BARD RDA Mulungushi University AHKNCRD

International Workshops - Cum - Training Programmes

AARDO has designated the following centres of excellence where international workshop-cum-training programmes are being organized regularly:


Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla

bard The role of micro-credit or financial inclusion in poverty alleviation is well recognized throughout the world.Bangladesh is the place where the seedbed of micro-credit was prepared, experimented and flourished with the recognized system to serve the people. The Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), the apex level institute in Bangladesh, undertakes research, training and consultancy on various aspects of rural development. It also introduced micro-credit in the early sixties. In order to share rich experiences of micro-credit of Bangladesh, AARDO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development to organize international workshop-cum-training programme on financial inclusion and rural transformationfrom the year 2010. Under the MoU, 20 nominees annually will participate. As regards the financial liability, AARDO will bear expenses on international air travel whereas BARD and AARDO will jointly meet expenses on local hospitality including boarding, lodging transportation, study materials and study visits, etc.

The programme has been regularly organized since 2011. In fact, in 2013, the programme was upgraded to an international workshop. AARDO will continue organizing the programme at BARD in the triennium 2018 - 2020.

Duration : 2 Weeks

Target Participants: Holding Bachelors Degree and working in the relevant field.

  1. Discuss the relationship between sustainable development goals (SDGs) and rural transformation;
  2. Describe the effects of financial exclusion and the benefits of financial inclusion;
  3. Identify suitable methods for financial inclusion of the rural people, especially for the excluded population in the country
  4. Describe importance and process of the financial inclusion system for attaining SDGs'
  5. Design new financial products or services by addressing economic, cultural and structural problems; and
  6. Identify ways to mobilize adequate funds and develop mechanism for inclusion of poor in financial system.

Rural Development Academy (RDA),Bogra

BograThe Rural Development Academy (RDA), established in 1974, and located in Bogra, Bangladesh, is a specialized national rural development institution for training, research and action research. The Academy is an autonomous institution officiated with the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Co-operatives, Government of Bangladesh. It provides training aimed at creation of skilled and efficient manpower in the field of rural development. The broad areas of training include climate change adaptation & mitigation, institution building, agricultural development including fisheries, horticulture, livestock and poultry development, crop production, soil management, women in development, etc. The Academy is mainly undertaking research on farming, horticulture, floriculture, tissue culture, livestock, poultry, etc.

Recognizing RDA as a centre of excellence in the field of green innovation in agriculture for rural development, AARDO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rural Development and Cooperative Division (RDCD) of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and the Academy on 19 January 2017.

Under the proposed MoU, a Regional/International Training Programme would be organised at RDA for the benefit of member countries with the provision for 20 training slots including one or two AARDO officials. The Programme will be for two weeks duration. AARDO will bear the travel cost of the participants from their respective country to Dhaka and back. The Rural Development Academy will provide the local hospitality including food and lodging, study materials and study visit.

Duration : 2 Weeks

Target Participants: Holding Bachelors Degree and working in the relevant field.

Objective: The broad objective of the training programme is to enhance knowledge of the participants on the concepts and cross cutting issues of green innovation and sustainable agricultural and rural development through presentation, discussion and exposure visits.


Mulungushi University, Kabwe

The Mulungushi University, located in Kabwe, Zambia is a leading institution of higher learning in Zambia. Its mission is to provide high quality education and generate knowledge and technological innovations relevant to national and regional development goals. It offers a wide range of degree, diploma and certificate programmes. The main objective of the University is to contribute to the attainment of sustainable growth and development in all fields of economic activity.

Considering that some of the activities of the University are very relevant for AARDO member countries, AARDO has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University in 2009 under which both will cooperate with each other in all matters of common interest that arise in the field of disaster management training, agri-business and rural development issues. In line with the MoU, So far, one regional and two international training programmes on Disaster Management have been organized(till 2014) at the University . As regards to the funding of the programme, AARDO meets the expenses on the international airfare of the participants whereas the Mulungushi University provides local hospitality including boarding, lodging, transportation, study materials and study visits, etc. In view of the efficacy of the programme to the member countries, this training programme is being continued at the University during the triennium 2018 - 2020.

Duration : 2 Weeks

Target Participants: Holding Bachelors Degree and working in the relevant field.

  1. Define Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation/Concepts and methodology;
  2. Identify roles of various stakeholders in DRR/CCA activities; and
  3. Share experiences in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change.


Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHK-NCRD), Islamabad

ahkncrdAHK-NCRDis a federal training and research institution. The Centre, an autonomous apex institution focuses on human resource development and organizes workshops/seminars, training programmes besides conducting action research. AARDO felt that some of the activities of the Centre are very relevant for its member countries. Therefore, it signed a Mutual Collaboration & Assistance Agreement (MCAA) with AHK-NCRD for (a) organization of international/regional training programmes, (b) organization of international/regional workshops and seminars, (c) conducting studies in member countries, and (d) deputation of experts. The esteemed Government of Pakistan, in collaboration with AARDO, is annually organising an international workshop-cum-training programme on "Irrigation System and Water Management" at AHK NCRD since 2012. As per the arrangement, while AARDO meets cost of international air travel of its sponsored candidates, AHK NCRD bears expenses on their board & lodging, study visits, tuition fees, course materials, etc.

Considering the usefulness of the programme, AARDO will continue organizing the programme at AHK NCRD during the triennium 2018-2020.

Duration : 2 Weeks

Target Participants: Holding Bachelors Degree and working in the relevant field.

Objectives: The objectives to familiarize participants with prevailing situation of water resources in Afro-Asian region; to identify major issues in management of water resources; to deliberate on the government policies and strategies; and share experiences and best practices in irrigation and water management and suggest suitable measures to overcome the challenges.