greater economic opportunities in communities around the world
- Experiencing the Canadian life with the host and learning about the country
MY LEARNING POINT IN CDF CANADA:
I learnt greatly from this program and my exposure to how cooperative can impact a community and the society at large have increased in the following:
- Using cooperatives as a tool in nation building and human capital development,
- Using community services towards self-sufficiency and sustainability,
- Practical cooperation amongst cooperatives: I saw knowledge sharing, technical sharing, technology sharing, group community projects sharing, Risk sharing amongst cooperatives, they were always willing and ready to help each other, there was no competition amongst them, even when there was, it was a healthy competition towards growth and development.
- There was a central control system, database management of all cooperatives members, regulatory and supervisory rules, Ethical Standards/Code of conducts, general operation practices, information sharing.
- Board of Directors governance style, Corporate governance, Risk management, Loans management, Equity/dividend sharing.
- Succession Planning. Leadership development planning, members participation & Member services,
- Mechanized farming at its best, Cow ranching & care, Green House farming, Horses care, Food storage. All year round farming.
IMPORTANCE OF THE COOPERATIVE MOVEMENT:
The cooperative movement is a great tool in nation building, if the cooperative movement is
professionally practice, its rules and regulations adhered to, the following impact will be felt in
the communities and in the economy as a whole:
- Community development
- Job creation
- Wealth creation
- Culture and ethics preservation
- Improved standard of living
- Health improvement
- Increased knowledge in technology, agriculture, education and indeed in all aspect of life.
- Effective and easy information sharing system.
RECOMMENDATION AND CONCLUSION:
Based on my knowledge and experience, I will recommend the following action to be taken for an impactful, effective, professional, and technology driven cooperative movement societies in Nigeria, that aims toward achieving Global best practices, and of course in being the best:
- An orientation training program to be carried out all over the country, for sensitization of the global best practices of what and how cooperative movement can become a developmental tool towards nation building, career development, community development and self-sufficiency.
- A team of selected cooperative practitioners should be put in place as supervisory committee to start an immediate overhauling of the system.
- A central information database control center to be put in place, where with one touch of the button you can get ready and accurate information of all cooperative societies in Nigeria.
- An effective recognized single Apex body to control, regulate and supervise and work amicably with all other Apexes for effectiveness, implementation of rules and regulations and for sustainability and continuity.
I am very grateful to have participated in this program and will make sure to share the knowledge in Nigeria and keep looking for ways to improve my skills and grow my career.
Women participants in training in Ottawa
Women participants working on group projects
Women participants working in groups