By Andrew Nsoseka
The pan-African banking service provider, Ecobank, has announced that its Academy will be training 150 senior leaders of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC, drawn from 45 African countries.
The training to be powered by Ecobank is based on the theme: ‘Building African National Society leadership to be proud of’. The training is aimed at strengthening the leadership skills of the selected persons, with the foresight that the trained will use their acquired knowledge and skills to better help the communities they serve.
A press release issued on behalf of Ecobank, by the APO group, notes that: “The IFRC is leveraging its partnership with Ecobank to upscale its capabilities through training to enhance its work in local communities.” It further stated that the three-day ‘IFRC Africa Region Leadership Forum’ training course is being provided by the Ecobank Academy. The Academy delivers world-class management development courses and is the first pan-African corporate university, as well as one of the largest capability development centres in Africa.
The course offered to the leaders will include training on leadership skills, leading National Societies effectively, partnership management, governance and responsibility, risk management and controls, sustainability, integrity and transparency, youth and gender engagement and the opportunities of digitisation.
The release quotes Simon Rey, Group Head, Ecobank Academy and Carl Manlan, COO of Ecobank Foundation, as saying: “The Ecobank Academy and Ecobank Foundation have worked closely with the IFRC to devise training courses for their national leaders, covering key leadership skills such as governance, accountability and sustainability. We have built a strong relationship with the IFRC and it is hugely gratifying that we can play a role in their impactful work supporting suffering communities.”
Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, IFRC’s Regional Director for Africa, is quoted as saying: “At the IFRC, we recognise that leadership is about solving problems. The training that our African leaders will receive from the Ecobank Academy will successfully position them to devise solutions to the challenges they face. Ecobank’s support in this, and in many other ways, is proving to be an invaluable asset in our work to address health, disasters and crises affecting communities throughout the African continent.”
The APO maintained that Ecobank and the IFRC signed a partnership agreement in November 2018, to work closely together in empowering local communities to cope with disasters more efficiently. In addition to providing training, Ecobank is leveraging its digital banking and QR code capabilities to boost IFRC’s fundraising. Initiatives on behalf of IFRC National Societies by Ecobank’s affiliate companies have seen the setting up of digital membership records and enrolment processes, Ecobank staff volunteering to help in communities facing crisis, and the receipt of First Aid training from IFRC volunteers.
Ecobank is the parent company of the leading independent pan-African banking group, Ecobank. The group operates in 36 African countries, including Cameroon, where it has branches all over the country, to serve its growing clientele. The Group employs over 15,930 people in 40 different countries in its over 940 branches and offices.