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TDLC covers a range of other topics such as economic issues, regional integration in Asia, and agriculture. Once critical mass is accumulated in particular subject areas, other thematic groups will be established accordingly.


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KDI-Development Case Study Series 2012

Rural & Economic Development

Session 1
Date: Friday, March 9, 2012
Time: 11:30-14:00

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Time: 11:30-14:00

East and South Asia are predominantly agricultural continents with economic growth relying heavily on agriculture. By 2050, the total population in the world is expected to reach 9.1 billion, 34% larger than that of today. While 70% of the population is rural-based and will likely remain the driving force for the overall economy, the East and South Asian region is experiencing widespread poverty, especially in rural areas.

Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School) plans to launch a video conference seminar series in collaboration with the The World Bank, the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and other Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) centers in order to share Korea’s experiences in rural development and to promote knowledge exchange with other countries in East and South Asia.

If you have an interest in this topic you are most welcome to this program!

Organizer:

- Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School)

Cooperation:

- The World Bank
- Asia-Pacific Financial Development Center (AFDC)
- Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)

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Science and Policy of Climate Change 2012

A Blended Distance Learning Course

April 11 – July 11, 2012

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Responding to increasing global concerns on global warming and climate change, the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC) are pleased to announce the second delivery of the Blended Distance Learning Course, “Science and Policy of Climate Change” on 11 April - 11 July 2012.  The course targets graduate students, development practitioners, policy makers, business persons, and mid-level professionals in the Asia Pacific region.

Course Registration:
Please visit online registration page: http://www.esdonline.org/spcc

Registration open from Feb 27 to Mar 30, 2012

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‘Mainstreaming Resilience in a Complex, Networked World’ Seminar

World Bank Seminar

Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: 17:00-19:00 (JST)
Doors open: 16:30

Following recent large scale disasters in the East Asia and Pacific region including the March 11 earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan, large-scale flooding in Thailand as well as the tropical storm in the Philippines, mainstreaming disaster risk management (DRM) in investments and operations has become an increasingly urgent issue.

The seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss how we can make further progress on the mainstreaming issue, as well as ways to enhance collaboration across organizations to sustain these efforts. World Bank East Asia and Pacific Regional Vice President Pamela Cox will open the session with an overview of the Bank’s work on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the region. The session will be hosted in Tokyo and connect by video conference to audiences located in Bangkok (Thailand), Manila (Philippines), Jakarta (Indonesia), Hanoi (Vietnam) and Vientiane (Laos).

Advance registration required (first-come-first-served). Webcasting (Live Streaming via Internet) of VC will be also available.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2011 Series

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Green Growth Seminars

Distance Learning Seminar Series

Green Growth Policy -1: Monday, November 14th, 2011
Green Growth Policy -2: Friday, November 25th, 2011

Time: 12:30-15:30 (Japan Standard Time)

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Liang Qiang—World Bank

Come along to two seminars on “Green Growth” at Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) connecting other Distance Learning Centers. Green Growth is a globally relevant approach to sustainable economic growth.  Expert speakers from Japan, China and Korea will update and share knowledge about each country’s Green Growth policy formation and its implementation process to date. They will also take part in a regional dialogue to further disseminate the concept of Green Growth and to analysis and discuss relevant issues within Asia and beyond. 

The Green Growth seminars will be co-hosted by 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 videoconferencing system.

 

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8th Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT 8)

A Blended Distance Learning Course

December 2011 - April 2012

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Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)  are pleased to announce the 8th delivery of the Microfinance Training of Trainers course (MFTOT8) from December 2011 to April 2012.

MFTOT8 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 is now available at MFTOT 8 course website (http://mftot.jointokyo.org).

Registration has been closed.

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

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Vietnam Nurse Training Course

1. Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Program

October- December 2011

The Tokyo Development Learning Center, (TDLC), Vietnam Development Information Center (VDIC) and AHP Network will be starting a new blended learning program “Vietnam Nurse Training Course”. This course will focus on three subjects; ‘Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing’, ‘Elderly Nursing’ and ‘Home Care Nursing’. It aims to improve the nursing education and training system in Vietnam, and also to grow the capacity of the overall health sector in Vietnam through innovative learning program design and methods. The course will develop understanding and practical skill of Vietnamese nursing trainers and practitioner nurses in specific subjects that are not part of the standard nurse education curriculum in Vietnam. Target participants are nurse trainers and practitioner nurses at the trainer’s level in hospitals in Hanoi and Danang, and participants will receive a program participation certificate upon completing the program.

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International Labour Organization (ILO) / Aoyama Gakuin University / TDLC Lecture series (4)

(Thursday) October 20, 2010
(Thursday) November 10, 2010
(Thursday) November 17, 2010
(Thursday) December 22, 2010

All lectures (JST):
Doors open: 17:30
Lecture: 18:00 to 20:00

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Meriem Gray—World Bank

The International Labour Organization (ILO), Aoyama Gakuin University and the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will host a 2011 lecture series. This year’s lecture series will be focusing on ILO’s decent work activities from ILO’s Better Work Project to Social security trends. Lectures will be given by experts and specialists from ILO headquarters and the ILO Asia Pacific office via videoconference.

