Registration for the Development Education (DE) Program Opens
MADISON, Wis. (1/21/04)--The National CU
Foundation (NCUF) is accepting applications for
its Development Education program, which explores
the social mission and uniqueness of credit
NCUF's DE program will be held June 3-8 at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
Participants study community development, low-
income credit unions, and cultures and movements
of developing nations.
"After six years working with this program and
the people who have gone through it, I will say
without hesitation that the Development Education
program can be life altering," said Bruce
Wheeler, DE program director and the NCUF's
director of grants and communication. "It truly
opens peoples' eyes as to the power that credit
unions have to impact the world around us."
Wheeler cited Lois Kitsch, regional manager of
Asia and Europe for World Council of CUs Inc.
(WOCCU), and her dramatic shift in career paths
as an example of the power of the program.
Kitsch is preparing for a two-year stint in
Afghanistan to help the country's citizens open
up to 15 credit unions using Islamic banking
principles. Kitsch emphasized the need for credit
unions in Afghanistan because the general public
lacks many basic saving and credit services, with
options limited to borrowing from local grocery
Kitsch recently returned to the U.S. after
years in the Philippines where she helped
establish several credit unions. "The Development
Education program changed my life," Kitsch
said. "It not only changed what I thought of my
life, but also what I thought of myself."
To be eligible for the program, staff and
Be an employee or volunteer of an organization
affiliated with CUNA (credit unions, leagues,
associations and service organizations) or, in
the case of international participants, an
association affiliated with WOCCU;
Receive employer and league signatures on the
application as an endorsement; and
Be willing to devote a reasonable amount of
and personal time for development-related
volunteer activities of their choosing.
The program is presented by the NCUF with
from WOCCU, CUNA and CUNA Mutual Group.
Deadline for registration is May 7. For more
information and application materials, call Bruce
Wheeler at 800-356-9655, ext. 4979, or use the
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.
Contact: Kris Hoffman Ackley
Organization: Credit Union National Association