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.
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.
The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and The Building Research Institute (BRI)Japan held an international conference on “Disaster Mitigation Education and Risk Awareness” on March 15, 2007 at the TDLC.
Research institutions in Japan, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Turkey joined forces on November 22-23, 2006 connecting to each other from the TDLC for the “Tokyo International Workshop 2006 on Earthquake Disaster Mitigation for Safer Housing”.Organizers including the Building Research Institute of Japan have launched a new collaborative research project with Asian institutions, and are incorporating videoconferencing to share knowledge and strengthen the network.
In an event leading up to the G8 Summit to be held in Russia in July, Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) from 7 G8 countries participated in an information exchange session via videoconference on June 7, 2006.
The TDLC received President Festus Gontebanye Mogae of the Republic of Botswana on June 7, 2006, on the occasion of the “Meeting on Infrastructure Development for Small Economies through Public Private Partnerships (PPP) - The Case of Botswana”. Jointly hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana and the World Bank Group with support from the United Nations University (UNU), the TDLC connected speakers from Pretoria, Johannesburg and Helsinki in addition to over 50 participants in Tokyo who joined the President for a productive roundtable discussion moderated by Dr. Hans van Ginkel, UNU Rector.
The International Recovery Platform (IRP) held its second Steering Committee meeting at the TDLC on June 1, 2006, connecting International Labour Organization (ILO) Headquarters in Geneva, The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome to Tokyo via videoconference.
A new global report on child labour launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) was the topic of a videoconference held on May 23, 2006 connecting ILO Headquarters in Geneva and the TDLC. Organized by the ILO Office in Japan, over 20 participants including members of NGOs gathered at the TDLC to listen to new findings and discuss common issues.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) coordinates a joint technical cooperation project with Romania which aims to share Japanese expertise on seismic risk, improve retrofitting techniques for Romanian buildings, advise on revisions to construction regulations and codes, and ultimately contribute to the safety of Romanian citizens against earthquakes.
World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn hosted a global dialogue with representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) via the Global Development Learning Network ahead of the BankÃ•s Annual Meetings. Representatives from more than 30 organizations from Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, Georgia, Japan, and The Netherlands took part in the conference.
Over a period of six months, more than one hundred accountants and auditors in eight Eastern European countries are using GDLN to work together and prepare themselves for joining the European Union on May 1, 2004.