Gerin Sigsbert, a Tanzanian national was working as an internal auditor for a microfinance intervention project funded by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and the Government of Tanzania when he found out about the ninth delivery of the Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT) Course offered by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center. He was supposed to “know the ABCs of microfinance,” and had been searching for some training on microfinance that could provide him complementary knowledge and skills that would allow him to better serve his responsibilities at his organization. When he learned about MFTOT 9, he immediately contacted the Tanzania Global Learning Agency (TaGLA) and signed up for the course.
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.
“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.
“Sustainable Fishery and Natural Resource Management”, a knowledge-sharing videoconference seminar jointly hosted by the World Bank Tokyo Office, Liberia Office, Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Himi City Tourism Association was held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The seminar, which connected three locations, Tokyo, Himi in Toyama prefecture, and Liberia via a live videoconference connection was hosted as an official partner activity for the upcoming 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which will be held in Yokohama, Japan in June 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.
An “Introduction to Islamic Finance Course” was successfully delivered under a joint initiative by the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the Association of African Distance Learning Centers (AADLC) in collaboration with international experts from The World Bank, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). This program, which was the first ever course on this topic offered through the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of Islamic finance in Africa and Asian regions. Opportunities for such learning are scarce in Sub-Saharan African countries. The program saw a turnout of 243 policymakers and practitioners in financial sector from 10 African countries.
The 8th Microfinance Training of Trainers Course (MFTOT8) organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), China Development Bank (CDB), and Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), was completed in May 2012. 199 newly certified trainers from 30 countries were accredited, the highest number since the course was first launched in 2005.
To date, there are 892 certified trainers of the Microfinance Distance Learning (MFDL) Course from 55 countries, largely from Asian and African regions. The certified trainers are microfinance professionals including university professors, managers and microfinance practitioners in central banks, commercial banks and MFIs.
“This is a very important course relevant not only for developing countries but for the whole world”, the lead tutor of the MFTOT course, Mr. Nanda Karunagoda said during his remarks at the beginning of the course. “Important” may be a subjective word, but if measured by the evaluation of the participants who undertook the course the 7th Microfinance Training of Trainers Course has proved to be highly successful and important. In addition, over 98% of participants said that they would not hesitate to recommend the course to their colleagues.
This summer, Tokyo Development Learning Center put together a five-week capacity-building distance learning seminar series “Improving Manufacturing Productivity” for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa, in collaboration with GDLN Distance Learning Centers.
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Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT)6 has now kicked off in Africa. On July 23, 2009, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, Paris, Washington DC and Tokyo were set up as video connection sites in TDLC’s first major organized effort to provide a program for the African audience.
A symposium “Uganda’s AIDS Orphans Meet Artist Tatsuo Miyajima” was held at the National Art Center Tokyo in Roppongi, Tokyo this month as part of the “Orphan Meets Artist/ Artist Meets Orphan” program, decorated with colourful artwork created by children in Uganda and Japan.