Grameen Bank project was transformed into an independent bank through the Bangladesh Government Ordinance on October 2, 1983. After this establishment, the bank started experiencing incredible demand from foreigners around the world, who wanted to learn further about the operations of Grameen Bank as well as meet its staff and clientele.
Due to overwhelming requests from abroad, Grameen Bank's Head Office arranged a training program for internationals. Initially, this training program was designed for foreigners interested in researching the operations of the bank and the impact of microlending on the poor, as well as for policymakers from around the world. In 1987, the Managing Director officially inaugurated the establishment of the Grameen Bank Training Program.
As the success of the Grameen Micro-credit model was augmented on the global platform, curiosity and demand for this new approach extended beyond the research and policy frameworks.
To meet the growing learning needs of the global community, Grameen Bank established the International Program Department.
Since its inception, the International Program Department has carefully designed a diversified range of training programs available to all individuals who are interested in not only developing their knowledge about Grameen Bank activities, but also disseminating their newfound insights, ideas, and innovations to the international community. Currently, the International Program Department offers training programs in the form of the following: