EXPOSURE VISIT

ASA exposure visits are organized by ASA, Bangladesh all through the year for microfinance practitioners, students, top level managers from different enterprises, entrepreneurs, chief executives of different banks and many other interested individuals & groups/delegations from around the globe. Since the beginning of 1993, ASA’s acceptance of visitors got a flow towards advertising and enterprising nature in a full swing. As a result, the number of exposure visitors in ASA has been increasing day by day.

The objective of ASA exposure visit program is to share our learning about microfinance and its impact in reducing poverty of poor households in Bangladesh. The exposure visitors are exposed to ASA head office operations as well as to the branch office programs.

Many interested microfinance practitioners and personnel from MFIs in-country and abroad visits ASA, Bangladesh in every year since 1993 onwards. Individuals and groups from globally renowned enterprises and organizations pay visits to ASA to gain practical ideas how ASA operates its programs? Moreover, the impact of microfinance and micro-savings in the lives of borrowers remains another interest of the visitors.

Fill in the form given herewith and send the same to the office of International Affairs at “ASA Research”<research@asa.org.bd>. The officer(s) will officially correspond with you within the shortest possible time to finalize the request.

Table-01 Shows the format below of the required information for ASA to finalize an exposure visit for individual or group/team:

 

 SL.NOs Particulars

Information Requests

1 Contact person’s name, designation & official address with phone, fax, email numbers  
2 Official address of the institution and its phone, fax, email numbers  
3 Expected date of exposure visit in ASA, Bangladesh(Duration)  
4 Name(s) and Designation(s) of the exposure visitors with valid passport number(s) of each. Please use the name(s) as used in your passport(s).  
5 Area(s) of your interest of knowing, if any  
6 Invitation Letter ASA invites the visitors according to the expected number of visiting days of the delegate(s)from abroad,
7 Airport Pick-up or drop-off You are to let us know, if required or not? There are hotels which do not charge, but there are some which charges the visitor(s) for one way
8 Accommodation Own arrangement or on request we give booking for the visitors?
9 Local Transportation Vehicle(s) on payment from the rent-a-car company may be hired by the visitor(s)for internal movements;
10 Facilitation Fees On your arrival the facilitation fees can be paid in US$ or in BDT at the ASA Head Office cash section. Fees may be paid in the ASA Branch Office also if the visitor(s) wants the ASA Branch office visit only.

 

FEES

A set of facilitation fees chart have been exposed in the following for understanding of the visitors who wants to come to ASA.  Based on the rates here the visitors may plan to come for an exposure visit to ASA, Bangladesh as per their congenial time. ASA charges exposure visit facilitation fees in the following manner:

  • US$50/day/person for a group of 1-5 persons
  • US$30/day/person for a group of 6 & above
  • US$25/half-day/person for a group of any number

ASA charges the visitors from the SAARC countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the following manner:

  • US$40/day/person for a group of 1-5 persons and
  • US$20/half-day/person for a group of 6 & above
  • US$15/half-day/person for a group of any number from 1 & above

For the Bangladeshi delegations in any number-

  • US$10/day/person Or in BDT 700/day/person
  • US$7/half-day/person Or in BDT 500/half-day/person

 

ACCOMMODATION

A number of good hotels are available here in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The office of ASA International Affairs may assist the exposure visitors for hotel room booking on request of the visitors to ASA.

 

FOOD

Bangladeshi dish and other continental dishes are available here. You may choose your items for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Transportation

ASA does not have any transportation facilities for the exposure visitors. On request of the delegation/team, ASA arranges vehicle(s) from “Rent- a-Car” service centre(s).

The NGOs, MFIs, Banks and many other institutions send their delegations to ASA for exposure visit. As to expose the ASA microfinance operations to them both at head quarters and field levels, ASA follows the following training curriculum/modules for the duration chosen by the visitors. The interested people from around the globe may have a look to the following illustrated modules for their perusal, if found them interesting to look at only.

