Participants in 7 countries will now be able to study the Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFToT) Course in their own language. By popular demand, the World Bank/Tokyo Development Learning Center, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Planet Finance Japan and course “graduates” have collaborated to implement an ambitious localization plan in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Mongolia. The workbook and interactive computer-based instruction CD-ROM for participants are being translated into each language, and will be available for trial use in the current MFToT 5 course.
Hitotsubashi University’s Third Annual Asian Public Policy Program (APPP) Alumni Seminar was held on June 17, 2008 connecting the TDLC with Beijing, Hanoi, Jakarta and Manila. These “virtual” gatherings offer an opportunity for alumni, spread out across the region, to strengthen ties and discuss current public policy issues.
As inflation becomes an increasingly serious concern across Asia, economic managers are grappling with urgent questions on how best to formulate a response. To meet this need for knowledge, the Global Development Learning Network in the Asia Pacific Region (GDLN AP) launched a distance learning seminar series on Economic Management in collaboration with the World Bank. The first session, “Today’s Inflation: Global Context and Local Solutions” targeting economic decision makers in the Asia Pacific region, was held on June 5 and 6, 2008 with a total of 15 sites in 11 countries connecting over 2 days.
As high and volatile oil prices cast a shadow of uncertainty over the world economy, analysis and information on oil-price dynamics as well as instruments for risk management are in high demand among policymakers.The TDLC and World Bank Institute (WBI), engaging the expertise of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, collaborated to launch a timely new videoconference seminar “Oil Price Volatility, Economic Impacts and Risk Management in Asia”.
Youths from Africa and Asia “gathered” via GDLN
videoconference on May 26, 2008 to share knowledge and exchange views on achieving a vibrant Africa.
On the occasion of TICAD IV (Tokyo International Conference on African Development), the session was organized by the TDLC, World Bank Tokyo Office and UNICEF to provide a platform for future leaders to voice their opinions.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour made a special appearance at the TDLC and pushed the younger generation to take an active role in the decision making process.
View the session webcast (archive).
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In a training course developed by the TDLC, teachers and instructors across Asia sat in a virtual classroom to learn how ICTs can be incorporated to enhance multicultural education. Designed to accompany Kids Initiative, a program that enables school children to conduct exchanges with counterparts in other countries through GDLN videoconference, teachers across borders showed a strong interest in new methods of education to prepare children to meet the challenges of globalization.
A new blended learning program to train mother and child health care specialists in Mongolia was launched on April 30, 2008. Organized by the TDLC and Kitasato University’s School of Nursing, with the cooperation of the Mongolian Nursing Association, the full day lecture was delivered via GDLN videoconference to a total of 440 participants at 5 sites in Ulaan Bataar and other rural locations.
When Yae Yoshino, Lecturer at Kitasato University’s School of Nursing, visited Mongolia, she was struck by the textbooks that young nurses were using. They weren’t really “books” at all, but thin booklets translated from Russian, imported from the former Soviet Union. Not much was up to date – including nursing education. Inspired by the highly motivated nurses and midwives she met there, Yoshino contacted the TDLC to inquire about distance learning opportunities, and a partnership was born.
As part of an ongoing collaborative research project, a videoconference workshop on “Earthquake Risk Perception” was held March 5, 2008 to share the results of a survey conducted in 2007/2008 by the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) on the risk perception of residents, government officials, building contractors and masons.