April Ezine

Foundation Updates

We hope you are continuing to keep safe and well, and you enjoyed the Easter break.

Below are some programme updates from the past two months, we continue to remotely support our various local partners. As always thanks to the many Credit Unions who support us to do this work, and help our local partners to bring financial inclusion to people who need it most. We are also seeking to recruit a Desk Officer, information on the role is also below.

Alan Moore,

Sierra Leone

  • 60 GMF members in three villages participated in training for the new oralised passbooks, aimed at improving financial literacy. The project is being carried out in conjunction with Conakry Dee Credit Union. 
  • A small number of credit unions held their AGMs and others are undergoing audits to allow them hold their AGMs.
  • NaCCUA Board members participated in a three day IT training, see video below. 
  • A training officer has been recruited to join the local office in Freetown.
NaCCUA Board members discuss what they learned at the IT training.


- Two regional apex organisations for SACCOs in Amhara and Addis were officially launched, and a feasibility workshop on establishing a third regional apex in the SNNPR region was undertaken.
- Training was provided to staff from Regional Cooperative Promotion offices on the topic of Regulation and Supervision.

The Gambia

- Mary O'Reilly, The Lough Credit Union, hosted the first of a series of training webinars for the Compliance Officers in NACCUG.

News and Events

Powering CUs in Sierra Leone

Thanks to a co-funded project between the Foundation, Savvi Credit Union and Electric Aid*, we are supporting four of the fastest growing rural credit unions to have access to electricity and use a computer to run credit union reports. The funding received from Electric Aid allowed for the purchase, delivery and installation of generators and solar panels. The generators and solar panels play a vital role in mitigating the constraints on CU operations caused by Sierra Leone’s limited electricity supply as they allow for CU offices to be clearly lit for its members to safely do their business and to run computer equipment. It is noteworthy that still today many of the areas serviced by FIRSL supported CUs have no access to electricity and it remains a serious challenge for Sierra Leone. These assets will allow them to also now experience the considerable benefits these assets have been proven to bring to earlier recipients and will enable them to harness technology to help manage their growth in a more structured and sustainable manner.

These key assets will be kept on the ILCUF Ltd. Fixed Asset Register in Freetown and Asset Use Agreements have been put in place with the participating CUs.

*Electric Aid is the ESB and EirGrid staff's social justice and development fund.

Job Vacancy

The Foundation are looking to recruit a Desk Officer. The successful person will be responsible for providing project management support for the Foundation’s major projects, serving as the primary link between international country partners and Dublin Head Office. For more on the job description and application process, click here                

If you know of anybody who might be interested please share with them.

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 - the most recent updates as of Wednesday, 7th April:

- Ethiopia: 221,544 confirmed cases, 3,058 deaths         
- Sierra Leone: 3,993 confirmed cases, 79 deaths
- The Gambia: 5,564 confirmed cases, 166 deaths, 12,674 vaccinated

The credit unions and apex organisations continue to adhere to all government regulations and have preventative measures in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Foundation would like to thank everyone who supports to undertake our work: the Irish Credit Unions, our institutional donors,
development partners, our corporate partners,
the Irish League of Credit Unions and our many supporters.
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Irish League of Credit Unions, 33-41 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2

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The ILCU International Development Foundation is registered in Ireland,
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