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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
An innovative training-of- trainers (TOT) program to support nurse education in Vietnam has been developed by Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) in collaboration with AHP Network, and Vietnam Development Information Center (VDIC).
The program aims to improve the nurse education and training system; thus, to enhance the capacity of the overall healthcare workforce in Vietnam. While nurse education in medical universities and colleges has provided training on fundamental knowledge and skills in key clinical specializations; yet, there are subjects merely addressed as partial topics of a subject, rather than complete separate subjects. This has caused a lack of specific and practical knowledge and skills as required among nursing teachers in delivering lessons to students and among nurses in providing daily treatment to patients. The fields that were identified to be covered under this training course have included; Mental Health, Elderly Care and Home-based Nursing.
The TDLC plans to deliver the second delivery of Introduction to Psychiatric and Mental Nursing TOT in late summer, as well as to develop and deliver an Elderly Care TOT course in Fall 2012.
The second Partograph Blended Learning Course was jointly organized by Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Kitasato University School of Nursing in June 2011. 212 participants from 8 countries joined the VC session on June 16, 2011.