Come participate in one of the rare opportunities to be able to ask questions of the specialists who are actively involved in labor issues in ILO Bangkok regional office or ILO headquarters in Geneva.

We look forward to your participation.

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World Bank East Asia and Pacific Region Flagship Report Seminar

Putting Higher Education to Work – Skills and Research for Growth in East Asia

Date: Thursday, October 13th 2011
Time: 14:30- 16:30 (JST)

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The World Bank East Asia and Pacific Region is pleased to announce the launch of our regional flagship report on higher education in East Asia. The report Putting Higher Education to Work -  Skills and Research for Growth in East Asia focuses on how higher education can be improved to contribute to East Asia’s growth agenda, and the role of public policy in this process.

The World Bank East Asia and Pacific in collaboration with Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC) are hosting a report launch seminar to disseminate the findings of the report using video-conferencing system, and connecting 10 countries in the region. This launch seminar will provide valuable information to policy makers, researchers and practitioners in the field.

Advance registration required (first-come-first-served).

Deadline: October 7th, 2011

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Economic Environment Assessment of Credit Rating for Banking Sector

VC seminar organized by AFDC, co-sponsored by TDLC, WB, Sri Lanka DLC and KDI School

Date: Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Time: 10:30-13:00 (JST)

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Roxana Bravo—World Bank

In accordance with Basel Accord, strengthened credit rating and risk management systems have been required to be built in commercial banks. Macroeconomic environment assessment plays a very important role in these systems. In the post-crisis world, all countries have to tackle increasingly complex issues in the international and domestic economic environment. In particular, commercial banks face a great challenge in the assessment field.

Many countries have put forward a series of measures to improve their financial supervision and credit rating systems, especially the credit rating system in commercial banks. The Chinese government has paid much attention to implementing the Basel Accord and improving risk management systems in its commercial banks. It is important for each country to share new approaches and experience in macroeconomic environment assessment field, and by doing so, to promote financial system stabilization.

In order to promote experience-sharing on economic environment assessment for credit rating in commercial banks, the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC) in collaboration with the World Bank, Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), Sri Lanka Distance Learning Center and Korean Development Institute (KDI) School will hold a half-day VC seminar, to tackle the challenges in economic environment assessment in commercial banks in the post-crisis world.

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Global 4 Dimensions Water Cycle Management Seminar

VC seminar

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Time: 15:00-17:00 (JST)

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Water Cycle Simulation of Sri Lanka

The World Bank East Asia and Pacific Region, the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), Foundation for Riverfront Improvement and Restoration and Tokyo Development Learning Center, are hosting the Global 4 Dimensions Water Cycle Management Seminar- connecting with China, Indonesia, Madagascar, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Japan via videoconferencing system.

Global 4 Dimensions Water Cycle Management is a system that simulate past, present and future water cycle systems and visualizes the result with easy-to-understand graphics. It provides county based information on water that helps policy makers when drawing up and executing strategic action plans. This system is the world’s latest cutting-edge water cycle and water resource management technology and was originated in Japan. Even countries with insufficient funds and access to basic water cycle data information can visualize their nationwide water circulation system by using satellite systems at low cost. It is expected to be the powerful tool in policy making of water cycle and water resource management.

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Modernization of Hydrometeorological Services and Early Warning Systems

Session 3: Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2011 Series

Thursday, July 28, 2011, Time: 10:00-13:00 (JST)

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Yuri Mechitov—World Bank

Major advances in observation, analysis and prediction of high-impact weather and climate events have been achieved by some countries and are available to all. Effective Early Warning Systems (EWS) building on such information have substantially reduced deaths and injuries from severe weather events. National Meteorological Systems in many developing countries lack the capacity to access recent scientific and technical advances. Such agencies have limited observation networks, little experience in using numerical weather prediction, few opportunities for training, and have recurrent difficulty retaining their best-qualified staff. These circumstances weaken service delivery. The poor weather information services provided in these countries often make early warnings impossible, and lack of warning in turn leads to economic damage and loss of life that could have been avoided.

The objective of this session is to share knowledge and experiences on hydromet modernization initiatives for developing countries.

Partners

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2011 Series

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Scaling-up and Integration of Community Knowledge into Disaster Risk Reduction

Session 2: Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2011 Series

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Time: 15:00-18:00 (JST)

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Simone D. McCourtie—World Bank

Communities are a reservoir of collective wisdom for disaster risk reduction. Such wisdom and community practices, though some are lost, have been transferred over many years. The community is the key actor and primary beneficiary; they can make best judgment of their own vulnerability by use of own resources. Over the last couple of decades, it has become apparent that top-down approaches to disaster risk management alone fail to address the specific local needs of vulnerable communities. Given this fact, it has also become clear that there is a strong need to recognize the potential community knowledge and actions and to shift to a bottom-up approach that uses appropriate community practices as the base for policy formulation.

This session will highlight various innovative community practices to draw lessons from for how to advocate for and apply principles of community engagement in disaster risk reduction across different countries and levels of society. It will also provide participants with opportunities to discuss about bottom-up approaches linking up with national and international level to address the complexity of community’s vulnerability issues.

