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November 2011

Nine Asian countries joined Green Growth seminars

Two Green Growth seminars were successfully organized by Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) with Korea Development Institute (KDI) School and Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC) in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) - connecting with Korea, China, Japan and other countries via video conference.

Expert speakers from Japan, China and Korea updated and shared knowledge about each country’s Green Growth policy formation and its implementation process to date. They also took part in a regional dialogue to further disseminate the concept of Green Growth and to analysis and discuss relevant issues within Asia and beyond.


Post-ASEAN Summit Briefing

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, conducted a briefing for ASEAN stakeholders on the key highlights, outcomes and follow-up actions from the 19th ASEAN Summit & Related Summits that took place in Bali, Indonesia on 17-19 November 2011.

A video-clip of the two-hour briefing and Q&A session is available on the TDLC’s streaming site.


October 2011

“Higher Ed Can Do MORE” message delivered to East Asia

The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) collaborated with the World Bank East Asia and Pacific regional external affairs team last week to launch a new regional flagship report of the World Bank, titled “Putting Higher Education to Work: Skills and Research for Growth in East Asia” on October 13, 2011. 

The launch program included local and regional press conferences and a regional seminar with Jim Adams, Vice President of the World Bank East Asia Pacific Region and the two authors of the report attending from Tokyo. Key discussants were Kiyoshi Kodera (JICA), Annie Koh (Singapore Management University) and Ediberto de Jesus (Asian Institute of Management)…


September 2011

Lively seminar on innovative Global 4 Dimensions Water Cycle Management System

The World Bank East Asia and Pacific Region hosted the WBEAP/GDLN Global 4 Dimensions Water Cycle Management Seminar in collaboration with the Foundation for Riverfront Improvement and Restoration, WB TDLC and the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN). The seminar connected the capital cities of China, Indonesia, Madagascar, Vietnam, Laos and Japan, and three different venues from the Philippines via videoconference.


Understanding Science and Policy of Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. It poses challenges to economic prosperity and human security for both present and future generations.

The blended learning program on ‘Science and Policy on Climate Change’ was developed to raise awareness and enhance understanding of the implications of climate change within the broad context of sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.  The program was designed to enhance interactivity among participants and experts by blending video conference sessions with on-line discussion forums in a self-learning style web-based e-learning course.


Successful delivery of 7th Microfinance Training of Trainers Course (MFTOT 7)

“This is a very important course relevant not only for developing countries but for the whole world”, the lead tutor of the MFTOT course, Mr. Nanda Karunagoda said during his remarks at the beginning of the course. “Important” may be a subjective word, but if measured by the evaluation of the participants who undertook the course the 7th Microfinance Training of Trainers Course has proved to be highly successful and important. In addition, over 98% of participants said that they would not hesitate to recommend the course to their colleagues.


July 2011

Post ASEAN Ministerial Meeting briefing

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, conducted a briefing for ASEAN stakeholders on the highlights, outcomes and follow-up actions from the 44th ASEAN Ministerial meeting and related meetings that took place in Bali, Indonesia on 16-23 July 2011.


June 2011

Second Partograph Blended Learning Course

The second Partograph Blended Learning Course was jointly organized by Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Kitasato University School of Nursing in June 2011.  212 participants from 8 countries joined the VC session on June 16, 2011.


January 2011

Interview with child labor specialist from ILO

On November 25th, 2010, International Labour Organization (ILO), Aoyama Gakuin University and Tokyo Development Learning Center, the World Bank (TDLC) jointly presented a lecture by Ms. Singh on Child labor Activities in Asia and the Pacific. Afterwards, TDLC’s Program and Knowledge Coordinator, Takiko Koyama interviewed Ms. Simrin Singh who is a Senior Specialist on Child Labor in ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The video archive on the full interview is available.


