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NetHope Members in India Learn Advanced Microsoft Skills

December 7, 2011, by sybille

December 2011. NetHope champions capacity building, not only in the communities where its members deliver aid, but also in the back office operations that support this critical work. With support from Anudip Foundation, the NetHope India Chapter organized a new series of training classes as the Advanced Training project.

The sessions aim to improve productivity within member organizations by enhancing Microsoft Office skills of their staff. With access to the best information and communication technology and practices, member organizations can run their operations more effectively and better serve their beneficiaries.

The first session wrapped April 27 in Delhi, after five days of training that improved on the basic skills of over 100 participants from NetHope organizations and implementation partner organizations. India-based corporate training company TAI InfoTech led the training, which provided direction on Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Project.

“Today’s training in MS Word is interesting, course contents and the trainer are very good [and] overall, participants learned new way to [MS ]Word,” said G. Phaneendra Rao, finance officer of Action Aid, during the Delhi training. “Training participants are very active during session and supportive each other. Classroom facilities are very good.”

As Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel continue to play an important role in daily work tasks at most humanitarian organizations, users need an in-depth understanding of these software applications in order to fully utilize their power. Employees with advanced skills can make it easier for organizations to scale projects, discover best economic solutions and develop technology solutions for growing challenges in Health, Agriculture, Education, Microfinance and beyond.

“The training has been very useful, and we have learned so many things as to make our daily routine work much easier,” said Neha Premchandani, administration and HR manager at Christian Aid. ”I thank NetHope for organizing this wonderful training. The trainer has been really very helpful, cooperative and patient enough to take queries for us. I look forward to more such trainings.”

Future classes will be offered in the five cities—Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Nagalore, Lucknow—that were chosen by NetHope member organizations in India via a survey. Four classes are schedule to take place in Bangalore over the next two months.

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