Partners

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2011 Series

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Making Women’s Voices Count in Disaster Risk Reduction Programs

Session 1: Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2011 Series

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Time: 11:00-14:00 (JST)

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Scott Wallace—World Bank

Women and men’s different needs, roles and opportunities put women and men differently at risk from disasters and influences emergency management strategies. Women and men experience disaster impacts differently in health, safety, community support, and resource needs at the household and community levels. It is therefore important that women’s and men’s particular vulnerabilities and needs are assessed and taken into consideration into Disaster Risk Management (DRM) strategies.

This session will provide participants with an understanding of the key findings and tools for taking into account women and men’s particular needs, roles and opportunities into DRM programs and share lessons learnt on how gender dimension can be incorporated in a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and recovery programs.

Partners

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2011 Series

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Briefing session on the agenda at the International Labour Conference, 100th Session, 2011

ILO Office for Japan: "Social security for social justice and a fair globalization"

May 18 2011, 18:00-19:30 (JST)

Under the UN’s initiative of “Social Protection Floor,” International Labour Organization (ILO) and World Health Organization (WHO) are leading organizations to secure and promote social protection.  Social protection is one of the main strategic objectives of ILO’s Decent Work Agenda. 

At International Labour Conference, 100th Session 2011 which will be held from 1 to 17 June, Social Protection (social security) is one of the technical agenda.  Together with this opportunity, ILO Office for Japan will hold a briefing session on the social security through video conference facility. 

Ms. Christina Behrendit, ILO Social Security Specialist with Social Security Department will explain the report to the Conference and discussion points from Geneva, followed by Questions and Answers from the floor in Tokyo.  We look forward to your participation.
* English-Japanese consecutive interpretation is provided.

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Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2011 Series

Beginning in June 2011 and continuing through the year

As part of the EAP Sector Management Unit Initiatives, which is a program promoting outreach and knowledge-sharing, the East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management (DRM) team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), is supporting Disaster Risk Management Distance Learning Seminar Series for EAP client countries to build capacity and increase knowledge of all professionals who will be involved in DRM activities as well as to help them drive the agenda for DRM activities in their respective countries and empower local partners.

Partners

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Restructuring the Economy toward a Green Energy Saving Economy

Distance Learning Seminar Series

May 17, 2011, 10:30-13:00 (JST)

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Dana Smillie—World Bank


Responding to an increasing global demand towards Green & Energy Saving Economy, the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC) in China,  in collaboration with the Vietnam Development Information Center (VDIC), the Institute of Financial Training in Vietnam, The World Bank and Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) in Japan are pleased to announce a distance seminar, “Restructuring the Economy toward a Green Energy Saving Economy” on May 17, 2011.

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Fourth Blended Learning Program to Train Mother and Child Health Care Specialists in Mongolia

Happy Mothers, Happy Children

March 11, 2011

imageTokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), Kitasato University and Mongolia Nurses Association delivered the fourth blended learning program to train nurses and other health care specialists in Mongolia on March 11, 2011.  This half-day program was delivered to over 670 participants at 3 sites in Ulaan Bataar and 3 rural locations in Mongolia to TDLC.

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

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Session 6:  Open-source risk vs. Proprietary risk models

Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2010 Distance Learning Seminar Series

March 2, 2011 Time: 11:00-14:00 (JST)

This session will provide participants with an understanding on the concepts of open-source risk and proprietary risk models on catastrophe hazards and vulnerability to measure economic losses attributed to natural disasters. It also aims to impart pros and cons of these models in assessing cat risks and discuss issues of challenge in applying these models to local context.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 Series

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Tourism Exchange for South Pacific Islands

2-day seminar

February 22nd, 2011 Time: 9:10-15:50 (JST)
February 23rd, 2011 Time: 12:10-15:20 (JST)


Carl Gustav—World Bank

 

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Asia Pacific Tourism Exchange Center (APTEC) and Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), are jointly hosting a 2-day seminar ‘Tourism Exchange of South Pacific Islands’. 5 countries will be connected via Video Conferencing- Indonesia, Fiji, Maldives, Timor-Leste and Japan to discuss and promote ideas and approaches for sustainable tourism. The purpose for this seminar is to improve the tourism sector, as well as developing the tourism relationship between participating countries and Japan. Advance registration required (first-come-first-served).

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Science and Policy of Climate Change

A Blended Distance Learning Course

April 8 – June 8, 2011

Responding to increasing global concerns on global warming and climate change, the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC) are pleased to announce the Blended Distance Learning “Science and Policy of Climate Change” on April 8 – June 8, 2011. The course targets graduate students, development practitioners, policy makers, business persons, and mid-level professionals in the Asia Pacific region, capturing the Science of Climate Change (Module 1), Impacts of Climate Change (Module 2), Coping with Climate Change (Module 3) and Action and Political Economy (Module 4).

Registration for this course has been closed.