 

Modules           

MODULE-01 [One Day VISIT]

Part-I:

1.   Video Presentation : A Documentary Show on ASA

2.   An overview of ASA Microfinance Program

3.   An overview of Field Visit, Monitoring and Supervision Procedures of ASA Microfinance Program

4.   Courtesy Meeting with the ASA President and /or with ASA top management staff

Part-II:

1.    ASA urban Branch Office Visit

2.    Group Visit

3.    Interaction with the borrowers

4.    IGA visits

5.    An overview of ASA field office structure and a  Branch operations

MODULE-02 [TWO Day VISIT]

Day-1 Head Office Program

1.   Video Presentation: A Documentary Show on ASA

2.   An overview of ASA Microfinance Program

3.   Field Visit, Monitoring and Supervision Procedures of ASA

4.   An overview of ASA’s Finance, MIS and Partner Organizations’ Activities

5.   An overview of AMMS Development & Its Present Status

6.   Courtesy Meeting with the ASA President and /or with ASA top management staff

Day-2 Branch Visit Program

1.   ASA Rural Branch Visit

2.   Group visit and  interaction with borrowers

3.   IGA visits

4.   An overview of borrower selection process

5.   Branch Record Keeping Procedures: Forms and Registers Used

6.   Customer relations

7.   Risk management

8.   HR Activities in the Branch (LO recruitment, LO training, payroll maintenance, etc.)

9.   Use of ASA Manual in managing HR

10.  Demonstration of loan disbursement

11.   Duties and Responsibilities of LO-ABM-BM-RM-ADM-DM

 

MODULE-03 [THREe Day VISIT]

Day-1 Head Office Program

1.       Video Presentation : A Documentary Show on ASA

2.       An overview of ASA Microfinance Program

3.       Field Visit, Monitoring and Supervision Procedures of ASA Microfinance Program

4.       An overview of ASA’s Loan Delinquency Management System

5.       An overview of ASAI Activities and its present status

6.       Courtesy Meeting with the ASA President and /or with ASA top management staff

Day-2 Branch Visit Program

1.       ASA Urban Branch Office Visit

2.       group visit and  interaction with borrowers,

3.       IGA visits

4.       HR Activities in the Branch (LO recruitment, LO training, payroll maintenance, etc.)

5.       Use of ASA Manual in managing HR

6.       An overview on borrower selection process

7.       Demonstration of Loan disbursement

8.       ASA Branch record keeping procedures

9.       Branch reporting system

10.    MIS and branch accounting system

11.    Duties and Responsibilities of LO-ABM-BM-RM-ADM-DM

Day-3 Branch Visit Program

1.        ASA Rural Branch Office Visit

2.        Group Visit,

3.        Interaction with borrowers

4.        IGA visit of the borrowers

5.        HR  Management at the branch level

6.        Banking at the branch level

7.        Record-Keeping Systems at the Branch Office Level

MODULE-04 [FOUR Day VISIT]

Day-1 Head Office Program

1.        Video Presentation : A Documentary Show on ASA

2.        Briefing: Overview of ASA-methodology, client profile and experience in micro-credit and other activities

3.        Field Visit, Monitoring and Supervision Procedures of ASA Microfinance Program

4.        An overview of ASA’s Different Sections at Head Office and Field Levels

5.        An overview of ASA’s Research & Documentation Systems

6.        Courtesy Meeting with the ASA President and /or with ASA top management staff

Day-2 Branch Visit Program

1.        ASA Urban Branch Office Visit

2.        Group visit and  interaction with borrowers

3.        IGA visits

4.        HR Activities in the Branch (LO recruitment, LO training, payroll maintenance, etc. )

5.        Use of ASA Manual in managing HR

6.        An overview of borrower selection process

7.        Demonstration of Loan disbursement

8.        Duties and Responsibilities of LO-ABM-BM-RM-ADM-DM

Day-3 Branch Visit Program

1.        ASA Rural Branch visit to see the overall branch  activities such as-

2.        group visit and  interaction with borrowers,

3.        IGA visits

4.        Role of Regional & District Desks

5.        Field Level Supervision and Monitoring Activities

6.        Field Level Internal Control Mechanisms

7.        Field Level Accounting & Record Keeping Procedures

8.        Field Level MIS Activities

Day-4 Head Office Program

1.        An overview of ASA’s Human Resource Management Systems

2.        An overview of ASA’s simple Accounting Methods

3.        An overview of ASA’s Audit of Accounts Systems

4.        An overview of ASA’s Finance, MIS and Partner Organizations’ Activities

MODULE-05 [FIVe Day VISIT]

