Study Mission to Kenya

Innovation and development impact in Kenya’s credit union system (October 12th-19th, 2019)

CDF Canada is offering a unique opportunity for a select group of Canadian credit union leaders to visit Kenya during a one-of-a-kind study mission. This exclusive mission will be open to 5 people only and will familiarize participants with development projects supported by CDF Canada and implemented in partnership with the African Confederation of Co-operative Savings and Credit Associations (ACCOSCA). CDF Canada has been actively supporting coop and credit union development in Kenya for many years. A major focus of our work is leveraging credit union structures to promote economic opportunities through financial inclusion initiatives. We have been working closely with ACCOSCA for many years to providing resources, technical assistance and new funding avenues to support credit union development projects.

Participants will have the privilege of attending and participating as panelists in ACCOSCA’s 20th SACCA Congress taking place in Mombasa from October 14th to 18th, 2019. The event will gather 1000+ senior-level credit union professionals and address pressing issues around leadership, resource mobilization and inclusive development.

Kenya’s financial systems are at various stages from developing concepts to developed and well-oiled structures, so it is a fascinating country to visit through a financial co-operative lens. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the only truly functioning and independent co-operative bank in the African continent. They will also meet government officials, influencers in the sector and beneficiaries of CDF Canada’s Women Mentorship Program, which is generously supported by Canadian credit unions and empowers women to lead financial co-ops and reduces gender inequalities in Kenya and 15 more countries around the world.

Once arrived in-country, the mission will begin in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi on October 13th with a joint meeting of our in-country partners. Participants will then make their way to the coastal city of Mombasa to participate in the ACCOSCA conference from October 14th to 18th followed by presentations and meetings with beneficiaries, as well as field visits to project credit unions in the region. Participants will then have the option to go on an overnight safari tour for a nature tourism and cultural experience before returning to Canada.

All accommodation in Nairobi and Mombasa, transfers, flights (from/to Canada and in-country transfers), safari accommodation and guided game drive at Masai Mara, visas, insurance, guide, and translator fees and welcome dinner costs are included in the price per participant.

For more information, please contact by September 15th, 2019:
Jennifer Lerus-Roulez
Manager, Fundraising and Strategic Partnerships
CDF Canada
613-238-6711 ext. 241
Email: Jlerus-roulez@cdfcanada.coop

Please visit the following links for more information on:
ACCOSCA’s conference in Kenya
Masai Mara One day safari tour itinerary example
CDF Canada’s impacts

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