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Women Entrepreneurship Development

April 2005 - March 2010

Funded by Canadian International Development Agency
Partnered with Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BWCCI)

Project Goal:

To reduce poverty and decrease the vulnerability of women by enabling them to establish their own businesses and to effectively manage and grow their enterprises.

Project Purpose:

To build the capacity of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) to develop curriculum, training resources and trainers to provide training to women wanting to establish micro enterprises and small businesses and then helping them to manage them effectively.


The partnership between the Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BWCCI) and the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning was a five-year program to assist in the goal of reducing poverty and decreasing the vulnerability of women by enabling them to establish their own businesses and to effectively manage and grow their enterprises. More specifically, the project worked to build the capacity of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) to develop curriculum, training resources and trainers to provide training to women wanting to establish micro enterprises and small businesses and then helping them to manage them effectively.

Project Results: 

Over the 5 year duration of the projectparticipants were trained in curriculum development both in Canada and in Bangladesh. Technical assistance was delivered both in Bangladesh and in Canada. In addition, Humber students participated in project activities in Canada and in Bangladesh. 

Student Participation:

Humber interns made contributions in implementing technical assistance activities, conducting a needs assessment, data analysis, website development, development of BWCCI’s Strategic Plan, Marketing Plan, Operations Manual and designing a Monitoring and Evaluation framework.  In addition, interns played a large role in implementing community awareness activities in Canada, producing a project documentary and fostering a new partnership in Bangladesh where Canadian youth can gain international development experience.  Interns worked closely with the Project Coordinators, Humber faculty and BWCCI Trainers to make this project a success.


Botswana Capacity Building Initiative in On-Line Learning


Funded by Humber College
Partnered with Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL)

Project Goal:

Improved educational attainment among rural people in Botswana.

Project Purpose:

To build the capacity of BOCODOL to design and deliver a range of online learning opportunities that are accessible to rural people in Botswana.


IDI partnered with BOCODOL to assess BOCODOL’s capacity to provide online learning and provide training and materials to address capacity gaps. Activities included: i) an assessment of BOCODOL’s technical needs and limitations, online teaching capacity and resource materials; ii) participation of BOCODOL staff in a demonstration activity; iii) online training by Humber staff for BOCODOL staff in online teaching methods; and iv) sharing of Humber resources related to online teaching and learning.

Project Results: 

  • Increased capacity of BOCODOL to design and facilitate online learning initiatives.
  • Increased knowledge about the technical challenges of providing online education to the target group in Botswana. By the end of the project, BOCODOL recognized that it needed to revisit its initial decision on the nature of the technical platform to be used for online learning.


Design and Delivery of Master Trainer Training Program for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Entrepreneurship Instructors

February - June 2017

Funded by Global Affairs Canada and Digital Opportunity Trust
Partnered with Technical and Vocational Institutes in Ehtiopia

Project Purpose:

The purpose of this initiative is to equip TVET entrepreneurship instructors in Ethiopia to serve as Master Trainers to other entrepreneurship instructors in the national TVET system.


Humber faculty will work with Ethiopian instructors and other TVET stakeholders to identify key knowledge gaps in the teaching of entrepreneurship. With a strong entrepreneurship curriculum, and the right blend of applied teaching techniques, case studies, and context-specific material, instructors will increase their skills with practical entrepreneurship experiences. TVET instructors will also be coached in the use of digital technologies in the classroom instruction and developing lessons for the Training of Trainer (TOT)  and an online information-sharing platform for TOT participants and for Canada – Ethiopia knowledge sharing will be established.

Key Impacts/Activity:

  1. Conduct a needs assessment of the TVET entrepreneurship program and a review of the existing curriculum with key stakeholders.
  2. Create Master Training Program teaching materials and toolkit for the 50 TVET faculty from Addis Ababa, Hawassa, Bahir Dar, and Mekelle, who will subsequently be rolling out the training to their colleagues.
  3. TVET instructors coached in the use of digital technologies in the classroom instruction and developing lessons for the TOT.
  4. Establishing an online information-sharing platform and entrepreneurship community among ToT participants and for Canada – Ethiopia knowledge sharing. 


Caribbean Association for Technical/Vocational Education and Training

1996 - 1999

Partnered with Institute of Technology in Georgetown and New Amsterdam IT


Humber worked in Guyana (4-year project, funded by CiCan through the Canadian College Partnership Program, supporting a number of Technical Colleges to support the transition from a traditional technical and vocational system to a system responsive to the changing needs of Guyana’s economy. All staff and faculty worked together in a series of workshops on Needs Analysis, Community/College Interaction, Competency-Based Education and DACUM Job Analysis and Facilitator Training. In addition, Guyanese College Principles visited Toronto to take part in a program designed to expose them to various methods of technical education and institutional management procedures in Canada.


