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.
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.
“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.
“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.
Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the World Bank’s East Asia & Pacific (EAP) Regional Unit jointly organized two major events on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) connecting media, policy makers, practitioners, and other partners by video conferencing system. The events, which utilized the outreach facilities of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), marked the occasion of the visit to Japan by Pamela Cox, new Vice President for East Asia and Pacific region of the World Bank.
A recording of the seminar as well as the presentation materials are available on the our Program page.
The third session of the Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific in partnership with the Training and Learning Circle Distance Learning Series took place on September 16. This series is organized by The East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the World Bank team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN). Third session was titled as “Microinsurance and its application in DRM” and covered various innovations on the application of microinsurance in DRM, and the experiences and insights of practitioners.
Eco2 2010 Yokohama, the first international conference on Eco2 Cities, will be held on October 21-22, in Yokohama, Japan. Eco2 Cities is the World Bank’s approach to sustainable and integrated urban development and was launched in 2009 as part of the Bank’s new corporate strategy. Eco2 2010 Yokohama is open to public registration and there is no registration fee.
Please visit World Bank website for more information.
The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), established in Kobe, Japan in 1998 to enhance disaster resilience of its member countries and to build safe communities, is a strong partner of TDLC in knowledge-sharing activities on disaster risk management.
In a bid to share Japanese expertise in disaster risk management with fellow Asian countries, a video lecture was organized with our technical support in mid-August.
Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh were connected with Tokyo, where a renowned expert on building structure and earthquake engineering lectured on the ‘Fundamentals of Structural Dynamics’.
As part of an ongoing collaborative research project, a videoconference workshop on “Earthquake Risk Perception” was held March 5, 2008 to share the results of a survey conducted in 2007/2008 by the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) on the risk perception of residents, government officials, building contractors and masons.