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Session 5: Urban Flood Risk Management: Experiences of Cities

Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2010 Distance Learning Seminar Series

December 15, 18:00-21:00 (JST)

Urban flooding poses a significant hazard and causes damage on infrastructure and the economy in cities. Urban poor populations are likely to be the hardest hit. Cities have tackled with it but there are still challenges in cities that have different characteristics.
The overall objective of this session is to disseminate good practice and approaches to flood and drainage management, and address issues and challenges of urban flooding prevention.  In this session, speakers from Senegal and Vietnam will be invited that would be a good opportunity for cross-regional knowledge exchange on urban flooding and drainage.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 Series

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Session 4: It Is Not Too Late: Preparing for East Asia’s Next Big Earthquake

Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2010 Distance Learning Seminar Series

October 25, 14:30-17:30 (JST)

The overall objective of this session is impart knowledge on reducing earthquake risk through promotion of safer construction, dissemination of good practice for new and existing infrastructure, and increasing the level of preparedness.
In this session, Peter Yanev, Senior Earthquake Specialist, Yanev Associates and Senior Consultant to the World Bank, one of the world’s top seismologists, to do a policy-note on preparing for East Asia’s next big earthquake. We will release the note during the upcoming Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR in Korea. Yanev is collaborating with local one local expert in China, Philippines and Indonesia. Another top seismologist , Professor T. C. Pan, Dean of NTU’s College of Engineering and Director of the Protective Technology Research Center, will speak on various aspects of seismic vulnerability reduction. 

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 Series

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

ILO / Aoyama Gakuin University / TDLC

October- December 2010

International Labour Organization (ILO), Aoyama Gakuin University and The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will host a lecture series on “Asian Decent Work Agenda under Global Job Crisis”.  The lecture series consists of 6 sessions, featuring experts and specialists from ILO headquarters (Geneva), ILO Asia Pacific (Bangkok), the ILO Office in Japan, and various Japanese experts as speakers. This series will address ILO’s decent work activities as well as local activities in Japan via videoconference.

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Microfinance Training of Trainers Course 7 (MFTOT 7)

A Blended Distance Learning Course

December 2010 - April 2011

The Microfinance The ADBI and TDLC are pleased to announce the seventh delivery of the Microfinance Training of Trainers course (MFTOT7) from December 2010 to April 2011.

The Microfinance Training of Trainers Course (MFT0T), first organized in February 2005, is a unique program that aims to enhance the knowledge of microfinance practitioners so that they may help to strengthen the institutional capacity of microfinance service providers in the Asia Pacific region. This course has received high rating from participants and become popular in many countries. Two types of certificate will be available for participants depending on their learning objectives, level of commitment and performance.

Organizers
The Asian Development Bank Institute(ADBI)
The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)

Our thanks to the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) for contributing their CD-ROM and textbook to the Course.

Registration for this course has been closed.

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

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Microinsurance and its application in disaster risk management programs

Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2010 Distance Learning Seminar Series 

September 16, 2010 13:00-16:00 (JST)

The poor, with their limited assets and resources, are often excluded from formal insurance instruments. In many developing countries, the poor have resorted to other instruments – credits, grain banks, remittances, savings, etc – to tide them over during times of hardship. Microinsurance is thus seen as an effective instrument to protect the poor from the increasing impacts of disasters. It is flexible enough to suit the particular needs of the clients and to accommodate non-traditional institutional arrangements.
This session will highlight the various innovations on the application of microinsurance in DRM and the experiences and insights of practitioners.

Partners

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 Series

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Conducting multi-hazard risk assessments

Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2010 Distance Learning Seminar Series

June 30 (Wed), 2010, 13:00-16:00 (JST)

The Risk Assessment shows the likelihood of an extreme hazard event and its impacts to vulnerable communities.  Disaster risk is a function of the characteristics and frequency of hazards experienced in a specified location, the nature of the elements at risk, and their inherent degree of vulnerability or resilience (which can include capacity). Effective risk reduction requires a multi-hazard risk assessment in order to determine which areas are at highest risk of experiencing a disaster and why, so that appropriate and cost-effective mitigation measures can be identified, adopted, and implemented. This session will also incorporate discussion on the effects and implications of climate change.

Partners

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 Series

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Third Blended Learning Program to Train Mother and Child Health Care Specialists in Mongolia

April 15, 2010

TDLC, WHO, Kitasato University and Mongolia Nurses Association will deliver the third blended learning program on Training of Mother and Child Health Care Specialists in Mongolia on April 15, 2010.  The third distance learning program will focus on emergency obstetrics and neonatal care and is expecting to be delivered to over 450 participants at 6 sites in Ulaan Bataar and other rural locations in Mongolia.

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

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Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 Series

Beginning April 1st, 2010 and continuing through the year

Natural disasters are a main source of risk for the poor, present a serious obstacle to achieving sustainable social and economic development. Disasters affect the poor most severely thus, measures taken to manage hazards and reduce their impact provide an effective vehicle to make substantial advances in fight against poverty. The countries of East Asia and the Pacific are among the most vulnerable in the world to effects caused by disasters.

Partners

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Capacity Building for Climate & Disaster Resilience

program duration: February - April 2010
City-level implementation and monitoring will continue for years after formal program completion


Disaster in Mumbai, India Photo courtesy of CITYNET

Climate change is happening.