Day-1 Head Office Program

1.      Video Presentation : A Documentary Show on ASA

2.      An overview of ASA Microfinance Program

3.      Field Visit, Monitoring and Supervision Procedures of ASA Microfinance Program

4.      An overview of ASA’s IT Systems and its AMMS Development Status

5.      An overview of ASA’s Media Relations and Communication Procedures

6.      An overview of ASA’s Exposure Visit and Internship Programs

7.      Courtesy Meeting with the ASA President and /or with ASA top management staff

Day-2 Branch Visit Program      

1.      ASA Urban Branch Office Visit

2.      Group Visit

3.      Interaction with borrowers

4.      IGA visit of the borrowers

5.      An overview of ASA Branch Operations

6.      Role of Regional & District Desks

7.      Field Level Supervision and Monitoring Activities

8.      Field Level Internal Control Mechanisms

9.      Field Level Accounting & Record Keeping Procedures

10. Field Level MIS Activities

Day-3 Branch Visit Program

1.      ASA Rural Branch Office Visit

2.      Group Visit,

3.      Interaction with borrowers

4.      IGA visit of the borrowers

5.      HR at the Branch Office Level

6.      Banking at the Branch Office Level

7.      Record-Keeping Systems at the Branch Office Level

Day-4 Branch Visit Program

1.      ASA Rural Branch Office Visit

2.      Group Visit,

3.      Interaction with borrowers

4.      IGA visit of the borrowers

5.      Customer relations at the branch

6.      Risk management at the branch

Day-5 Head Office Program

1.      An overview of ASA’s Human Resource Management Systems

2.      An overview of AMMS Development & Its Present Status

3.      An  overview of ASAI Activities

4.      An overview of ASA’s Finance, MIS and Partner Organizations’ Activities

 

MODULE-06 [SIX Day VISIT]

Day-1 Head Office Program

1.      Video Presentation : A Documentary Show on ASA

2.      An overview of ASA Microfinance Program

3.      Field Visit, Monitoring and Supervision Procedures of ASA Microfinance Program

4.      An overview of ASA’s IT Systems and its AMMS Development Status

5.      An overview of ASA’s Media Relations and Communication Procedures/Documentations

6.      Courtesy Meeting with the ASA President and /or with ASA top management staff

Day-2 Head Office  Program

1.      An overview of ASA’s Loan Delinquency Management System

2.      An overview of ASAI Activities and its present status

3.      An overview of ASA’s Human Resource Management Systems

4.      An overview of ASA’s Different Sections at Head Office and Field Levels

Day-3 Branch Visit Program

1.      ASA’s Urban Branch Visit

2.      Group visit and  interaction with borrowers

3.      IGA visits

4.      Branch Record Keeping Procedures: Forms and Registers Used

5.      Customer relations at the branch level

6.      Risk management at the branch level

7.      HR Activities in the Branch (LO recruitment, LO training, payroll maintenance

Day-4 Branch Visit Program

1.      ASA Rural Branch Office Visit

2.      Group Visit,

3.      Interaction with borrowers

4.      IGA visit of the borrowers

5.      An overview of borrower selection process

6.      Demonstration on Loan disbursement procedure

7.      Duties and Responsibilities of LO-ABM-BM-RM-ADM-DM

Day-5  Branch Office Program

1.      ASA Rural Branch visit to see the overall branch  activities such as-

2.      group visit and  interaction with borrowers,

3.      IGA visits: SEL & Agri-business

4.      Role of Region & District Operations

5.      Field Level Supervision and Monitoring Activities

6.      Field Level Internal Control Mechanisms

7.      Field Level Accounting & Record Keeping Procedures

8.      Field Level MIS Activities

Day-6 Head Office Program

1.        An overview of ASA’s Management Monitoring Systems

2.        An overview of ASA’s Legal Affairs and Its Importance

3.        An overview of Associate Organizations of ASA (ASA International, Hope For the Poorest, ASA Complex-Chunarughat, ASA Foundation, Green Housing & Energy Limited)

4.        An Impact of ASA’s Microfinance Sustainable Development Model on the livelihood of its Clientele.

5.        An overview of AMMS Development & Its Present Status

 