November 2010

Report: 2010 Lecture Series “Asian Decent Work Agenda under Global Job Crisis”

International Labour Organization (ILO), Aoyama Gakuin University and The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) hosted a lecture series “Asian Decent Work Agenda under Global Crisis”. Many positive feedbacks were received from the participants, as this series is one of the rare opportunities to be able to listen to the experience from and ask questions to the specialists who are actively involved in the labor issues in ILO Bangkok regional office or ILO headquarter in Geneva.


September 2010

Microinsurance is drawing big attention among Japanese development practitioners

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.


July 2010

International Medical Cooperation in Madagascar


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.


May 2010

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

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.


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

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.


April 2010

MFTOT6 End-Course Evaluation

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.


Kenyan Orphan Meets Japanese Artist Wrapup Session

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


March 2010

Public Seminar “Social Economy in Africa”

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.


February 2010

Kids & Youth Initiative—What the Children Have to Say About It


January 2010

MFTOT 6 Course Wrapped Up


Woman receives loan payment at microfinance institution in Bangladesh. Shehzad Noorani/The World Bank 2002

The sixth Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT) Course, kicked off in July 2009, has now ended.
Twenty-three students in Japan have successfully graduated, fourteen have been accredited as MFTOT trainers. They’ve shared some views on the course, along with their hopes in putting the new knowledge to practical use.


December 2009

Cambodian Orphans Receive their Flipbooks

Video StreamingThe flip books created by Japanese participants from the last workshop of the “Hanbun Hanbun/Pakondal-Cambodian HIV/AIDS Orphans Meet Japanese Artists”, a collaborative program between Tokyo Development Learning Center and Tokyo Wonder Site, safely reached Cambodia in mid-December, and each and every one of the 16 children involved in the program received their flip book.


Lecture Series: “Issues in Asia and the International Labour Organization”


Tran Thi Hoa/World Bank, 2002

A videoconference on “Issues in Asia and the International Labour Organization” was held at TDLC on November 19.

Organized jointly by the International Labour Office in Japan, Aoyama Gakuin University and TDLC, this lecture series introduces foreign and Japanese experts who work on a global scale through the ILO, and discuss current labor issues with the Japanese audience.


November 2009

“Orphan Meets Artist” Cambodia/Japan Final Workshop Held

Video Streaming“Hanbun Hanbun/Pakondal – Cambodian HIV/AIDS Orphans Meet Japanese Artists”, the final of a three-session workshop series, was held at Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama on November 22.

As part of TDLC’s “Orphan Meets Artist” program, the event was jointly held with Tokyo Wonder Site, and got underway with an update by KIDS EARTH FUND founder Harumi Torii on the current situation faced by children in Cambodia.


Lecture Series: Women and Their Families—Health Services for Pregnancy and Child Care


Yosef Hadar/World Bank

Together wtih Kitasato University School of Nursing and the WHO, TDLC has launched a new video conference series; “Women and their Families – Health Services for Pregnancy and Child Care.”

A wide range of issues of universal concern will be discussed by experts—safe motherhood, reproductive health, child care, and generic health. The first session was held in November by WHO expert Dr. Monir Islam.


“Orphan Meets Artist” 2nd Cambodia/Japan Workshop

Video StreamingOn November 15, TDLC and the World Bank Cambodia Phnom Penh office were linked in the second video conference workshop of the “Hanbun Hanbun/Pakondal—Cambodian HIV/AIDS Orphans Meet Japanese Artists” series.

Through the connection, Japanese animation artist Chikara Matsumo demonstrated to HIV/AIDS orphans in Cambodia how to show and tell about the drawings they’d made at the first workshop.


“Orphan Meets Artist” Cambodia/Japan Workshop

Video StreamingTDLC’s “Orphan Meets Artist/Artist Meets Orphan” program saw an art workshop held for HIV/AIDS orphans in Uganda early in the year, followed by a Tokyo symposium discussing the potential role of art in development.

The next phase of the program focuses on AIDS orphans in Cambodia: “Hanbun Hanbun/Pakondal—- Cambodian HIV/AIDS Orphans Meet Japanese Artists”—the theme; mutual sharing. The first videoconference workshop was held in November, connecting TDLC with the World Bank Phnom Penh office.


