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.
The World Bank’s Global Partnerships and Trust Fund Operations Department in cooperation with the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the World Bank Group Tokyo Office held the fifth Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Dialogue Series at TDLC on August 2, 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.
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.
Students from Hitotsubashi University School of International and Public Policy joined a worldwide consultation to make actionable recommendations on combating corruption and improving governance. Organized by the World Bank Institute, this event circled the globe in 12 two-hour sessions, bringing together students from leading business and public administration schools.
“I am very excited about our work here and the challenges ahead.”
Lester Dally, the World Bank’s Acting Special Representative in Japan, spoke enthusiastically of raising the Japan-World Bank partnership to new heights upon his arrival in Tokyo in January 2007. A strong supporter of the TDLC who played a key role in its inception, Mr.Dally hopes to ensure closer cooperation between the Bank and the TDLC.
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.
How can development assistance be carried out incorporating “human security” perspectives to meet Millenium Development Goals? Questions such as this prompted a lively discussion between Bolivia and Tokyo during the first distance seminar for Japan’s ODA task force, held on August 24, 2005. The JICA office in Bolivia and the TDLC were connected, bringing together speakers in Tokyo with participants in Bolivia including Japanese Embassy and JICA staff members. The seminar was organized by the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID), which conducts various training programs for Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On October 29 Professor Jin Park from the Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management chaired an extremely successful GDLN event which facilitated discussion between good governance and anti-corruption experts from South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Washington (World Bank), Japan, China, Mongolia, Philippines, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia (ASEAN Secretariat).
On Thursday July 11 the TDLC hosted the first of a series of GDLN-based discussions on identifying what does, and what does not, work in tackling corruption.