AMIR seeks to strengthen its relationship with members through strategic approaches, to build a sustainable microfinance sector
By Felibien HIRWA TUZA.
The association of Microfinance Institutions in Rwanda (AMIR) convened the Quarterly Deans Meeting (QDM) on April 11th 2018. The QDM is a platform whereby 30 deans representing all managers of Umurenge SACCOs across the country, come together once a quarter/ four times a year, to discuss about business challenges that hamper the SACCOs daily activities. The QDM also is sought to be a strategic communication channel between AMIR secretariat and members to exchange information and collect advocacy issues.
This QDM is the first one convened in 2018, considering its agenda; participants are expected to adopt action points targeting to speed up the progress of AMIR’s shared services namely Audit Shared Services, and Recovery Shared Services.
This QDM2018 took place at RICEM and was attended massively by 22 out of 30 deans who had been invited. In his opening remarks, Aimable Nkuranga – the Executive director of AMIR, expressed his gratitude and thanked the deans for having responded positively to AMIR’s invitation; he further highlighted that the QDM attendance shows the deans’ commitment and dedication in regard to contributing to the national development agenda. Nkuranga also added that AMIR intends to efficiently improve its relationship with members through face-to-face meetings with “especially” SACCO managers and chairpersons across the country, to proactively detect and react on the needs of members.
“AMIR’s management is sought to be like an servant or a serving organ for AMIR members (…) thus AMIR will do whatever it takes to make sure that members ‘needs and expectations are met by any approach: be it through QDMs, field visits, advocacy and/ or any another strategy deemed necessary” Nkuranga pointed out.
Rwanda Microfinance Week, Stakeholders Meetings, Strategic Media Debates, Newsletters and Press Releases are other existing communication strategies that AMIR employs to effectively collect advocacy issues from members and at the same time communicating the issues to competent institutions for a “Call for action” as far as advocacy and lobbying is concerned.
This QDM for 2018 was a one day session, in its closure, it was concluded that “unit” should portray all members in their daily activities and collaboration, and in regularly sharing information with AMIR for prompt actions.