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.
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, conducted a briefing for ASEAN stakeholders on the key highlights, outcomes and follow-up actions from the 19th ASEAN Summit & Related Summits that took place in Bali, Indonesia on 17-19 November 2011.
A video-clip of the two-hour briefing and Q&A session is available on the program information page.
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.
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, conducted a briefing for ASEAN stakeholders on the highlights, outcomes and follow-up actions from the 44th ASEAN Ministerial meeting and related meetings that took place in Bali, Indonesia on 16-23 July 2011.
As inflation becomes an increasingly serious concern across Asia, economic managers are grappling with urgent questions on how best to formulate a response. To meet this need for knowledge, the Global Development Learning Network in the Asia Pacific Region (GDLN AP) launched a distance learning seminar series on Economic Management in collaboration with the World Bank. The first session, “Today’s Inflation: Global Context and Local Solutions” targeting economic decision makers in the Asia Pacific region, was held on June 5 and 6, 2008 with a total of 15 sites in 11 countries connecting over 2 days.
As high and volatile oil prices cast a shadow of uncertainty over the world economy, analysis and information on oil-price dynamics as well as instruments for risk management are in high demand among policymakers.The TDLC and World Bank Institute (WBI), engaging the expertise of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, collaborated to launch a timely new videoconference seminar “Oil Price Volatility, Economic Impacts and Risk Management in Asia”.
A new World Bank publication “An East Asian Renaissance: Ideas for Growth” was presented at the TDLC on June 12, 2007 by lead authors Dr. Homi Kharas, former Bank Chief Economist for East Asia & Pacific, and Dr. Indermit Gill, Economic Adviser. Three universities in Japan connected via videoconference to tune into discussions.
The World Bank’s second East Asia Update for this year, including a special section on “Investing in the Young”, was released on November 14, 2006 via the GDLN. Speakers at Bank Headquarters in Washington DC connected with regional sites in Dili, Port Moresby, Ulan Bator, Sydney, Beijing, Manila and the TDLC, allowing over 100 participants to join a question and answer session with the authors of the report.
The global launch of a new World Bank report “Facing the Challenges of African Growth: Opportunities, Constraints, and Strategic Directions” took place at the TDLC on November 10, 2006. Defining the four big “I”s needed to achieve growth in Africa – Infrastructure, Investment, Innovation, and Institutional Capacity—the author of the Report, Mr. Benno Ndulu, provided a review of the study before a distinguished panel of Japanese government and development agency officials and an audience of nearly 100.
World Bank Institute Vice President Frannie A. Leautier gave a presentation on “Cities in a Globalizing World: Governance, Performance and Sustainability” at the Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management in Seoul on November 7, 2006. A distinguished audience at the TDLC from organizations such as JBIC, JICA and ADBI joined the seminar via videoconference and participated in a question and answer session.