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e-Learning courses managed by the World Bank Institute

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

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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A Case of a Super TOD, Tokyo Area Development: Lessons in PPP

A Report on the 2nd Delivery of TOD Knowledge Sharing Seminar Series

Saturday, October 31st, 2015
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WBG and MLIT Co-host Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Knowledge Sharing Seminar

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The World Bank Group and the Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) co-hosted a videoconference-based knowledge sharing seminar on Transit-oriented Development (TOD) at the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center on June 30, 2015.

In the seminar, best practices of TOD (mainly those of Tokyo Metropolitan area) and Land Value Capture (LVC) were shared, together with projects from Ho Chi Minh City and Naya Raipur, both supported by the World Bank.

The session was a much awaited follow-up to the knowledge sharing seminar on TOD held in October 2014, in which MLIT and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center agreed to collaborate and deliver a series of seminars on the same topic, and marks the first session in the new Knowledge Sharing Seminar Series on TOD. 

More sessions in this seminar intended to delve deeper in to the challenges and solutions in TOD is underway with collaboration of MLIT, academics and private sector.

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Saris, Crafts, and Artisan Food: More than Just a Livelihood

What Stakeholders Learned from the JSDF-funded JIYO! Project

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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.

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Successful Launching of Psychological First Aid (PFA) Seminar at WB TDLC

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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).

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“Learning from Megadisasters” the Final Session

The Beginning of a New Collaboration between the WB and Japan

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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.

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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 Megadisasters” Project

Friday, July 19th, 2013

“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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Learning from Megadisasters 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 Megadisasters: 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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Spotlight on Disaster Risk Management

February 13, 2012

Monday, February 13th, 2012

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.

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Integrated Urban Planning: Learning from Tokyo and Yokohama

City-City Learning

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Tokyo Development Learning Center, the World Bank (TDLC) co-chaired a session at the 23rd Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre Program (KLRTC XXIII) on Integrated Urban Planning which was hosted by Kuala Lumpur City Hall and organized by United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), CITYNET and others, from December 13-15, 2011.

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Government of Japan/World Bank Joint Research Project: Learning from Megadisasters

A Program of Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Exchange

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Following the March 11, 2011 disaster in Japan, the Government of Japan and the World Bank have been jointly developing a collaborative framework on disaster risk management. The objective of this collaboration is to capture the lessons learnt from the megadisasters in Japan to be shared with the rest of the world. The three-day event organized during October 5-7, 2011, comprised of a field visit to the Tohoku region, technical meetings (technical discussions on thematic matters), and a launch high-level workshop.

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Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) Learning Program

A new pilot program on World Bank’s CAS in collaboration with JICA and the World Bank was delivered from May to June 2011

Monday, August 29th, 2011

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A new pilot learning program introducing the Bank’s Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) was jointly organized by Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), World Bank (WB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The program was developed based on the partnership between the WB and JICA and particularly targeted JICA staff members to help them build their understanding of the fundamentals of country-based programming by sharing Bank’s experiences in CAS.

JICA has intended to strengthen its country-based approach for increased development impact and results. A Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) is a customized business plan of the World Bank Group (WBG) at the country level for reviewing and guiding the country-based programs for the next four years and, ultimately, judging the impact of its work.

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