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East Asia and the Pacific Programs


The Pattern of Global Trade: Opportunities and Challenges for the Emerging Economics

Seminar 2: Free Trade Zone: International experience and local development

June 10, 2014
13:00 -15:30 (JST)

As the world economy becomes more globalized, the developing countries, which account for over 40 percent of the global trade, play an increasingly important role in global economy and trade. Since the financial crisis, the global economic and trade pattern has been readjusted, and new rules of global trade, which pursue higher liberalization in business operation, investment and services, and emphasize more on fair competition and protection of rights and interests, have been established. The new pattern may to a large extent reshape the external environment of the emerging economies and reconstruct the global economic value chain, and thus may again repel the emerging economies, including China, to the edge of the international trade system. Emerging economies are therefore confronted with severe challenges to establish more reasonable economic and trade policies for the purpose of playing an even more active role in the global economy and boosting sustainable local economic development.

This program is jointly organized by the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC), Korean Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management, The World Bank, and the WB Tokyo Development Learning Center.

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Introduction to Islamic Finance 2014

Session Dates Changed
March 12, 2014 until March 27, 2014
13:00-16:00 (East Africa Time)
19:30-22:00 (Japan Standard Time)
Please note we are not accepting participants from Japan.

Islamic finance has been growing rapidly in recent years and attracting greater attention in the wake of the recent financial crisis. The World Bank and the Islamic Development Bank have set out a framework for collaboration between the two parties and lend support to global, regional and country efforts in the development and expansion of Islamic finance globally.

In 2012, with the initiative of the Association of African Distance Learning Center (AADLC) , in partnership with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) and the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), a comprehensive course “Introduction to Islamic Finance” was designed and organized to share fundamentals of Islamic finance with a special focus on policy makers and officials of the financial sector in Africa.
This program will be the second delivery following the success of the first program delivered in 2012

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Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis

Session 1: Friday, December 13, 2013 14:00-17:30 (JST)
Session 2: Friday, April 11, 2014 14:00-17:30 (JST)/13:00-16:30 (ULAT)

This new training program will promote participants’ understandings on basics of PFA, do’s and don’ts, and self-care technique, through web/VC-based lectures and discussions. The program will provide basic knowledge on how to offer PFA, as well as basics on mental health and psychosocial support after crises which will be an emerging priority in disaster risk management policy making/implementation. The program will be facilitated jointly by the World Bank/TDLC, UNU-IIGH, and the National Institute of Mental Health in Japan, in close partnership with WHO.

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Final Session: “Learning from Megadisasters”

How can we learn from megadisasters?

Friday, October 18, 2013 (2pm-5pm)

The World Bank and Japan started the Project “Learning from Megadisasters” in October 2011. The project aims to share Japan’s knowledge on disaster risk management (DRM) and post disaster reconstruction with countries vulnerable to disasters. The project is collecting and analyzing information, data, and evaluations performed by academic and research institutions, nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, and the private sector. In this seminar, participants will discuss; 1) How is each organization sharing lessons from the GEJE with the World?  2) How can the country utilize these lessons to strengthen DRM? 3) How should Japan share the lessons from the GEJE with the world?

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Learning from Megadisasters

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Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Financing and Inclusive Growth

AFDC Distance Learning Seminar Series

Seminar 1: September 11, 12:00-14:00 (JST), 2013
Seminar 2: November 7, 10:30AM-12:30 (JST), 2013*
*Please note that the starting time has changed.

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are key drivers of economic growth, job creation and inclusive growth. However, access to finance, especially for MSMEs, remains largely limited in most emerging markets. Financing has been a long-time problem for MSMEs, which restrains them from sustainable development in the long run. This course aims to summarize and share experiences on “MSME Financing and Inclusive Growth” by governments and financial institutions in China, Japan, Korea in order to address the issue of providing sufficient financing support and financing access, and innovating financing pattern to promote sustainable development for MSMEs.

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Science and Policy of Climate Change 2013

A Blended Distance Learning Course

Responding to increasing global concerns on global warming and climate change we are pleased to announce the third delivery of the blended distance learning course, Science and Policy of Climate Change from September 13 to December 16, 2013.

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Session 2: Filling the Data Gap with Participatory Mapping for Effective Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific Distance Learning Seminar Series 2013

June 18, 2013 12:00-15:00 (JST)

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. By using an OpenStreetMap tools, the Indonesian local government’s Disaster Management Agency, with the help of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Australian Aid Agency (AusAid) and the World Bank collected high-resolution data in six provinces including Jakarta in a pilot project to inform flood preparedness and contingency planning. This session will then demonstrate how participatory mapping has been used by the Government of Indonesia in contingency planning and Damage and Loss Assessment working with the OpenStreetMap (OSM) tools and community, and how the data was integrated into the national database.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2013 Series

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9th Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT 9)

A Blended Distance Learning Course

July-November 2013


Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)  are pleased to announce the 9th delivery of the Microfinance Training of Trainers course (MFTOT9) from July to November 2013.

MFTOT9 is designed to strengthen the institutional capacity of microfinance in the Asia-Pacific region and African region. The course makes high-quality microfinance training accessible to decision-makers, professionals and practitioners in the field of microfinance and increases the number of accredited microfinance trainers in the Asia Pacific region and around the world. Two types of certificate are available for participants who complete the course depending on learning objectives, level of commitment and performance.

Online registration will be available from May 1, 2013 at MFTOT 9 course website.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Microfinance Training of Trainers Course (MFTOT)

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6th Delivery of Happy Mothers, Happy Children

Blended Learning Program to Train Nurses and Health Care Specialists in Mongolia

imageTokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), Kitasato University and Mongolia Nurses Association delivered the 6th blended learning program to train nurses and other health care specialists in Mongolia on March 28, 2013.  This full-day program covered mental health nursing, and was delivered to over 500 participants at five sites in Ulaan Bataar in Mongolia.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Happy Mothers, Happy Children

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Policies for Job Creation

AFDC Distance Learning Seminar Series 2013

Seminar 1: Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:30-14:00 (JST)
Seminar 2: Monday, June 24, 2013 11:30-14:00 (JST)

Full employment is one of the most important objectives of a well-functioning macro economy in a country. The current global economic crisis has resulted in high unemployment rate which, if not well dealt with, would affect the social stability and economic development. The Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC) in collaboration with the World Bank, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, and the Tokyo Development Learning Center will launch a series of Distance Learning Seminars in 2013 to share experience and exchange ideas on policy framework of job creation. The first session will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

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