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.
Students from Hitotsubashi University School of International and Public Policy joined a worldwide consultation to make actionable recommendations on combating corruption and improving governance. Organized by the World Bank Institute, this event circled the globe in 12 two-hour sessions, bringing together students from leading business and public administration schools.
Participants in this year’s Nissan Leadership Program for Innovative Engineers (Nissan LPIE) had an opportunity to present their findings via videoconference on February 24, 2007. The TDLC has been collaborating with the Program to provide GDLN services to organize VC sessions enabling cross-regional discussions between participants and distinguished leaders in business and society.
The World Bank’s second East Asia Update for this year, including a special section on “Investing in the Young”, was released on November 14, 2006 via the GDLN. Speakers at Bank Headquarters in Washington DC connected with regional sites in Dili, Port Moresby, Ulan Bator, Sydney, Beijing, Manila and the TDLC, allowing over 100 participants to join a question and answer session with the authors of the report.
The Nissan LPIE held its first global videoconference session on September 16, 2006, with World Bank Information Solutions Network Senior Telecommunications Engineer Svetoslav K. Tintchev speaking on “The Role of Engineers in International Organizations”. Kyoto University’s Information Media Center was connected to the TDLC and WB Headquarters in Washington via the GDLN.
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.
Mr. John Hegarty, Manager of Financial Management for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank spoke on “Institutional Foundations for Sound Finance in Developing Countries: The Importance of Financial Reporting” at a WB Public Seminar held on March 29, 2006. Over 50 participants gathered at the TDLC with Kobe University and Hiroshima University joining the session via videoconference.
On October 29 Professor Jin Park from the Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management chaired an extremely successful GDLN event which facilitated discussion between good governance and anti-corruption experts from South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Washington (World Bank), Japan, China, Mongolia, Philippines, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia (ASEAN Secretariat).
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.
For the second time, representatives of governments, central banks, the private sector, media, academia, civil society, and development agencies in East Asia used GDLN to discuss with World Bank counterparts the Bank’s half yearly economic review of the region.