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and governments with representatives from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Lesotho, Botswana, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Swaziland.

Due Diligence

25th - 28th November 2014, Pretoria, South Africa
2nd - 5th December 2014, Pretoria, South Africa

These trainings were provided in response to a request by the Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa to train their members of staff so to enhance them with skills on how to conduct a due diligence in accordance with the requirements of the Development Finance Institutions, prepare a business plan and finance application to Development Finance Institution requirements.

The trainings were conducted on an interactive basis, using practical examples, presentations and case studies.

The first training was attended by twenty five (25) participants, of which 20 of them were from the Department of Trade and Industry and 5 from Norsad Finance – Botswana while the second one was attended by twenty four (24) participants, twenty (20) of them were from the Department of Trade and Industry, one (1) from the Development Bank of Namibia and five (5) from Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency – Botswana.

Prudential Standards, Guidelines and Rating System

10th - 21st November 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa


This workshop was aimed at promoting the adoption by DFIs of self-assessment practices in line with the Association of African Development Finance Institutions’ (AADFI) Prudential Standards, Guidelines and Rating System (PSGRS) for African DFIs. The programme seeks to:


  • Strengthen the technical capacity of participants;
  • Prepare individual DFI assessments and subject them to peer review;
  • Put in place individual DFI level action plans to address identified weaknesses; and
  • Allow DFIs the opportunity to compare their compliance with best practices in SADC as a whole.

In this programme the DFI submitted their self-assessments, and made presentations to the workshop on their experiences with implementation of the PSGRS.

Scan of National Development Finance Institutions

18th - 19th November 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa

A Validation Workshop was held to review the final draft report on the Scan of the Development Finance Institutions and Environment. The programme was held to confirm the findings, conclusions and action plan of the study.

The workshop was attended by SADC DFIs and representatives of Ministries of Finance and the Central Banks in the region

Debt Management

10th - 21st November 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa

The training was meant to share fundamentals required in Credit Relationship Management, Managing Problem Loans & Post Investment and strategies that will minimise their occurrence, optimise recovery of bad loans and nurture redeemable ones to good standing.  It was indispensable for institutions that want to sustain good loan administration practices or are having difficulties in managing their loan portfolio.

The incidence of high credit failures and growing non-performing loans are amongst current challenges of most financial institutions and has accounted for the failure of many.  Most often, bad debts have their roots in flagrant abuse of credit /loan policies and poor analytical skills of some lending officers. Thus, sanctioning a performing loan or credit depends on strict adherence to good loan policies and procedures, and the character of the lending professionals among others.

The programme was attended by thirty one (31) participants from eight (8) member network DFIs in the region and four (4) countries across the SADC region were represented.  Countries represented were Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis

10th - 14th November 2014, Pretoria, South Africa
3rd - 7th November 2014, Pretoria, South Africa

The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa requested the DFRC once again to provide trainings to their members of staff in core skills of Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis.