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December 2010

Launch of Training on Recovery for Government Officials program

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and International Recovery Platform (IRP) are jointly delivering a training program for government officials in the area of long-term disaster recovery planning and process. There are many practices and research findings on disaster recovery for immediately after a disaster, however, long-term disaster restoration and rehabilitation practices have not been widely researched and reviewed. This training program is designed to provide information and knowledge on sustainable disaster recovery processes to strengthen the roles of government officials in developing countries. 

TDLC and IRP received a full external grant from Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute to support this program.

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October 2010

TDLC’s Response to the Phase 1 Assessment Report

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

As previously reported, the TDLC undertook an independent assessment of its Phase 1 operations (up to June 2010), consisting of case studies and an assessment of our performance, to reflect on our efforts in the past to achieve our goals, and enable us to make better decisions going forward with Phase 2 of our operations.  The final version of this assessment report is now available on our project documents page.  After examining the Assessment Report that resulted from this effort, we have created a response.

A conceptual description of DLC service (page 14, the Assessment Report)

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September 2010

Microinsurance is drawing big attention among Japanese development practitioners

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The third session of the Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific in partnership with the Training and Learning Circle Distance Learning Series took place on September 16. This series is organized by The East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the World Bank team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN). Third session was titled as “Microinsurance and its application in DRM” and covered various innovations on the application of microinsurance in DRM, and the experiences and insights of practitioners.

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Eco2 2010 Yokohama Conference: October 21-22, Yokohama, Japan

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Eco2 2010 Yokohama, the first international conference on Eco2 Cities, will be held on October 21-22, in Yokohama, Japan.  Eco2 Cities is the World Bank’s approach to sustainable and integrated urban development and was launched in 2009 as part of the Bank’s new corporate strategy. Eco2 2010 Yokohama is open to public registration and there is no registration fee.

Please visit World Bank website for more information.

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July 2010

International Medical Cooperation in Madagascar

Reporting by Sister Makino and Sister Hirama

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Sister Makino and patient with her newborn baby at the Ave Maria Maternity Hospital. Antsirabe, Madagascar. Photo by Y. Fukunaga

105 participants crowded in to the video conference studio at the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), on May 12, 2010 to listen to two Franciscan Sisters, Yukie Makino and Michiko Hirama talk about their experiences of working as medical staff in Madagascar.

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May 2010

Blended Learning Course on Partograph: 9 Countries in Asia, Africa, and Middle East Represented

Monday, May 31st, 2010

286 participants from 9 countries joined the Blended Learning Course on Partograph, jointly organized by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Kitasato University School of Nursing via video conference on April 28, 2010.

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TDLC Phase 1 Assessment

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

An assessment of the TDLC Project has been conducted in line with completion of its first phase of operations (Phase 1) up to 30 June 2010. An Executive Summary and Terms of Reference (TOR) are now available.

JICA president Ogata, former World Bank president Wolfensohn, and former Japanese Minister of Finance Tanigaki at TDLC opening ceremony, June 2004

This assessment has been conducted and published as means to ensure the accountability of the project to its stakeholders and examine the groundwork of the second phase of operations (Phase 2). It was carried out intensively from March 2010 by two external experts via desk research, a survey, interviews and review of selected case studies to measure key performance indicators and impact.

All documents relating to this assessment are always available on our project documents page.

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The 3rd Mother and Child Health Training Program in Mongolia: Over 2200 participants since 2008

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The Mother and Child Health Training Program in Mongolia, jointly delivered annually by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), Kitasato University School of Nursing, and the Mongolian Nurses Association since 2008, hosted its third Training on April 15, 2010. This year, a new partner, the World Health Organization (WHO) joined and 543 Mongolian midwives and nurses participated in the training.

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April 2010

Circular Economy and Development of Western Provinces (China)

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Japan’s circular economy policies and regional development strategies as ‘Eco-Towns’ were highlighted as part of a GDLN course for western China , 7-9 April, 2010.

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MFTOT6 End-Course Evaluation

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

In the 6th round of the Microfinance Training of Trainers Course, the African Development Bank (AfDB) joined us as our newest partner, and more students from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda were able to join the course, through the support provided by AfDB. 174 graduates from more than 30 countries became certified trainers from the 6th round, bringing the number of certified trainers to a total of 509.

The highlights of the MFTOT6 End-Course Evaluation is now available here.

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Kenyan Orphan Meets Japanese Artist Wrapup Session

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

February 19, 2010: As part of the Orphan Meets Artist: “Kenyan Orphans meet Japanese Artist” program, artist Yoshinari Nishio who has returned to Japan after completing his art workshop in Kenya, Michiko Kusunoki of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Shunsuke Ishida of Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) discussed about art in Africa and the link between art and development. This talk was featured (Japanese language only) at the World Bank Tokyo office website

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March 2010

Public Seminar “Social Economy in Africa”

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

What is “social economy”?

“We do not have a single term for the social economy; we have no universal definition,” says Jurgen Schwettmann, Deputy Director for the Geneva-based International Labour Organization.

“The term covers an astonishing diversity of different organizations and institutions,” he remarked in an address to a videoconference held at TDLC on November 25.

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