The Asia Pacific has experienced repeated destruction and loss of lives due to climate-induced and hydro-meteorological disasters. To avoid being struck unprepared, appropriate measures need to be taken.

This capacity-building program helps local governments manage current and potential risks,

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Training Course for Teachers

Instructional Design for Theme-based Sharing and Project-based Learning

To complement its Kids & Youth Initiative for better multicultural understanding among young people, TDLC is organizing a videoconference-based training course for teachers.

The Teachers’ Training Course is full of tips on how to organize effective videoconference sessions. It is specifically designed for elementary and junior high school teachers, instructors, and specialists involved in cross-cultural education.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Kids & Youth Initative Programs

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Kids & Youth Initative Programs

“Globalism” is a key word in our world today. As the world becomes a smaller place, our children’s lives are affected by changing need and diversification. The “Kids & Youth Initiative” was borne at such a time, to enhance multicultural awareness among the younger generation, in whose hands lie our future.

Through the use of videoconferencing and the latest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) learning methods, the program aims to broaden the scope of their knowledge and understanding of different cultures. The Kids & Youth Initiative seeks to create opportunity for opinion exchange on topics of common interest across cultures.

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Public Seminar “The Social Economy in Africa”

November 25, 2009
3:00 to 6:00pm (Japan Standard Time)


Curt Carnemark/World Bank

On November 25, 2009, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will hold a joint public seminar on the social economy in Africa. Addis Abeba will be linked with TDLC by video connection for expert presentations, panel discussions, and a Q&A session.

Participation is free of charge; please register in advance to attend.

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

Session 1: Strategies to Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates

November 18, 2009 (Wed) 6:00-8:00pm (Japan Standard Time)


Tran Thi Hoa/The World Bank

Kitasato University School of Nursing, World Health Organization (WHO), and Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will jontly host a series of video conferences on safe motherhood and reproductive health issues from November 2009 through spring 2010.

The first session is set for 6:00-8:00pm (JST) November 18, 2009. Dr. Monir Islam of the World Health Organization’s Department of Making Pregnancy Safer (MPS) will address issues on strategies for reducing maternal mortality rates.

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“Orphan Meets Artist” Cambodia/Tokyo Workshop Coming Up in November ‘09—Join Us!

"Hanbun Hanbun/Pakondal" Cambodian HIV/AIDS Orphans Meet Japanese Artists

Videoconference Workshop Connecting Japan and Cambodia
1. Nov 8 (Sun) 10:30-13:30 
2. Nov 15 (Sun) 10:30-13:30
Seminar and Workshop (Tokyo Venue Only)
3. Nov 22 (Sun) 13:30‐16:30 

What can be done for orphans in developing countries through art? Based on this thought, a program was launched in June 2008: “Orphan Meets Artist”. AIDS orphans in Uganda “met” Japanese modern artist Tatsuo Miyajima at an art workshop, and the program was wrapped up with a symposium in Tokyo this summer.

A second workshop event is soon beginning, in November 2009. AIDS orphans in Cambodia will be connected with artists in Japan and Cambodia at two videoconference workshops.

The event is made possible through the cooperation of the Institute of Contemporary Arts and International Cultural Exchange, or Tokyo Wonder Site, and TASK, a Cambodian NGO working for better quality of life for the poor. The workshop has been created from scratch by workshop instructors, animation artist Chikara Matsumoto and artist Daisuke Nagaoka.

At the third session, taking place in Tokyo only, the artwork created by the Cambodian orphans will be used to make flip books, which will later be sent to the children as presents.

Please take part if you’re interested!

Read on for further details…

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Orphan Meets Artist

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CITYNET Yokohama Congress 2009 Kicks Off

September 10, 2009

CITYNET, an international network connecting over 100 cities and organizations, officially opened CITYNET Yokohama Congress 2009 on Tuesday in Yokohama, currently celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of its port.

Participants assembled from various parts of the Asia Pacific region and beyond at the waterfront Pacifico Yokohama convention complex, southwest of Tokyo. Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, also CITYNET President, welcomed attendants to the opening session, followed by remarks from CITYNET First Vice President, Mumbai Mayor Shubha Raul and Bangkok Deputy Governor and CITYNET Second Vice President Chirakit Prakob as the four-day event kicked off.

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UNWTO Educational Seminar on Tourism Development in Mekong-Triangle Countries Started

August 18, 2009


Pedicab driver talks with foreigners on a Hanoi street August 12 2009. Photo courtesy of APTEC

The Mekong Delta boasts a rich history, culture, and precious natural environment. To help develop sustainable tourism in the region, a two-day video conference seminar was held August 18-19, 2009, connecting Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and TDLC.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Announcement: UNWTO Educational Seminar on Tourism Development in Mekong-Triangle Countries

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Announcement: UNWTO Educational Seminar on Tourism Development in Mekong-Triangle Countries

18-19 August 2009

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Asia-Pacific Tourism Exchange Center (APTEC) and the TDLC will co-organize the Seminar on Tourism Development in Mekong-Triangle Country on the theme of “Sustainable Tourism Development in Mekong River Basin Countries and Eliminating Poverty through the Tourism Promotion” for representatives from both public and private tourism-related sectors in these countries. 

