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Details about our events can be found in the programs section.

August 2013

e-Learning courses managed by the World Bank Institute

August 2012

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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.

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July 2013

About 400 Students from 46 Countries Enroll in 9th Microfinance Training of Trainers Course:

More Graduates Expected to Further Outreach and Increase Impact in their Respective Countries

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The 9th Microfinance Training of Trainers course kicked off to a lively start on July 11, 2013 with 10 Global Distance Learning Centers in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Uganda hosting the course. Over 150 participants joined the opening session from the GDLN centers, and another 180 participants participated by going online and accessing the live webcasting of the session. Approximately 400 participants from 46 countries enrolled in the course, all enthusiastic to learn and explore the world of microfinance.

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DRM Practitioners from Africa and Asia come to TDLC to Learn from the Experience of Tohoku Japan

a Part of “Learning from Mega Disasters” Project

“Learning from Tohoku’s Recovery,” an international technical workshop on disaster risk management and post disaster reconstruction organized by the World Bank, International Recovery Platform (IRP), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Tohoku took place at the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center on June 24, 2013.

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April 2013

Report on Sustainable Fishery and Natural Resource Management Seminar

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

“Sustainable Fishery and Natural Resource Management”, a knowledge-sharing videoconference seminar jointly hosted by the World Bank Tokyo Office, Liberia Office, Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Himi City Tourism Association was held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The seminar, which connected three locations, Tokyo, Himi in Toyama prefecture, and Liberia via a live videoconference connection was hosted as an official partner activity for the upcoming 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which will be held in Yokohama, Japan in June 2013.

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March 2013

Report on the Japan Social Development Fund Dialogue Series

4th Session: Community Monitoring for Better Health and Education Project in Burkina Faso

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The 4th session of the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Dialogue series, prepared by the World Bank’s Global Partnerships and Trust Fund Operations (CFPTO) Department in cooperation with the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the World Bank Tokyo Office was held on February 28, 2013 at TDLC.

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February 2013

Announcing Blended Learning Course on Policies and Practices for Natural Resource Management

Accepting Applications

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Natural resource management is a key to sustainable development, and it is of interest for all nations. It requires proper understanding of policies and practices for solving problems and issues associated with managing the natural resources to achieve both environmentally and socially sustainable development. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), with support from the The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are pleased to announce the blended distance learning course, “Policies and Practices for Natural Resource Management” on 14 March – 31 May 2013.

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January 2013

Sharing Good Practices: a Report on JSDF Dialogue Series

Friday, January 25th, 2013

In June 2000, the Government of Japan and the World Bank established the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) with the aim of providing grants in support of community-driven development and poverty reduction programs that empower the poorest and most vulnerable groups. An extraordinary feature of the JSDF grant is that it encourages the testing of innovative methods that directly enhance the lives of the poor and vulnerable and provides a platform for cooperation with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and local stakeholders in the development process.

The JSDF Dialogue Series: third session was held on December 19, 2012 at the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) presenting the “Strengthening Access to Justice for the Poor in the Russian Federation” project. Since its first delivery in March 2012, the JSDF Dialogue Series have been serving the Japanese community of development practitioners, experts, academia, and the general public as a platform for debates and knowledge exchanges. They are a collaborative effort between the World Bank and the Government of Japan to disseminate the results and lessons learned from the implementation of JSDF to the Japanese public, thereby opening a channel of communication and good-practice sharing among various actors.

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November 2012

Preparing for Disaster: Report on 2nd Delivery of Disaster Nurse Training Course

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

An intensive 2 day training course on disaster nursing was successfully held in six countries in May 2012.  This course aimed to provide the essential foundation for disaster nursing to fill the need for specialized training for nurses to be able to respond effectively to disasters.

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September 2012

Strong demand from Africa for Islamic finance

Report on the 1st Islamic finance course delivery

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

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An “Introduction to Islamic Finance Course” was successfully delivered under a joint initiative by the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the Association of African Distance Learning Centers (AADLC) in collaboration with international experts from The World Bank, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). This program, which was the first ever course on this topic offered through the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of Islamic finance in Africa and Asian regions. Opportunities for such learning are scarce in Sub-Saharan African countries.  The program saw a turnout of 243 policymakers and practitioners in financial sector from 10 African countries. 


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July 2012

Learning from Mega Disasters GDLN sessions

- A success story!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Japan has successfully shared its lessons learnt from the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011. In October 2011, the Government of Japan and the World Bank established a joint program, “Learning from Mega Disasters: Program of Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Exchange”. The program utilized the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) with Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) taking on the lead role to coordinate with GDLN centers in the region. 33 Knowledge Notes will be developed for the program in order to share findings and lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake with practitioners throughout the world. 

A series of 6 video conference (VC) based knowledge sharing sessions were delivered from April 18 to May 10, 2012.  A total of 656 people participated throughout the series from 24 connected sites in 18 countries worldwide. A number of people also joined through web streaming from countries that were not connected via VC.

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June 2012

8th Microfinance Training of Trainers Course Wrap Up

A Step Forward to Alleviate Poverty

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

MFTOT 8 participants gather at TDLC

The 8th Microfinance Training of Trainers Course (MFTOT8) organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), China Development Bank (CDB), and Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), was completed in May 2012. 199 newly certified trainers from 30 countries were accredited, the highest number since the course was first launched in 2005.

To date, there are 892 certified trainers of the Microfinance Distance Learning (MFDL) Course from 55 countries, largely from Asian and African regions. The certified trainers are microfinance professionals including university professors, managers and microfinance practitioners in central banks, commercial banks and MFIs.

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April 2012

Supporting the global carbon finance dialogue

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) has been providing logistical support for Carbon Finance Fund Participant Meetings organized by the World Bank’s Carbon Finance Unit (ENVCF) since June 2007.  A number of funds (the Prototype Carbon Fund, the Community Development Carbon Fund, and the BioCarbon Fund) hold regular meetings with their stakeholders linking to their Japanese stakeholders by videoconference at the TDLC.  In 2012, the BioCarbon Fund and the Community Development Carbon Fund will hold their annual meetings in June in Tokyo at our center, as they did in June 2007.

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