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.
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.
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.