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 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.
Over a 100 participants from India joined the GDLN seminar on Japanese Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system on February 13, 2015.
The seminar was realized by TDLC and Center for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS), an autonomous organization funded by the Government of India.
A Japan-Korea Cooperation Symposium to promote regional cooperation and foster a stronger collaborative relationship between the two countries was held on January 17th. The symposium provided a good opportunity for shared recognition of the need for regional cooperation and to further foster a stronger relationship, which ultimately may be helpful to furthering future Japan-Korea regional promotion.
In a training course developed by the TDLC, teachers and instructors across Asia sat in a virtual classroom to learn how ICTs can be incorporated to enhance multicultural education. Designed to accompany Kids Initiative, a program that enables school children to conduct exchanges with counterparts in other countries through GDLN videoconference, teachers across borders showed a strong interest in new methods of education to prepare children to meet the challenges of globalization.
The Kenya Development Learning Centre (KDLC) was launched on November 9, 2007, becoming the 12th member of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) in Africa. With the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) scheduled for next year, Africa ranks high on the agenda of the Japanese development community. The new center in Kenya and the TDLC can capitalize on the need for Asia-Africa cooperation in both the public and private sectors.
The Kenya Center launch and the welcome video displayed at the beginning of the event is available for view on the GDLN website.
Francophone countries in Africa have now begun receiving JICA-Net seminars in French via the GDLN. The inaugural sessions conducted in October 2007 both focused on principles that Japan has become famous for - “KAIZEN” and “One Village One Product”. The TDLC began delivering JICA-Net Seminars to Anglophone Africa in October 2005, counting 28 seminars to date, and responded to demand from French speaking centers as well.
The Ho Chi Minh City Development Learning Center received an enthusiastic welcome from the GDLN community at its official launch on June 26, 2007. The second center to open in Vietnam after Hanoi, the new center will deliver knowledge initiatives connecting the world with Ho Chi Minh, a city known for a vibrant private sector and trade environment which plays a pivotal role in the nation’s economy.
A comprehensive guide with all you need to know to conduct effective blended learning sessions using the GDLN has been completed with the support of the TDLC. Titled “Effective Blended Learning for Development – Harnessing the Power of the Global Development Learning Network”, the guide takes the form of an accessible “Learning Binder” consisting of 9 short papers that cover basic concepts, terminologies, program design and implementation.
The authors, TDLC Senior Instructional Designer Jiping Zhang and Education and Training Consultant Charles Maguire have drawn widely from the rich experience of the GDLN, which now spans over 80 countries, incorporating real-life examples illustrating innovative uses of the network.
The Dili Distance Learning Center (DDLC), the Global Development Learning Network affiliate in Timor-Leste, has become instrumental in providing much-needed knowledge and expertise for the region’s newest nation.The force behind it is its manager, João Loução. Together with his training coordinator, Ildefonso da Silva, Joao has brought amazing energy to the Center to make it a hive of activity. Its utilization rate has averaged 40-45%, reaching 74% in March 2006—not an easy task under difficult circumstances.
A JICA-Net Workshop “How to Moderate and Present in Videoconference” sponsored by JICA Tokyo International Center was held on March 2, 2006, connecting JICA Tokyo, JICA Headquarters and JICA Okinawa by videoconference. TDLC Instructional Designer Jiping Zhang facilitated the workshop as part of a program sharing effort envisioned in a cooperation agreement between the TDLC and JICA-Net.