ASA has a number of microfinance literatures published during the last couple of years. A recent video on the basics of ASA microfinance sustainable development model is available. Visitors can buy ASA publications in Taka while bought from Bangladesh. On the other hand, while purchase requests are in postal order the mode of payment would be in US$ along with the postage charges. A list of ASA Publications with prices has been illustrated below:

BOOKS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH VERSION
 

Name of Publications

Year Author(s) Taka US  Dollar
1.       ASA in Transitions 1992 Md. Shafiqual Haque Choudhury 100/- $2
2.       Voices From the Lower Depth (Study Report) 1994 Kamrul Hassan Monju

UKM Shaukat Ara Begum

Murshada Habib

100/- $2
3.          ASA: The Biography Of An NGO (English) 1995 Stuart Rutherford 150/- $10
4.       Impact Of IGP on Family Income & Expenditure 1996 Shahedara Parvin

Shimul Akter

Nicholas DeCosta

Md. Mustafa Kamal

250/- $5
5.       People’s Attitude Towards Peoples Power & Resources 1996 Shahedara Parvin

Shimul Akter

Nicholas DeCosta

Md. Mustafa Kamal

100/- $2
6.       Causes Of Default in Micro Credit 1997 Md. Mustafa Kamal 100/- $2
7.       Hard Core poor in Micro credit 1997 Nicholas  DeCosta 100/- $5
8.       Impact Assessment Of ASA 1997 Michael Bruntrup

SM Alauddin

Afroz Huda

Mizanur Rahman

300/- $6
9.       ASA Experience In Action 1998 Kurt  Healey 1000/- $25
10.    Growth Of Savings 1998 Md. Mustafa Kamal 100/- $5
11.    How ASA Operates Profitably Serving The Poor 1998 A.K.M. Aminur Rashid Muhit 50/- $2
12.    ASA Innovations 1999 Kurt  Healey 200/- $8
13.    Impact Of ASA Small Business Program 2000 Md . Mustafa Kamal 100/- $5
14.    Maturing of Micro Credit Movements 2000 Pankaj.S Jain Ph.d 200/- $7
15.    ASA Manual (English) 2000 Md. Shafiqual Haque  Choudhury

M. Yahiya

Md. Fayzer Rahman

Md. Mustafa Kamal

3000/- $50
16.    Addressing Poverty 2002 Md. Mustafa Kamal 100/- $5
17.    Managing Micro Finance in An Innovative Way 2002 Md.Mustafa Kamal 200/- $7
18.    Fighting Poverty with Innovative Business Strategy 2003 Dr. Mostaq Ahmmed 300/- $10
19.    Impact Evaluation of ASA SEL program 2005 Sophie Verlet

Md. Mustafa Kamal

100/- $5
20.    Fundamental Changes in Traditional  Microcredit Concept and Practice 2006 Md.Mustafa Kamal 100/- $3
21.    Introducing ASA Innovative and sustainable Micro finance Model. 2006 Md.Mustafa Kamal 500/- $40
22.    ASA Technical  Assistance: A new horizon in global microfinance 2008 Md. Aourongjeb 500/- $30
23.    Why and How CARD, Philippines Embraces ASA Model 2009 Md. Mustafa Kamal 100/- $5
24.    Internal Control System in an MFI 2010 Md.Mustafa Kamal 200/- $10
BOOKS AVAILABLE IN BENGOLI VERSION
1.       Daridro Bimochon O trinomule Unnoyan 1996 Md. Enamul Haque 100/-  
2.       ASA Manual (Bengoli Version) 1998 8th Edition 800/-  
3.       ASA Manual  (Bangla Version) 2009 9th  Edition 1000/-  
4.       ASA : The Biography Of An NGO ( Bengoli  Version) 2001 A translation by Shirin Rahaman 125/-  
CD ON ASA DOCUMENTARY FILM AVAILABLE
5.      ASA Documentary (CD) 2010 ASA 500/- $10

For More Information: Please Contact

ASA, 23/3, Bir Uttam A.N.M Nuruzzaman Sarak, Block-B,Shyamoli,
Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
Telephone: 9116375, 8119828, 8110934-5, 8151113
Fax: 880-2-8111175, 9121861
Email: moidbaksh@asabd.org