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific Session 5

Community-based Disaster Risk Management

June 26, 2009 16:00-19:00 (Japan time)

The World Bank East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), has started a learning and knowledge sharing seminar series on post-disaster recovery planning, risk financing, and disaster risk management from December 2008. Session 5 was held on June 26 2009 with focus on community-based disaster risk management.

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

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Regulation and Deregulation of the Financial System

June 16, 2009 (Tue) 10:00 – 13:00 (JST)

Asia-Pacific economies and their different financial regulatory systems have been impacted in different ways by the ongoing global financial crisis.

This seminar aims to share knowledge and experience from the Asia-Pacific, with its diverse policies and practices in financial regulation and deregulation providing sound bases for comparison and analyses.

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SME Financing in the Asia-Pacific Region: Crisis and Countermeasures

June 8-10, 2009 10:00-17:30 (JST)
(open house throughout sessions)

This workshop/video conference event aims to help the audience to:

  1. understand new trends and key challenges of SME financing in the Asia-Pacific region
  2. define the role of government in SME financing
  3. understand the institutional innovation of financial institutions, innovations in financial products and services to promote SME financing
  4. understand trade financing and equity financing for SMEs
  5. explore possible solutions in promoting SME financing
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Symposium “Uganda AIDS Orphans Meets Artist”

July 11, 2009 13:30-17:00

As part of the ” Orphan Meets Artist/ Artist Meets Orphan” program, we are coming to a final stage of activity 1 “Uganda’s AIDS Orphan Meets Artist Tatsuo Miyajima”.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Orphan Meets Artist

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SME Course 2

-Improving Manufacturing Productivity -

29th May - 2nd July, 2009

“Improving Manufacturing Productivity” is part of a capacity-building seminar series developed by Tokyo Development Learning Center for domestic businesses, especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Organized jointly with GDLN Distance Learning Centers, the seminars are aimed to support SMEs in today’s competitive global environment, to thrive and serve their communities as the engine of economic growth.

Content will be provided by the Central Japan Industries Association (ChuSanRen).

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see SME Course 1:

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific Session 4

Natural Disasters – Sharing Experiences for Reconstruction

April 28, 2009 16:00-19:00 (Japan time)


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The World Bank East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), has started a learning and knowledge sharing seminar series on post-disaster recovery planning, risk financing, and disaster risk management from December 2008. Session 4 was held on April 28 2009 with focus on housing and community reconstruction after natural disasters.

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

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TDLC Partner Programs: 11th CITYNET Japan Forum

Human Security & Disaster Management

Friday, 20th March, 2009, 14:00 – 16:20 (JST)

imageThe Eleventh CITYNET Japan Forum is organised to address the important issue of human security and disaster management. The Forum highlights the strategies and approaches of Mumbai City which has faced not only natural disasters, such as flooding, but also man-made disasters, such as security issues. Mr. Rajendra Vale from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) was invited to speak about what Mumbai has learned from the recent disasters and the City’s policy has changed. Dr. Rajib Shaw from Kyoto University whose expertise is on Disaster Management spoke about Japan’s experience on managing the disaster risks and its transferability.

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Second Blended Learning Program to Train Mother and Child Health Care Specialists in Mongolia

March 5 & 6, 2009

TDLC, Kitasato University and Mongolia Nurses Association delivered the second blended learning program to train Mother and Child Health care specialists in Mongolia on March 5 & 6, 2009.  This 2-day program was delivered to over 820 participants at 4 sites in Ulaan Bataar and other rural locations in Mongolia.

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

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific Session 3

Local Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Management: Climate Resilient Cities

March 6, 2009 11am - 2 pm (Japan time)

The World Bank East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), has started a learning and knowledge sharing seminar series on post-disaster recovery planning, risk financing, and disaster risk management from December 2008. Session 3 was held on March 6 2009 with focus on Local Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Management: Climate Resilient Cities.

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

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SME Course 1:

Introduction to Marketing

January 16 - February 13, 2009

Tokyo Development Learning Center offered a course “Introduction to Marketing” as a capacity building seminar series for domestic businesses, especially SMEs.  The course aimed to help SMEs grow in today’s competitive, global environment, enabling them to thrive and serve their communities as the engine of economic growth, provided by the Central Japan Industries Association (ChuSanRen). The course, consisting of 5 modules conducted over a 5-week period, covered marketing concept and strategy, as well as case studies of good practice from international and regional firms in Asian countries.

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific

6 sessions from December 2008 to June 2009

In collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management (DRM) team delivered a six-session learning and knowledge-sharing videoconference seminar series between December 2008 and June 2009. Connecting six countries in the region by videoconference, the series focused on post-disaster recovery planning, risk financing, and disaster risk management.

Session 1 was held on December 11, 2008 (Thursday), 11:00-14:00pm (Japan Standard Time).

View the session Streaming via Internet.  Session 2 will be held on February 11, 2009 (Wednesday), 16:00-19:00pm (JST).

