Uganda

Sparkassenstiftung Uganda has strategically supported AMFIU and UCSCU in the Development of strategic & Business plan for the Dual Apprenticeship System, Training Academy and Human resource Review respectively. The strategic business plan clarifies the implementation modalities, organizational requirements, the curriculum, the training plan and the financial forecasts while the Human resource review was to guide UCSCU in the restructuring of its human resource.

 

Strategic Advice

Strengthening our partner institutions


Eastern Africa 

Sparkassenstiftung for International Cooperation in Eastern Africa is currently working in five project countries, namely Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. In order to provide the best support for Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and Savings and Credit Co-operatives (SACCOs), their clients and umbrella organizations, Sparkassenstiftung employs experienced, committed, and ambitious national and international staff. Currently, experts from seven nations work for the foundation in Eastern Africa. 

Sparkassenstiftung supports the development of rural areas. Therefore, we offer advisory services to strengthen MFIs and SACCOs in Eastern Africa: 

  • We develops concepts for financial products and shared services and support MFIs/SACCOs and umbrella organisations in the implementation;

  • We conduct needs assessments and feasibility studies e.g. on the establishment of a refinancing fund for the microfinance sector in Eastern Africa;

  • We organize conferences and meetings to exchange knowledge and experiences within the whole region;

  • We offer workshops for MFIs/ SACCOs to comply with current and new regulations; 

  • We conducts needs analysis and accompany the introduction of IT-systems and e.g. reporting or management information software. 

Another important field of work is the sustainable development of our partnering meso-level institutions. Together we pursue to make umbrella organizations technically and economically more sustainable.

  • We coach and support MFIs/ SACCOs and umbrella institutions to develop strategies to reduce adverse economic effects;
  • We conduct workshops to evaluate existing sustainability plans, update sustainability strategies for their partners in each East African country individually;
  • In some cases, we develop business plans together with our partners;
  • Our strategic advise includes regular reviews of strategic and business plans together with our partners;
  • To ensure ongoing and future cooperation, it is essential to assess new partnerships.   

Kenya  

Sparkassenstiftung is supporting the microfinance sector through our partners Association of Microfinance Institutions in Kenya (AMFI-K) and the African Confederation of Co-operative Savings and Credit Associations (ACCOSCA) to assist them in developing and reviewing their strategic plans. Strategic plans provide the roadmap to align the organization's functional activities to achieve set goals. They guide management discussions and decision making in determining resource and budget requirements to accomplish set objectives and thus increasing operational efficiency.


Rwanda  

Since 2009, Sparkassenstiftung has been permanently active in partnership projects in Rwanda focusing on institutional strengthening. Sparkassenstiftung considers the strategic planning of an organisation as one of the most fundamental components and one of the first steps in institutional strengthening. We support our local partner organisations, the Association of Microfinance Institutions in Rwanda (AMIR), the National Cooperatives Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR) and the Rwandan Institute of Cooperatives, Enterpreneurship and Microfinance (RICEM), with methodological approaches that facilitate the strategic planning process.

By organizing and facilitating stakeholder and member workshops right at the beginning of the process, we ensure the involvement of key players and receive direct unfiltered feedback. This is of enormous importance for the later development of the strategic direction. The identification and consideration of the most recent documents (policies, laws, guidelines, and framework conditions) but also of numerical data by national statistical authorities is an important element of our desk research. Both activities set the foundation for an individual status quo analysis, which includes an analysis of external (e.g. market analysis) as well as internal conditions (SWOT analysis).

Based on these framework conditions we develop together with our partners AMIR, RICEM, and NCCR suitable and sustainable business models, which include services that can be demanded by the beneficiaries and can be priced.  

Together with RICEM, we are working on increasing the visibility of their training offers by expanding various communication channels, especially in the digital area. Therefore, we are supporting the establishment of a new website and an integrated e-learning platform. This platform could be a new opportunity to to offer online trainings. In addition, there are also efforts to advise and support partners in the establishment of different social media channels. A further long-term goal is to support RICEM in close cooperation with local authorities in order to offer accredited trainings. This would lead to a unique selling proposition, as no other vocational institution in the microfinance sector in Rwanda provides something alike.   


Uganda

Sparkassenstiftung Uganda has strategically supported AMFIU and UCSCU in the Development of strategic & Business plan for the Dual Apprenticeship System, Training Academy and Human resource Review respectively. The strategic business plan clarifies the implementation modalities, organizational requirements, the curriculum, the training plan and the financial forecasts while the Human resource review was to guide UCSCU in the restructuring of its human resource.

 

Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation e.V.
Regional office Rwanda:
RICEM Premises, KN 193 St, Kabusunzu, Nyakabanda
P.O. Box 4335, Kigali-Rwanda

Phone: +250 723 380 119

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