Structure and Operation

The BWTP Network operates as an informal association of like‐minded institutions subscribing to the BWTP Network mission, objectives and code of conduct. The Network Secretariat, managed by FDC, coordinates and manages BWTP Network activities.

Activities of the BWTP Network consist of a range of initiatives such as producing research publications and opinion pieces, newsletters, webinars, and hosting Asia region knowledge exchange, capacity building, and advocacy forums.

Membership

BWTP currently comprises approximately 100 members. Membership is by invitation based on the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Must be an Asian institution legally registered in their country of operation. [1]
  2. Must be a provider of microfinance products and services or have a proven track record of supporting financial inclusion in the Asia region.
  3. Committed to actively work with the BWTP Network by participating in its programs of knowledge creation and dissemination, information sharing, capacity building, policy advocacy and dialogue.
  4. Networks or Associations must have at least ten (10) active members.

BWTP Network members are expected to: work towards achieving the BWTP Network objectives; participate in the BWTP Network events; contribute to BWTP Network newsletters and other online communications; and abide by the BWTP Network Code of Conduct.

Advisory Council

The BWTP Network is guided by an Advisory Council. This group is made up of representatives in Asia who are recognized leaders in inclusive finance. The role of the Advisory Council is to help advance BWTP Network objectives, identify potential new members and inform the strategy, program, guidelines and other aspects of BWTP’s operation. Advisory Council members also act as ambassadors and advocates for the Network. Prospective members of the Advisory Council are proposed by other Advisory Council members and invited by FDC. Involvement of Council members is voluntary. Members of the Advisory Council include:

  • Chandula Abeywickrema (Chairman), CSR Sri Lanka;
  • Abdul Awal, the Credit and Development Forum, Bangladesh;
  • Nhan Phan Cu, Vietnam Bank for Social Policies, Vietnam;
  • Anindita Sharma, Singapore;
  • Mr Stephen Taylor, Executive Governor, Foundation for Development Cooperation, Australia.

There are no fees associated with membership of the BWTP Network. Cost of operation of the BWTP Network is covered by FDC through sponsorship and other external support.


[1] Countries eligible for BWTP membership are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, PR China, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.