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Growth and Integration of East Asia

December 8, 2008, Monday, 3:00pm-4:00pm (Tokyo time)

The World has been faced with unprecedented challenges and structural shifts in its international economy and finance landscape, so are domestic economies in most countries. How the economic growth in the East Asia is and will be affected by recent global economic difficulties? Would the East Asian integration be influenced, and, if so, how? What are the most salient issues in ASEAN, ASEAN+3, or ASEAN+6?

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World Heart Foundation International Symposium for Cardiac Care Teleconference Training Series

A project of the VinaCapital Foundation In partnership with the World Heart Foundation and the World Bank GDLN Centers

This is an ongoing series for specific dates and times please see the complete information on the GDLN Asia Pacific website as linked below.

This 11-session Series of international training conferences is to improve capacity for cardiac surgery in Vietnam and regional countries, including Indonesia, India, China and Bangladesh. The International Symposium for Cardiac Surgery allows doctors from all over Vietnam to congregate in GDLN centers in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, other Asian sites for a series of lectures by exemplary leaders in the field of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.  For recent updates on this program please visit the GDLN Asia Pacific website program page.

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OMA: How Artist’s Sensitivity Influence on Development Issues

November 27th(Thursday) 18:00-19:30 (JST), 2008

In this last session, we would like to look at the approach to development issues from the perspectives of the arts. We will have two speakers, one of the leading modern artists, Tatsuo Miyajima and young photographer who has great knowledge of the northern part of Uganda, the Gulu.  We will discuss how they can make use of their artistic sensitivity in addressing developing countries’ problems.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Orphan Meets Artist

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OMA: Japan’s Approach to Aids Orphans

November 20th (Thursday) 18:00-19:30 (JST), 2008

This will show one of the approaches from Japan to the HIV/AIDS orphan. We will have two speakers, Teruaki Kaku and Nobuhiko Ichimiya, University students and also staff from NGO PLAS, who are actively supporting the HIV/AIDS orphans. They will talk about how they have started their actions and their approaches to the problems of the HIV/AIDS orphans.
Half of the 90 minute session will be used for Q&A so we are looking forward to enjoying your active participation.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Orphan Meets Artist

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

November 13th (Thursday) 18:00-19:30 (JST), 2008

imageThis will be a talk session to know the realities of the HIV/AIDS orphans in Uganda. We will be linking to Uganda and Tokyo by video conference, having Hiroyasu Sato of ASHINAGA Uganda participating from Uganda and Nabukenia Ritah, an AIDS orphan from Uganda currently studying in Waseda University will participate from the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC). Out of 90 mins session, half of the 90 minute session will be used for Q&A so we will be waiting for your active participation.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Orphan Meets Artist

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Orphan Meets Artist

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Under the concept of “Fun Learning,” TDLC’s “Orphan Meets Artist” began in 2008, set to use videoconferencing and ICT to create artistic opportunity for orphans in developing countries.
This program provides a chance for children to experience the joy of expression, and to share through artistic experimentation and creative development. It aims to draw out and enrich their spirit.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Kids & Youth Initative Programs

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More Rice with System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

Workshop for International System for Rice Intensification (SRI) Network

October 28, 2008 10:00 - 13:30 (JST)

imageThe System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is a set of innovative agricultural practices and is attracting international attention because its methods increase the productivity of land and water, resulting in higher yields than traditional methods. The TDLC and NGO Zutto Sustainable held a “Workshop for International System for Rice Intensification (SRI) Network”, on October 28, 2008 by connecting Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan and the United States via the World Bank’s Global Development Learning Network. 

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CATALYSTS OF CHANGE: An Open Dialogue with the Legendary Leaders of Asia OVERVIEW

A New Initiative by the World Bank, GDLN and ASEAN

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The East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank, the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) Asia Pacific and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) are pleased to announce a unique program “Catalysts of Change: An Open Dialogue with the Legendary Leaders of Asia”, offering emerging young leaders in Asia an opportunity to learn from their seniors who laid the foundation for the region’s well renowned economic success. 

To accommodate the busy schedule of these leaders, sessions will be held as confirmed throughout 2008. Young leaders in both the public and private sectors from 13 countries in the Asia Pacific region (Indonesia, Cambodia, Japan, Sri Lanka, Laos, Singapore, Fiji, PNG, Vietnam, Mongolia, Australia, Thailand, Philippines) will be invited to participate, connecting via videoconference to view a development focused interview with these leaders via the GDLN. Following the interview, participants will have an opportunity engage with the speaker in a question and answer session.

A video archive of all sessions will be made available.

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CSR for Sustainable Business and Development

A World Bank Group-TDLC Seminar Series

March 2009

The challenges facing the world today – such as global warming, food crisis, and the rising price of natural resources – are changing the way companies do business. Increasingly, companies need to integrate their CSR (corporate social responsibility) activities into their core business strategy to remain competitive in a global economy. 

The TDLC and World Bank Institute jointly delivered, Seminar Series “CSR for Sustainable Business and Development” in September 2008. Focusing on case studies and intensive discussions, 5 sessions were conducted in total covering issues including BOP(bottom of the pyramid) market,  supply chain management and climate change.

