A blended event on 18 June 2020, combining a smaller in-person gathering with a larger web conference, marked the end of the first offering of a mobile-based MOOC on corporate literacy jointly offered by COL and India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to farmers.... read more

Betty Wule is a 40-year-old widow from a village in the district of Lira, Uganda, who has to provide for her five children while also taking care of five orphans from her late relatives. She has tried to make ends meet by growing beans, maize and simsim, only to realise that both the yield and... read more

Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, expressed interest in extending COL’s Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) model of linking informal learning outcomes to credit and finance by way of a special programme to enhance national food security. COL has been implementing... read more

Ms Kalarani, a farmer from Alathuranpatti, Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu, India, and mother of two, juggles multiple responsibilities. She credits COL’s Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) programme for helping her significantly improve her livelihood. Since 2015, she has been a... read more

Through its Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) Programme, COL is supporting the development of innovative credit-guarantee models as a means to achieve enhanced social and economic outcomes and promote the transition from meso- to macro-scale sustainable development. A recent workshop organised... read more

COL organised a capacity-building workshop for managers of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in Chennai, India on 19 November 2019. The workshop focussed on Logical Framework Analysis (LFA), which had been conceptualised with inputs from NABARD’s regional management... read more

On October 1, 2019, COL and its partners, Vidiyal and Reddiarchatthiram Seed Growers Association in India, launched a massive open online course (MOOC) on corporate literacy. The content has been adapted from original materials developed by India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Rural... read more

Matumaini Mapya (MM), COL’s partner in Tanzania, hosted a meeting in Bukoba town from 13 to 14 February 2019 with officials from the Central Bank of Tanzania (BOT). Representatives from MM’s Board and staff and BOT officials from Dar es Salaam discussed the possibility of working together on... read more

COL participated in the Farmers Conference in Theni, India on 15 December 2018.  The conference initiated dialogue and facilitated collaboration between Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F), Farmers Producer Organizations (FPO) and financial institutions. One of the unique features of COL’s L3F... read more

At 96 years, Mrs Karthyayani Amma is the oldest student to attend the Aksharalaksham literacy examination conducted by the Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority in August 2018. In the exam, which tested reading, writing, and Mathematics, she has scored 98 marks out of 100. During an official... read more