CUNA Mutual Group Foundation Grants $50K to SWAMI Program
SWAMI participants listen attentively at a training session.
CUNA Mutual Group Foundation recently renewed
funding for the Strathmore-WOCCU African
Management Institute (SWAMI) program, granting
$50,000 to support the program's 2006-2007 cycle.
The funds are matched by World Council's
Cooperative Development Program, which is
sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International
CUNA Mutual Group Foundation's financial
will help strengthen the SWAMI program in a
number of ways. In the upcoming year, World
Council plans to work through SWAMI to develop a
student network of opportunities throughout
Africa, develop an alumni program, assess the
institutional impact of SWAMI participation and
evaluate the program's objectives of developing
SWAMI as a model credit union training program.
Sue Albrecht, Senior Vice President, International Division, CUNA Mutual Group.
"The SWAMI program has really come a long way
a short time," said Sue Albrecht, Senior Vice
President, International Division, CUNA Mutual
Group. "Strathmore and the World Council have
worked hard to make sure that the students stay
accountable and connected throughout and beyond
their studies. We're proud to contribute to this
important professional development program."
Thanks to the volunteer support of the
Credit Union League, World Council and Strathmore
University of Nairobi launched SWAMI in 2004 to
prepare senior SACCO (credit union) management
staff, aspiring managers and board members to
handle the challenges SACCOs face in today's
changing environment. This three-tier program
intertwines training and practical application.
In 2005, 38 students from Kenya, Seychelles,
Uganda and South Africa were the first to
graduate from the program.
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