A “Kids Initiative” Peace Program, sponsored by the World Bank, was held on December 20, 2005, allowing children from Hiroshima to share their city’s tragic experience with their counterparts in East Timor and the Philippines. The TDLC facilitated the connection between Hiroshima University, the venue in Japan, and GDLN Centers in East Timor and the Philippines.
“Where can you get the microorganisms to start composting?” “How much time does it take, and isn’t there a risk of diseases?” The International Distance Seminar on Transferring Composting Technology, held on December 14, 2005, connected over 80 participants in Tokyo, Kitakyushu, Jakarta and Bangkok. A lively discussion followed presentations from NGO and community members in Surabaya, Indonesia, where Kitakyushu helped set up a successful composting program. Organized by Kitakyushu and the TDLC, the seminar was designed to introduce composting to participants in Bangkok, which had asked Kitakyushu for assistance in solid waste management.
The TDLC is pleased to announce the launch of bimonthly e-newsletter. The newsletter will feature GDLN business proposals as well as case studies of our partner’s programs that have been developed with the TDLC. You will also be updated with the latest on technical improvements at our Center and enhancements of our services. We can show you the full range of possibilities that the GDLN can offer to change the way you pursue your development agenda and communicate with your beneficiaries.
JICA and the TDLC have been promoting knowledge sharing between Asia and Africa through its delivery of JICA-Net Seminars to Africa. In response to the popularity of the first series, given in October 2005, a second series of 4 lectures will be conducted in December 2005.
A special session of the Kids Initiative, sponsored by the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific region, was held at the TDLC on October 1, 2005 connecting children from Japan and Sri Lanka.
Due to popular demand, the “Training of Trainers Course on Microfinance (MFTOT)”, first held as a blended distance learning program last spring, will be given again this autumn over 13 weeks by the TDLC, The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). Based on performance of assignments, e-discussions and final exam, participants who meet standards will be given accreditation to become a certified trainer of the Microfinance Distance Learning Course.
President Paul Wolfowitz, on his first visit to Japan as president, held an interactive dialogue with staff from 4 East Asia country offices and guests on October 12 before leaving for China, the next leg of his 2 week trip. Speaking from the Tokyo Development Learning Center, Mr.Wolfowitz connected to Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta and Hanoi via the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) and was observed widely by 9 World Bank offices and GDLN distance learning centers in the East Asia Pacific and South Asia regions.
President Wolfowitz met with JICA President Sadako Ogata on October 12, 2005, to discuss areas where the Bank could collaborate with JICA. Africa was high on the agenda, as Mr. Wolfowitz has given the region priority and JICA is taking the initiative on Asia-Africa Knowledge Creation. The two leaders talked about promoting collaborative activities between the TDLC/GDLN and JICA-Net/JICA.
“There’s no question that one of the most valuable tools for development is giving people information about things that work, and don’t work. Hopefully we can do more with this technology than we’ve been able to do in the past,” said World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz after touring the Tokyo Development Learning Center on October 11, 2005. Mr. Wolfowitz is visiting Japan for the first time as president, his first stop on a two week tour of Asia and Europe.
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 Asian Development Youth Forum (ADYF) held its second video conference on July 29, 2005, in collaboration with Vietnamese students in Hanoi, connecting the TDLC in Tokyo with the Vietnam Development Information Center in Hanoi.
An international video conference on ‘Inclusion of Children and People in Welfare and Education’ was held by Seisa University on July 7, 2005 via the GDLN. Speakers at the TDLC in Tokyo were connected with the Philippines and 6 Seisa study centers across Japan, bringing together approximately 200 participants with backgrounds in education and welfare.