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Essential skills - ADA 3T

ADA 3T is a programme which provides tools, training and technical assistance aimed at microfinance institutions and professional associations with a view to enabling them to increase their skills and to broaden their range of services and products.

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The objective of the range of ADA3T services is to consolidate MFIs through the transfer of expertise and professional skills.

ADA uses its tools, training and technical assistance to support you in the development of your skills in four key areas:

ADA3T Tools

Our range of tools    

ADA and its range of partners have developed management tools which you can download and use free of charge. If you would like to integrate these tools within your day-to-day management practices, you can take part in a training course to learn how to use them. Take a look through the various areas in order to discover these practical tools which can provide real support for your activities!

ADA3T Trainings

Our range of vocational training courses

ADA provides vocational training courses which are grouped together in four key areas.

Some one hundred training courses of a duration of one to five days are delivered each year by ADA staff or trainers who have been trained and certified by ADA in Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and the MENA region.

The training is for directors, managers, technicians and field agents of MFIs and professional associations.

We also both manage and update the contents of nine courses which are specific to French-speaking Africa and which were initially developed by the CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), which is a reference point for training in microfinance.  These courses are managed and delivered by a network of partners and local trainers in 13 sub-Saharan African countries.

ADA also organises training courses for trainers to facilitate the transfer of expertise and to help create local teams.

Take a look at our entire range of training courses in our training catalogue.

ADA3T Technical assistance

Our technical assistance is tailored to meet your needs

ADA provides its know-how and skills in order to boost MFIs capacities in relation to organisational, institutional and financial matters.

We offer various forms of intervention, including tools, techniques and/or methods to respond to the needs of the institutions:

  • specific support, often of short duration (one to 12 months) in order to address a specific need identified by the institution;
  • short or medium duration (one to three years) support in the form of personalised coaching for selected institutions which have previously taken part in a training course on the specifically defined subject;
  • short or medium duration support for an institution throughout the entire product development cycle.


October 2018

A workshop to promote good practices in microfinance transparency

To strengthen and promote a culture of transparency within its microfinance institutions in Africa, MAIN (Microfinance African Institutions Network) and ADA (Support to Autonomous Development) organized a workshop from 23 to 25 October 2018 in Lome, Togo.

The training took place at the BKBG hotel in Baguida on the outskirts of Lomé. Its purpose was to raise the awareness of microfinance institution (MFI) leaders on the importance, issues and tools of transparency.

It was also an opportunity to present the new transparency index, integrated into the SPI4 tool, developed by ADA, MAIN and CERISE. 15 participants from 11 microfinance institutions from 5 countries (Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, & Togo) took part in the training, as well as 2 professional associations.

Atelier Formation Transparence en pratique

In the margins of the workshop, 6 trainers benefited from a training. The latter will be able to replicate workshops to promote transparency in several African countries in the coming months.

At the end of the training, the directors of MFIs evoke the wish to put in place "action plans" and "good practices" to allow to integrate the transparency component in their management of their MFI.

Some testimonials following the training:


Aubert André Tchikantio, Executive Director FIGEC, Cameroon - Training participant
"I would simply say that transparency is the first vector of profitability of our structures if each person of the link in the chain plays exactly the role that is his."


Jacques Afetor, Executive Director, Assilassimé, Togo - Training participant
"Transparency is an indicator of the effectiveness of the corporate culture. "


Mohamed Attanda, Director, MAIN, Togo - Organizer and trainer
"Transparency must be a catalyst for MFIs to be promoted at all levels in the institution and the MAIN network, will accompany members and collect their transparency index in order to be able to analyze the sector and thus promote transparency. . "

July 2018

PRMIA and RIM announce Merger


The Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA) and the Risk Management Initiative in Microfinance (RIM) today announce their merger to meet the growing needs of the risk management community and elevate their mission to set standards and serve the risk management profession.

Once complete, the merger will allow PRMIA and RIM to increase the reach of their Institution Assessment Trainings, expand the RIM membership base, and create a certificate program for the microfinance industry. Combined, RIM and PRMIA will increase responsiveness to industry needs and trends in support of its mission. Both bodies gain access to a larger, more inclusive conversation about comprehensive and newly-emerging risks facing our industries and the setting of industry-wide standards.
"PRMIA and RIM align well given our similar grass roots beginnings and missions to promote the global adoption and implementation of appropriate risk management standards", said Justin McCarthy, PRMIA Board Chair. He added, "Together we offer even more opportunities for industry professionals to come together to advance the profession".
"Greater collaboration and networking help us to serve a wider risk community with the addition of financial inclusion and impact investing risk managers", said Kraig Conrad, PRMIA CEO.
"Joining forces with PRMIA provides RIM with the operational platform and expertise to fully scale our global outreach while providing shared connection and learning opportunities between risk management professionals in the banking and microfinance communities", said Massimo Vita, RIM Steering Committee Chairperson.
"Being anchored within PRMIA will provide our membership with the opportunity to thrive and collaborate amongst a larger, dedicated community of risk management practitioners, not only strengthening their ability to anticipate and manage risks, but also leveraging our ability as an initiative to anticipate and develop much-needed, industry-wide solutions", said Kevin Fryatt, RIM Director.
Dedicated to defining and implementing the best practices of risk management in a broad range of industries and guided by the needs and voices of industry experts and practitioners, PRMIA provides an open forum for the development and promotion of the risk profession. With chapters around the world, PRMIA is a non-profit, member-led network dedicated to defining and implementing the best practices of risk management in a broad range of industries.
RIM is a collaborative, market strengthening initiative that brings microfinance sector professionals together to promote and support the implementation of stronger, more appropriate risk management in the microfinance sector. RIM has developed the Graduation Model, a framework for institutions within the microfinance sector to easily improve and strategically develop their internal risk management systems. Designed to identify gaps between current systems and industry standards, the Model ultimately provides guidelines—policies, limits, and tools—that provide quality and direction to future framework development.

May 2018

First workshop on key indicators in microfinance in Myanmar

On May 30, in front of a panel made up of 28 participants from 11 MFIs, the first Microfact training in key microfinance inductees organized by ADA and BRS.

Read the full news on the Microfact website:

Microfact / Myanmar

January 2018

Nearly 800 participants at ADA trainings in 2017

In 2017, 53 trainings were organized, funded, developed or delivered by ADA and its partners or through ADA-enabled network of trainers in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Over the course of the year, these courses represented a cumulative duration of almost 149 days, and affected nearly 800 professional or academic participants. With more than 20 years of field and research expertise, the trainings are part of ADA's support on topics such as management of social and financial performance, risk management, governance, institutional transparency, Microinsurance and rural finance.

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A training given by Laura Foschi, Executive director of ADA

A few observations on the past year:

60% of the 2016 training courses have been offered in Africa, the majority of these courses are delivered by a network of trainers in French-speaking African countries (ex-CAPAF), managed by ADA. The network is present in 13 countries and includes more than 110 authorized trainers.

More and more trainings are provided through Microfact, a joint initiative between ADA and BRS whose objective is to contribute to improving the performance of Microfinance Institutions and Microinsurance by providing them with tools and trainings.

Additionally, ADA continues to deliver courses in university programs in Europe and Africa.

Read the testimonials of our training participants

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