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On November 28, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan, UNU in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, and the National Information Center for Disaster Mental Health, Japan, organized the public forum “Disasters, Mental Well-being and Disability: Promoting Resilience for All”. The forum explored how to integrate mental well-being and disability issues into disaster risk management, drawing on experiences from Japan and other countries. Speakers from several UN agencies, NGOs and academia discussed this challenge in relation to norms and standards, institutional arrangements, governance and practice. In particular, the event focused on how the process to formulate a global post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction can incorporate issues of mental well-being and disability.
The United Nations University International Institute of Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in close collaboration with the World Bank Tokyo Development Center (TDLC) and the National Institute of Mental Health, Japan, organized the Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Disaster Reduction, in Tokyo, Japan, in November, 2014.
The World Bank Institute launched an “e-Institute” in July 2011 which is designed to support self-motivated learners to get up to speed on the latest development trends, enhance their skill-sets, and share knowledge through on-line learning communities.
New courses on cross-cutting themes will featured regularly in addition to monthly webinars and other free resources.
The seventh Japan Social Development Fund Dialogue Series was held at the Tokyo Development Learning Center on May 28, 2014. The series initiated in 2012 by the World Bank Global Partnerships and Trust Fund Operations (CFPTO), the World Bank Tokyo Office, and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), disseminates the achievements and lessons learned from projects funded by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) by bringing together project members, beneficiaries, stakeholders, and development practitioners, to provide a platform for communication among stakeholders, development practitioners, policy makers, and the general public.
The session showcased this time was “Jiyo!: Making Globalization Work for the Rural Poor in India”, a livelihoods program to strengthen the capacity and improve access to decent sustainable livelihoods that helped the poorest, most vulnerable, and landless communities in India whose main income depends on traditional cultural industries.
Gerin Sigsbert, a Tanzanian national was working as an internal auditor for a microfinance intervention project funded by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and the Government of Tanzania when he found out about the ninth delivery of the Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT) Course offered by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center. He was supposed to “know the ABCs of microfinance,” and had been searching for some training on microfinance that could provide him complementary knowledge and skills that would allow him to better serve his responsibilities at his organization. When he learned about MFTOT 9, he immediately contacted the Tanzania Global Learning Agency (TaGLA) and signed up for the course.
The first delivery of the Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis, a distance learning seminar was launched on December 13, 2013 at the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (WB TDLC).
The Disability and Development Seminar Series kicked off with its first session on December 3, 2013.
The session “Mental Well-being, Disability, and Development” organized jointly by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (WB TDLC) featured a panel discussion on mental well-being within the context of disability and development. The discussion took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Senior Knowledge Management Officer Dr. Takashi Izutsu from WB TDLC moderated the panel from New York and the discussion was webcast live.
“How Can We Learn from Megadisasters”, a World Bank knowledge sharing seminar was hosted at the Tokyo Development Learning Center on October 18th, 2013. The seminar was a part of a Japan/World Bank joint research project, “Learning from Megadisasters” which was initiated months after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (GEJE) in October 2011 with the objective of sharing Japan’s knowledge and know-how of disaster risk management and post-disaster reconstruction with countries vulnerable to disasters and mainstreaming DRM. The session first showcased how the lessons learned from the GEJE were disseminated to the world and then the seminar participants actively discussed how those activities should be strengthened. The project is coming to a close and the event on October 18th marked its final public seminar. However, the World Bank and the government of Japan are committed to mainstreaming DRM and on maintaining the fruitful and effective working relationship: The government of Japan will fund up to US$100 million over the next 5 years and a “DRM Hub” will be established in Tokyo.
In disaster situations where various levels of health care providers are present, nurses often serve as the first and closest as well as the one of the most accessible and sustainable contacts for patients and people affected by disasters. However, disaster nursing has a tendency to be marginalized in a broader international development agenda. The panel discussion “Disaster Nursing: Lessons Learned from Asian Countries” organized by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine (ACEM) was held on October 24, 2013 based on the need to address this tendency and to help focus international attention on this important aspect of emergency medicine.
The World Bank’s Global Partnerships and Trust Fund Operations Department in cooperation with the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the World Bank Group Tokyo Office held the fifth Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Dialogue Series at TDLC on August 2, 2013.