The first delivery of the Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis, a distance learning seminar was launched on December 13, 2013 at the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (WB TDLC).
The Disability and Development Seminar Series kicked off with its first session on December 3, 2013.
The session “Mental Well-being, Disability, and Development” organized jointly by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (WB TDLC) featured a panel discussion on mental well-being within the context of disability and development. The discussion took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Senior Knowledge Management Officer Dr. Takashi Izutsu from WB TDLC moderated the panel from New York and the discussion was webcast live.
“How Can We Learn from Megadisasters”, a World Bank knowledge sharing seminar was hosted at the Tokyo Development Learning Center on October 18th, 2013. The seminar was a part of a Japan/World Bank joint research project, “Learning from Megadisasters” which was initiated months after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (GEJE) in October 2011 with the objective of sharing Japan’s knowledge and know-how of disaster risk management and post-disaster reconstruction with countries vulnerable to disasters and mainstreaming DRM. The session first showcased how the lessons learned from the GEJE were disseminated to the world and then the seminar participants actively discussed how those activities should be strengthened. The project is coming to a close and the event on October 18th marked its final public seminar. However, the World Bank and the government of Japan are committed to mainstreaming DRM and on maintaining the fruitful and effective working relationship: The government of Japan will fund up to US$100 million over the next 5 years and a “DRM Hub” will be established in Tokyo.
In disaster situations where various levels of health care providers are present, nurses often serve as the first and closest as well as the one of the most accessible and sustainable contacts for patients and people affected by disasters. However, disaster nursing has a tendency to be marginalized in a broader international development agenda. The panel discussion “Disaster Nursing: Lessons Learned from Asian Countries” organized by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine (ACEM) was held on October 24, 2013 based on the need to address this tendency and to help focus international attention on this important aspect of emergency medicine.
The World Bank’s Global Partnerships and Trust Fund Operations Department in cooperation with the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the World Bank Group Tokyo Office held the fifth Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Dialogue Series at TDLC on August 2, 2013.
The 9th Microfinance Training of Trainers course kicked off to a lively start on July 11, 2013 with 10 Global Distance Learning Centers in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Uganda hosting the course. Over 150 participants joined the opening session from the GDLN centers, and another 180 participants participated by going online and accessing the live webcasting of the session. Approximately 400 participants from 46 countries enrolled in the course, all enthusiastic to learn and explore the world of microfinance.
“Learning from Tohoku’s Recovery,” an international technical workshop on disaster risk management and post disaster reconstruction organized by the World Bank, International Recovery Platform (IRP), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Tohoku took place at the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center on June 24, 2013.
“Sustainable Fishery and Natural Resource Management”, a knowledge-sharing videoconference seminar jointly hosted by the World Bank Tokyo Office, Liberia Office, Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Himi City Tourism Association was held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The seminar, which connected three locations, Tokyo, Himi in Toyama prefecture, and Liberia via a live videoconference connection was hosted as an official partner activity for the upcoming 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which will be held in Yokohama, Japan in June 2013.
The 4th session of the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Dialogue series, prepared by the World Bank’s Global Partnerships and Trust Fund Operations (CFPTO) Department in cooperation with the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the World Bank Tokyo Office was held on February 28, 2013 at TDLC.
Natural resource management is a key to sustainable development, and it is of interest for all nations. It requires proper understanding of policies and practices for solving problems and issues associated with managing the natural resources to achieve both environmentally and socially sustainable development. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), with support from the The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are pleased to announce the blended distance learning course, “Policies and Practices for Natural Resource Management” on 14 March – 31 May 2013.
In June 2000, the Government of Japan and the World Bank established the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) with the aim of providing grants in support of community-driven development and poverty reduction programs that empower the poorest and most vulnerable groups. An extraordinary feature of the JSDF grant is that it encourages the testing of innovative methods that directly enhance the lives of the poor and vulnerable and provides a platform for cooperation with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and local stakeholders in the development process.
The JSDF Dialogue Series: third session was held on December 19, 2012 at the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) presenting the “Strengthening Access to Justice for the Poor in the Russian Federation” project. Since its first delivery in March 2012, the JSDF Dialogue Series have been serving the Japanese community of development practitioners, experts, academia, and the general public as a platform for debates and knowledge exchanges. They are a collaborative effort between the World Bank and the Government of Japan to disseminate the results and lessons learned from the implementation of JSDF to the Japanese public, thereby opening a channel of communication and good-practice sharing among various actors.