September 2009

SME Course 1 – Introduction to Marketing – Bali’s Experience

Earlier this year, professionals, newcomers, and students of marketing in Bali, Indonesia assembled for a five-week capacity-building course on marketing concept and strategy, organized by Tokyo Development Learning Center and GDLN Indonesia.

Videoconference-based distance learning lectures were provided by ChuSanRen, the Central Japan Industries Association, Japan’s nationwide management specialists’ association of 800 companies and organizations.


SME Course 2—Africa Wants More

This summer, Tokyo Development Learning Center put together a five-week capacity-building distance learning seminar series “Improving Manufacturing Productivity” for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa, in collaboration with GDLN Distance Learning Centers.

Comments have now been received from course participants; read on to take a look at the testimonials.


July 2009

More Than 150 Join Microfinance Course from Africa

Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT)6 has now kicked off in Africa. On July 23, 2009, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, Paris, Washington DC and Tokyo were set up as video connection sites in TDLC’s first major organized effort to provide a program for the African audience.


“Uganda AIDS Orphans Meet Artist” Symposium a Big Hit

A symposium “Uganda’s AIDS Orphans Meet Artist Tatsuo Miyajima” was held at the National Art Center Tokyo in Roppongi, Tokyo this month as part of the “Orphan Meets Artist/ Artist Meets Orphan” program, decorated with colourful artwork created by children in Uganda and Japan.


May 2009

Mongolia: Better Care for Mothers and Babies

In developing countries like Mongolia, a lot of mothers’ and babies’ lives are lost in pregnancy and childbirth. Many are due to preventable causes, and health care specialists are in urgent demand. TDLC and Kitasato University offer training through distance learning, to make a difference…


February 2009

Nurses’ Fight Against Disaster

“I lost everything. I just did not want to live anymore”. It was the voice of a disaster victim reported in a newspaper article. It was a call for action by TDLC, who leads GDLN Asia Pacific program development. With its knowledge and experience in post-disaster measures, Japan could make a unique contribution. Our distance learning course on disaster nursing will be held on February 17 and 18.


OMA: Uganda Workshop


November 2008

OMA: HIV/Aids Orphan in Uganda and their Approach to Improvement of Living


June 2008

Hitotsubashi Alumni Discuss Surging Inflation

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.


Discussing Oil Price Volatility in Asia

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”.


April 2008

Mother and Child Healthcare Program Launched in Mongolia

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.


March 2008

International Workshop on Earthquake Risk Perception

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.


January 2008

Tokyo International Workshop 2008 on Earthquake Disaster Mitigation for Safer Housing

Researchers from 5 countries connected via the GDLN on January 24, 2008 for the Tokyo International Workshop 2008 on Earthquake Disaster Mitigation for Safer Housing. Part of a collaborative research project initiated by 4 Japanese institutions including the Building Research Institute, the workshop was organized to share research and development output as well as to discuss activity programs among participating research institutes in Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Turkey.


August 2007

MFToT 4: Expanding Microfinance Capacity Worldwide

How can new technologies help build microfinance capacity in developing countries? The Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFToT) course has led the way with its unique blended learning approach. The fourth series which opened at the TDLC on August 16, 2007 takes advantage of webcasting to deliver videoconference lectures, vastly expanding accessibility. Moodle, an open-source learning management system, was incorporated for the first time – allowing 653 participants from 52 countries to register on-line.


July 2007

Thematic Workshop: Feasible and Affordable Seismic Constructions in Developing Countries

Research institutes in Japan, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Turkey connected via the GDLN on July 18, 2007 to take part in the “Thematic International Workshop 2007 on Feasible and Affordable Seismic Constructions in Developing Countries”.  These 5 countries are participating in an ongoing collaborative research and development project to mitigate damage in earthquake prone areas in Asia, using videoconferencing as a way to share information and discuss future plans.


Kids Initiative: Why Do Thai People Wear Yellow?