Technical Upgrading and Training


Partnered with Malaysian National Vocational Training Council and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) "People's Trust Council", a government agency formed to aid, train, and guide Malaysians in the areas of business and industry.


This project involved working with the Malaysian National Vocational Training Council to provide technical upgrading and curriculum design training to Indonesian educators at Humber's main campus. A total of 150 educators enrolled in the 8-10 week training courses. Humber brokered a partnership with MARA, an agency of Malaysia's Ministry of Public Enterprises in the United States, to provide customized technical training in electronics, robotics, CAD/CNC, and instrumentation.

Moshi, Tanzania

Rural Microfinance Management and Rural Entrepreneurship Development Scaling-Up Project

April 2003 - March 2008

Funded by Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Partnered with Moshi University College of Cooperative and Business Studies (MUCCoBS)

Project Purpose:

IDI worked with MUCCoBS to increase its capacity to deliver micro-finance management training at its main campus and 18 Regional Centres throughout Tanzania. Building on the success of this partnership, IDI with MUCCoBS establish a Cooperative Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (CEIC) with capacity to provide entrepreneurship training and small business counselling to subsistence farmers who have accessed credit and started rural small enterprises. The project enabled MUCCoBS to develop skills in designing entrepreneurship curriculum and delivering entrepreneurship training.

Services Provided:

Design and development of microfinance management workshops, built the capacity of 40 MUCCoBS faculty to design and deliver micro-finance management training, Needs Analysis on state of rural microfinance sector and its training needs completed, physical set-up of a Learning Resources Unit and training in its use (includes computers, software); curriculum and learning materials development workshops; 6-day workshop in Enterprise Development; MUCCoBS faculty training the members of rural Savings and Credit Co-ops (SACCOs) on managing rural microfinance institutions and entrepreneurship development. Canadian practicum on microfinance practice in Canada, a two week training fellowship in Canada for four staff members from the CCM main campus.

Project Results:

40 MUCCoBS faculty trained; 15% of trainers trained were women, approximately 7200 SACCO members received training using learning materials developed by project; 52% of SACCO members were women; 32 modules have been developed for SACCO training; MUCCoBS has developed new or improved certificate and diploma programs and courses; the 18 Regional Centres show that 252 rural SACCO provided credit to their members; 237,618 women members accessing credit. A Cooperative Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (CEIC) was also developed. By the end of the project, 2,150 entrepreneurs had received training and the CEIC was in place to continue to provide training in the long term.  MUCCoBS is able to provide better training to SACCO members, using the materials developed through the project including microfinance management, gender, and adult learning.

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Small Business Development

1999 - 2003

Funded by Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Partnered with Yukon College and Gweru Technical College

Project Goal:

To alleviate poverty among out-of-school youth and other disadvantaged persons in Zimbabwe by increasing the capacity of the technical education system to provide the knowledge, skills and support necessary for self-employment and for the development of viable small businesses.  

Project Purpose:

To increase the capacity of Gweru Technical College to: promote and support micro-enterprise and small business development in Gweru and Midlands Province of Zimbabwe, and to train technical teachers from technical colleges and vocational training centres throughout Zimbabwe to develop needs-based curriculum and to impart entrepreneurial skills to their students.   


In partnership with the Gweru Polytechnic Institute, the project trained trainers in small business development skills at technical colleges and training centers throughout Zimbabwe. The project established a Learning Resources Production Unit to develop and produce needs-based training modules and learning materials; a Small Business Development Unit to support new micro-enterprises and small business start-ups by the Gweru students; and a new Vocational Training Center in Gweru.

Project Results: 

The project’s reach extended to over 1000 individuals over its 4 year duration.  Over 100 individuals received training overseas, and 11 received training in Canada.  In addition over 150 students participated in the project both in Canada and in Zimbabwe.   Community awareness activities reached 800 individuals in Canada.

Student Participation:

Students from the Humber International Project Management post graduate program completed internships ranging from 8 weeks to 6 months in duration based in Gweru, Zimbabwe with the Small Business Development Project and the Gweru Business Support Centre.  

Responsibilities included facilitating workshops, coordinating and marketing short training programs, and exchanging skills and knowledge in project planning, and social marketing.