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 second Partograph Blended Learning Course was jointly organized by Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Kitasato University School of Nursing in June 2011. 212 participants from 8 countries joined the VC session on June 16, 2011.
The application of seismic isolation is often limited in developing countries because of the high cost and specialized technology involved in its design, construction and maintenance. To address this issue, a study group organized by the Consortium for Building Research and Development has conducted research on simple and affordable seismic isolation – and an international workshop held on February 8, 2007 via videoconference allowed experts to share their findings with counterparts in Asia.
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.
Mainstreaming gender into development activities was the focus of discussions at the first distance seminar for Japan’s ODA Task Force held this fiscal year, on June 21, 2006. Connecting the TDLC with Kenya, Thailand and Pakistan, members of each country’s Task Force, including Japanese Embassy, JICA and JETRO staff, participated to share their experiences and exchanged opinions with speakers in Tokyo. The series is organized by the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID).
Afghanistan is a country which is prone to disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, avalanches, sandstorms and floods. But prolonged war has destroyed its capacity for damage control and management. Following the development of a National Disaster Management Plan, a video conference, organized by Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Afghanistan’s Department for Disaster Preparedness, and the Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS), was held among experts on January 16, 2006 to discuss the plan connecting the TDLC, Kabul and Delhi.
To enable discussion of the issues and challenges related to power industry privatization, the Asian Institute of Management organized a seminar via the GDLN.
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.
Four aims of the policy dialogue.