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November 2012

Preparing for Disaster: Report on 2nd Delivery of Disaster Nurse Training Course

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

An intensive 2 day training course on disaster nursing was successfully held in six countries in May 2012.  This course aimed to provide the essential foundation for disaster nursing to fill the need for specialized training for nurses to be able to respond effectively to disasters.

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September 2012

Strong demand from Africa for Islamic finance

Report on the 1st Islamic finance course delivery

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

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An “Introduction to Islamic Finance Course” was successfully delivered under a joint initiative by the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the Association of African Distance Learning Centers (AADLC) in collaboration with international experts from The World Bank, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). This program, which was the first ever course on this topic offered through the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of Islamic finance in Africa and Asian regions. Opportunities for such learning are scarce in Sub-Saharan African countries.  The program saw a turnout of 243 policymakers and practitioners in financial sector from 10 African countries. 


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July 2012

Learning from Megadisasters GDLN sessions

- A success story!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Japan has successfully shared its lessons learnt from the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011. In October 2011, the Government of Japan and the World Bank established a joint program, “Learning from Megadisasters: Program of Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Exchange”. The program utilized the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) with Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) taking on the lead role to coordinate with GDLN centers in the region. 33 Knowledge Notes will be developed for the program in order to share findings and lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake with practitioners throughout the world. 

A series of 6 video conference (VC) based knowledge sharing sessions were delivered from April 18 to May 10, 2012.  A total of 656 people participated throughout the series from 24 connected sites in 18 countries worldwide. A number of people also joined through web streaming from countries that were not connected via VC.

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June 2012

8th Microfinance Training of Trainers Course Wrap Up

A Step Forward to Alleviate Poverty

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

MFTOT 8 participants gather at TDLC

The 8th Microfinance Training of Trainers Course (MFTOT8) organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), China Development Bank (CDB), and Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), was completed in May 2012. 199 newly certified trainers from 30 countries were accredited, the highest number since the course was first launched in 2005.

To date, there are 892 certified trainers of the Microfinance Distance Learning (MFDL) Course from 55 countries, largely from Asian and African regions. The certified trainers are microfinance professionals including university professors, managers and microfinance practitioners in central banks, commercial banks and MFIs.

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April 2012

Supporting the global carbon finance dialogue

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) has been providing logistical support for Carbon Finance Fund Participant Meetings organized by the World Bank’s Carbon Finance Unit (ENVCF) since June 2007.  A number of funds (the Prototype Carbon Fund, the Community Development Carbon Fund, and the BioCarbon Fund) hold regular meetings with their stakeholders linking to their Japanese stakeholders by videoconference at the TDLC.  In 2012, the BioCarbon Fund and the Community Development Carbon Fund will hold their annual meetings in June in Tokyo at our center, as they did in June 2007.

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March 2012

Innovative training program for Vietnamese nurses

March 2012

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


An innovative training-of- trainers (TOT) program to support nurse education in Vietnam has been developed by Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) in collaboration with AHP Network, and Vietnam Development Information Center (VDIC)

The program aims to improve the nurse education and training system; thus, to enhance the capacity of the overall healthcare workforce in Vietnam. While nurse education in medical universities and colleges has provided training on fundamental knowledge and skills in key clinical specializations; yet, there are subjects merely addressed as partial topics of a subject, rather than complete separate subjects. This has caused a lack of specific and practical knowledge and skills as required among nursing teachers in delivering lessons to students and among nurses in providing daily treatment to patients. The fields that were identified to be covered under this training course have included; Mental Health, Elderly Care and Home-based Nursing.

The TDLC plans to deliver the second delivery of Introduction to Psychiatric and Mental Nursing TOT in late summer, as well as to develop and deliver an Elderly Care TOT course in Fall 2012.

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February 2012

Spotlight on Disaster Risk Management

February 13, 2012

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the World Bank’s East Asia & Pacific (EAP) Regional Unit jointly organized two major events on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) connecting media, policy makers, practitioners, and other partners by video conferencing system. The events, which utilized the outreach facilities of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), marked the occasion of the visit to Japan by Pamela Cox, new Vice President for East Asia and Pacific region of the World Bank.

A recording of the seminar as well as the presentation materials are available on the our Program page.


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January 2012

Global Water Forum

Video Archive

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The Global Water Forum, established in 2010 as an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), works with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), to provide expertise in capacity building and knowledge transfer in water economics and governance, and to develop an understanding of the value of water and across different uses.

As part of this broader collaboration Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC)  has provided its connectivity services for a series of video lectures to leading academics in the water sector at the Australian National University (ANU),  which connected to water practitioners in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, and India in November 2011.

Some of the lectures are now available online: Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) lecture series

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A Japan-Korea Cooperation Symposium

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

A Japan-Korea Cooperation Symposium to promote regional cooperation and foster a stronger collaborative relationship between the two countries was held on January 17th.  The symposium provided a good opportunity for shared recognition of the need for regional cooperation and to further foster a stronger relationship, which ultimately may be helpful to furthering future Japan-Korea regional promotion. 

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