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The AADFI Professional Certificate in Development Finance Program inaugurated at DBSA Vulindlela Academy, Republic of South Africa on October 2nd, 2017

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The AADFI Professional Certificate in Development Finance Program inaugurated at DBSA Vulindlela Academy, Republic of South Africa on October 2nd, 2017

On Monday October 2nd, 2017, Mr. Patrick Dlamini, Chairman of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI) and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), officially inaugurated the first edition of the AADFI Professional Certificate in Development Finance Programme - Foundation Level. The African Development Bank (AfDB) was represented by Mr. Bleming Nekati, Chief Trade Finance Officer at the Financial Sector Development Department (OFSD) of the Bank. The training is being jointly organized by the AADFI and the Pan African Capacity Building Programme (PACBP) at the DBSA Vulindlela Academy, Republic of South Africa.

The aim of the training is to strengthen knowledge, build up core competence and valuable skills as requirements of officials in Development Finance Institutions and other Organizations involved in delivering services for development projects towards achieving the development agenda in Africa.

The AADFI Professional Certificate in Development Finance Program is at three levels of certification: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels leading to eligibility to sit for a Post Graduate Professional Certificate in Development Finance Examination of a partner University.

A cross section of participants from DFIs at lectures of the AADFI Professional Certificate Program in Development Finance at DBSA Vulindlela Academy in South Africa.
The Foundation Level course is being attended by 22 participants comprising Chief Executives and Senior Management Staffs from National, Regional and Sub-regional African DFIs, and facilitated by experts in Development Finance. The program methodology involves an integrated learning approach including plenary sessions, case-studies, group exercises and discussions, role play, term paper, participants' presentations and project visits, to facilitate learning and help understand development finance operations, generate ideas and solutions to address the needs of the sector.

Consequently, upon completing the ten days (October 2 to 11, 2017) of intensive training, the participants will be significantly equipped to effectively and efficiently:

- Demonstrate good understanding and knowledge of development finance operations and best practices;
- Understand and successfully carry out micro and term-lending operations;
- Perform detailed risks analysis of development financing activities in relation to development projects; and
- Demonstrate ability to nurture and support projects and entrepreneurs to success.

For further inquiries on other AADFI programmes, please visit our website at www.adfi-ci.org or contact us at info@adfi-ci.org / training@adfi-ci.org.

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