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May31, 2010

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We Hold Expectations of Ex-participants°«Successful Performances in the Future

 Between January 10 and 18, 2010, IDACA and ICA-AP visited Myanmar and China to jointly conduct follow-up surveys on the previous fiscal year°«s ICA/Japan Training Course for Promotion of Sustainable Enterprises for
Rural Women. Since the surveys were conducted in Myanmar, where it was very hot, and China, where it was very cold, the extremes in the climatic conditions made the surveys tough and trying for us, both physically°°and mentally. However, with the cooperation of Myanmar°«s Central Cooperative Society (CCS) and China°«s All China Federation of Supply & Marketing Cooperatives (ACFSMC), which serve as the point of contact for the dispatch of training program participants, we managed to carry out the surveys on schedule.
 In the follow-up surveys, each ex-participant was given a questionnaire in advance.
 On the basis of these questionnaires, the exparticipants were interviewed on the actual situation of their activities based on their action plans formulated at the time they participated in their training program. In Myanmar, one of the ex-participants has positioned the microcredit project -- which supportsentrepreneurial activities of rural women undertaken by the CCS to which the ex-participant belongs -- as her own action plan.
 There, we were able to witness the ex-participant engaged in promoting that project.
 We were also able to hear about the activities ofex-participant who works at an NGO that isaffiliated with the CCS and provides consulting services with regard to comprehensive rural development including rural women°«sentrepreneurial activities and who is engaged in such activities as advancing agricultural technology and providing the better living conditions of impoverished people. In China,while nearly all of the ex-participants were those working at an organization that serves as the point of contact for the dispatch oftraining program participants, the ex-participants gave reports on the situation of their°°activities based on their action plans.  They said that since China has a vast national territory and a large population, it requires time to implement their action plans, and therefore it was not very easy to implement the action plans. Nevertheless, we were able to see that they were making efforts accordingly. Amid this situation, what was interesting were the training activities projects that ex-participants provided to senior officials of regional cooperatives.
 The latest visits turned out to be an invaluable opportunity for reunions with not only the ex-participants of the ICA/Japan Training Course for Promotion of Sustainable Enterprises for Rural Women, but also the ex-participants of other ICA training courses, as well as for hearing about the evaluations of the ICA training courses directly from the organizations that served as the point of contact for the dispatch of the training program participants. In addition, the fact that in Myanmar, we were able to conduct on-site observations of microcredit business activities; that in China, we were able to observe education centers; and moreover, that we were able to feel the social conditions of the countries we visited was beneficial to training
activities in the future.
 In conclusion, we hold expectations of the ex-participants°« successful performances in the future and wish to express our gratitude to the officials of the CCS and ACFSMC for their cooperation in the follow-up surveys.