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Partnership as a means for development

The challenge of assisting developing countries in overcoming poverty is beyond one organization’s capacity. Connecting partners with a variety of expertise into a broader network has been a key factor in achieving sustainable and realistic development objectives for TDLC.

Importance of Partners

Partnerships, as well as networks, are essential for the success of TDLC’s programs and operations. Establishing mutually beneficial partnerships enables us to develop and deliver high-quality, sustainable distance learning programs. We partner with institutions both inside and outside Japan, who are committed to working together over the long term to share knowledge, expertise and resources to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable economic development Establishing a partnership with TDLC enables organizations to achieve broader outreach and increased access to relevant knowledge and experience in a cost-effective and timely manner. Benefits that we offer our partners range from advice on producing effective distance learning programs, assistance for marketing, identifying expert speakers and more. By enhancing our partnerships, we aim to continually improve and accelerate knowledge exchange for development.

To explore partnership opportunities with TDLC, please contact us.

For information on our services please visit the Program development and Technical services section in the Services section of the site.

Partnership highlight

Here is a sampling of how TDLC works with its partners with some real world examples of programs that resulted from these partnerships.

Regional Development Finance Institutions

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and TDLC have developed and regularly delivered a structured distance training course to build the capacity of microfinance trainers in the field since 2005. The original course materials were developed by the UN Capital Development Fund’s Special Unit for Microfinance. Certificates for successful trainees are provided jointly by both organizers.

Sample programs:

MicroFinance Training of Trainers Blended Learning Course (MFTOT)

Higher Education Institutions

Higher education institutions in Japan are important partners for TDLC. The research findings, skills and knowledge that higher education institutions have are useful and applicable for developing countries in overcoming a wide range of challenges. TDLC can help higher education institutions to package their knowledge and skills into distance learning programs and assist with their delivery to a wide audience using the GDLN. TDLC also facilitates communication of alumni and scholars’ networks, as well as seminars for university students on international development by partnering with the World Bank Group, UN and other development partners.

Sample Programs:

Distance Nursing Program with Kitasato University

Climate Disaster Resilience Initiative Capacity Building Program with Kyoto University

UN Agencies

TDLC partners with the United Nations and UN specialized agencies to deliver distance-based learning programs. Expertise, development lessons and know-how that are accumulated in these organizations can be of immediate use as course content. TDLC often provides advice on how such content could be best delivered and jointly conducts seminars, trainings and workshops with partner UN agencies across the region using GDLN and other networks. Sample Programs:

Tourism Exchange for South Pacific Islands with UN World Tourism Organization(UNWTO)

Lecture series with International Labour Organization (ILO)

Other Development Partners

TLDC works alongside other development partners to share knowledge, expertise and resources towards the shared goal of poverty reduction and sustainable economic development. Contribution from partners to a TDLC program can range from content, resource persons, logistical support and recruitment of participants for the programs and is determined based on willingness and comparative strengths of the organizations involved.

Sample programs: Science and Policy of Climate Change with Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Learning Series “Scaling Up Poverty Reduction” with International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Post-Summit Briefing, Presented by Secretary-General of ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat with The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Seminar on Disaster Risk Management with Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)

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Key Partners


TDLC, as a member of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), develops and delivers distance learning courses with GDLN distance learning centers around the world. With this global network as a knowledge platform, TDLC can provide greater reach and impact.


TDLC has a cooperation agreement with JICA’s knowledge network JICA-Net that has resulted in more widespread connectivity, establishing the foundation for a range of innovative knowledge sharing activities and joint content development to evolve. JICA’s expertise in the field benefits GDLN and World Bank operations, while allowing Japan’s development experience to be disseminated more widely through the GDLN.

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