The 1st CIRDAP-BARD Flagship Training Programme :

The Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) and Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) jointly organized a regional training course on Integrated Rural Development, Governance, Trade, and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific, from 4-25, November 2022. A total of 18 participants participated in the course from 11 countries, of which 9 were female and 9 were male. Prominent experts on the subjects were invited as speakers. The inaugural session was held at CIRDAP International Convention Centre (CICC) on 5 Nov. 2022. The Honorable Minister, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives was invited as the chief guest while the Secretary of Rural Development & Co-operatives Division (RDCD), Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives as the special guest. While welcoming all guests and participants to this course, Dr. Cherdsak Virapat, Director General of the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), said that more than seven thousand (7,000) people participated in and benefited from training and research activities conducted in CIRDAP since its inception in 1979. Many alumni are now leaders, senior officials, and experts in governments, development agencies, academia, and research institutes. The 3-week training programme is specifically designed to benefit civil servants, mid-career professionals, educators, researchers, media professionals, and civil society members who have IRD – related responsibilities and functions or interests. The course receives 18 participants from the CIRDAP member countries and one participant from the South-South cooperation of AARDO.

“This 21 days intensive training programme packed with highly informative and useful contents both in lectures and practical assignments had enlightened me to the various areas of importance in integrated rural development (IRD).  The course greatly enhanced my knowledge in IRD especially on policy making skills, significant challenges faced by rural communities, climate change, and natural disaster and gender issues.”

Ms. Mutia Azura Mohamed, Principal Assistant Secretary, Strategic Planning Division Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, Malaysia

“The training program was a perfect blend of theories and best practices in the field of integrated rural development. It made me realize that the natural environment is central to the economic activity and growth of a country.”

Mr. ANAS AL ISLAM, Assistant Director, Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Bangladesh

“The training programme, where nearly 40 lectures were carried out by eminent professionals on related subjects, helped immensely to broaden our horizons while sharing experiences among participants from different countries. One thing I found amazing in the programme is the involvement of every participant in conducting lecture sessions, development of leadership skills, and gradual development of team spirit among participants”

Ms. Uthpala Jayasinghe, Research Officer, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Sri Lanka

“I expected it to be like any other training, with standard lectures. It was especially nice because, in addition to the well-organized lectures, we were able to visit places in Comilla, Bangladesh such as the Agricultural Village and a museum. Some of the lectures are interactive, and I like how the lecturers relate the lecture to their experiences. I am very confident in applying what I learned in the training to any possible related situation.”

Ms. Sittie Khayra B. Fermin, Agrarian Reform Programme Technologist, Department of Agrarian Reform, Philippines

“the organizers both CIRDAP and BARD are very focused on providing knowledge, sharing experience and information in related fields, interspersed with extra fun activities such as an ethnic nights and potluck so that there is very limited time left for other additional activities. While I was participating in the various education and training courses, I had the opportunity to socialize with participants from CIRDAP member countries which gave me a new understanding of diversity eventually they became my new family, the host of participants from Bangladesh gave me a deep impression of sincerity and kindness.”

Ms. Meydy Deyby Sandra Malonda, Administrator - Sub Directorate Capacity Building for Village Government, Directorate General of Village Governance Ministry of Home Affairs, Indonesia

Topics were related to new different challenges of rural development in Asia and pacific and let us knew that these challenges have created tensions in all Asian countries and per country has special potentials to cooperate together for solving them. In addition to scientific achievements, it has raised our adaption in life and more compatible with different conditions. In addition, acquaintance with different accents, cultures, clothes, habits and customs has been other achievements of this training.

Ms. Saeedeh Nazari Nooghabi, Assistant Professor of Economic Affairs Office Agriculture, Research, Education and Extension Organization, Yemen Ave, Chamran Highway, Garden of Agriculture, Tehran, Iran