Video StreamingSchool children in Bangkok made their “debut” on screen in Japan during a Kids Initiative videoconference session held on July 17, 2007 acting out a skit explaining why many Thai people wear yellow. Counterparts in Japan responded with a presentation on school life in Tokyo. Kids Initiative is a World Bank TDLC program which utilizes videoconference and other communication technologies to promote multi-cultural exchanges between children to prepare them for an increasingly interconnected world.


June 2007

Hitotsubashi University APPP Holds Second “Reunion”

Hitotsubashi University’s Asian Public Policy Program (APPP) held its second “reunion” via the GDLN on June 28, 2007. Professor Hisanobu Shishido moderated from the TDLC connecting to alumni in Beijing, Manila, Hanoi and Jakarta. Over thirty attended the seminar in Tokyo, including students currently enrolled in the program.


An East Asian Renaissance: Ideas for Growth

A new World Bank publication “An East Asian Renaissance: Ideas for Growth” was presented at the TDLC on June 12, 2007 by lead authors Dr. Homi Kharas, former Bank Chief Economist for East Asia & Pacific, and Dr. Indermit Gill, Economic Adviser. Three universities in Japan connected via videoconference to tune into discussions.


April 2007

Successful Road Management: Learning from 2 World Bank Projects

traffic coneWith broad interest in road management systems around the world, much can be learned from each other’s experience – thus, findings from two international projects recently undertaken by the World Bank were discussed at a videoconference-based distance seminar connecting 9 sites on April 24, 2007 organized by the Bank’s East Asia Transport Unit & the GDLN. 


March 2007

Disaster Mitigation Education and Risk Awareness: GRIPS,BRI Hold International VC Conference

The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and The Building Research Institute (BRI)Japan held an international conference on “Disaster Mitigation Education and Risk Awareness” on March 15, 2007 at the TDLC.


February 2007

International Workshop on Simple and Affordable Seismic Isolation in 2007

The application of seismic isolation is often limited in developing countries because of the high cost and specialized technology involved in its design, construction and maintenance. To address this issue, a study group organized by the Consortium for Building Research and Development has conducted research on simple and affordable seismic isolation – and an international workshop held on February 8, 2007 via videoconference allowed experts to share their findings with counterparts in Asia.


Third Microfinance Trainers Course Accredits 45 New Trainers

“More hard work will be needed from all of you”. The new Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute, Dr. Masahiro Kawai expressed hopes for accelerated microfinance capacity building at an Accreditation Ceremony held on February 5,2007 connecting 6 sites.


November 2006

Tokyo International Workshop 2006 on Earthquake Disaster Mitigation for Safer Housing

Research institutions in Japan, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Turkey joined forces on November 22-23, 2006 connecting to each other from the TDLC for the “Tokyo International Workshop 2006 on Earthquake Disaster Mitigation for Safer Housing”.Organizers including the Building Research Institute of Japan have launched a new collaborative research project with Asian institutions, and are incorporating videoconferencing to share knowledge and strengthen the network.


August 2006

Kids Initiative: Videoconference “Home Room” in Sri Lanka and Japan

Students in Sri Lanka and Japan connected via videoconference on August 29, 2006 to conduct a joint “Home Room” session, participating in an activity to identify the most important things in life and share their perspectives.Facilitated with the cooperation of Takushoku University, over a dozen students from Hoya Junior High School assembled at the TDLC to interact with their peers in Sri Lanka.


Third MFToT Course Begins with New Features to Enhance Training Capacity

The third “Training of Trainers Course on Microfinance” (MFToT) began at the TDLC on August 3, 2006, incorporating new approaches to broaden its impact on building training capacity in Asia. Newcomers India, Pakistan and China joined Sri Lanka, Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan for the opening videoconference session connecting via the GDLN, with Beijing bridging to the China Development Bank’s national network to further expand the course’s reach. The session was also webcast live through the internet for the first time. See full story to access an archived version of the webcast.


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