The seminar is designed for executives and CSR division officials from the private sector, development agency officials, researchers and students, NPO representatives, etc. This is a fee-based program.

The session for Japan in Japanese started on September 17. For more information and registration, please visit Program Site.

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Today’s Inflation: Global Context and Local Solutions

A New World Bank/GDLN AP Seminar Series

Thursday, June 5, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008



This seminar will be repeated to 2 country groups over 2 days.
See complete listing for locations and times in each country.

imageAs inflation climbs to uncomfortable levels across East Asia, economic managers are faced with a new and traumatizing challenge: How can available management tools be deployed to address today’s inflation? What economic interventions can be used in a complementary manner to mitigate adverse effects on the welfare of low income and other specific groups?

These and other topical questions will be examined in “Today’s Inflation:  Global Context and Local Solutions”, the first in a series of distance learning seminars focusing on Economic Management offered by the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) Asia Pacific and organized with the support of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Download
Brochure (PDF)

View the webcast (archive).

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Are oil prices heading towards $150 or $50?

Oil Price Volatility, Economic Impacts and Risk Management in Asia

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A GDLN Blended Learning Program

What are the implications of high and volatile oil prices on the global economy? What are the policy options?

These issues will be discussed in a timely new GDLN blended learning program “Oil Price Volatility, Economic Impacts and Risk Management in Asia” offered by the TDLC and the World Bank Institute (WBI) in cooperation with the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). The session is based on the Global Finance Forum held in Washington DC in March 2008 organized by WBI and George Washington University.

Government officials, executives, analysts and practitioners in energy-related sectors are invited to the first videoconference session on June 4, 2008 connecting Tokyo, Bangkok, Beijing, Jakarta and Washington. This is a fee-based program.

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Happy Mothers, Happy Children

A New Blended Learning Program to Train Mother and Child Health Care Specialists in Mongolia

Session 1: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
9:30 - 17:30 (Mongolia time)
10:30 - 18:30 (Japan time)


Session 2: Thursday, May 22, 2008
9:30 - 17:30 (Mongolia time)
10:30 - 18:30 (Japan time)


View the archived webcast.

imageThe TDLC and Kitasato University have teamed up to launch an ambitious blended learning program to train mother and child health care specialists in Mongolia.

Working with the Mongolian Nursing Association, local practitioners will participate in lectures via GDLN videoconference, fieldwork, and create a new textbook based on course material to meet local needs. A Mongolian version of the mother and child handbooks that are popularly used in Japan will also be created for public use.

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Addressing the Special Challenges of Fragile and Conflict-affected Situations

A World Bank Public Seminar

Thursday, March 13, 2008 16:00 - 17:30

Keynote speaker: Ms. Sarah Cliffe, Director for Strategy and Operations, East Asia and Pacific Region, The World Bank.

Professor Juichi Inada of Senshu University and other Japanese specialists in this field will also share their perspectives. 

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Kids Initiative

Education for Mutlicultural Understanding Through ICT
Communicate with Kids in Different Countries by Videoconference!

With the advancement of globalization, it is becoming increasingly important for children to deepen their awareness of different cultures and global issues.
TDLC is proud to offer its “Kids & Youth Initiative” to help to promote multicultural exchange among the younger generation.

Supported by the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), the distance learning network of the World Bank, the program nurtures cross-cultural exchange between children in different countries and regions, through videoconferencing and ICT.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Kids & Youth Initative Programs

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Brick by Brick - The Building of an ASEAN Economic Community

Invitation to ASEAN, AusAid Book Launch Seminar via GDLN Videoconference

December 11, 2007 13:00 - 15:00 (JST)

imageAs ASEAN heads toward the establishment of an Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, a new book “Brick by Brick The Building of an ASEAN Economic Community” which brings together authoritative studies on key issues and challenges will be launched on December 11, 2007 via a videoconference seminar sponsored by The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) and The ASEAN Secretariat.

Brick by Brick Book Launch Program (PDF)

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Invitation: East Asian Renaissance Roadshow

Seminar at TDLC with Lead Authors of New World Bank Report

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Tokyo time)
@ Tokyo Development Learning Center

The first comprehensive analysis of the region since ”The East Asian Miracle” in 1993, the World Bank will soon launch a new report "An East Asian Renaissance: Ideas for Economic Growth". Lead authors Dr. Homi Kharas and Dr. Indermit Gill will present their findings at a seminar hosted by the TDLC.

Registeration required. Please see full story.

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Microfinance Training of Trainers Course (MFTOT)

A Blended Distance Learning Course

July - October 2009

Introducing first VC Session for 6th courseThe Microfinance Training of Trainers Course is a unique blended learning program which incorporates CD-ROMs, web-based discussion and videoconference. Since 2005, 335 “graduates” from 36 countries have been accredited as certified microfinance distance learning course trainers.

Localization efforts are underway in many countries, and course materials have been translated into Chinese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Mongolian and Indonesian to increase accessibility.

Download the MFTOT6 brochure.pdf.

MFTOT incorporates Moodle as its learning management system. For more information, see http://mftot.jointokyo.org/.

 

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Successful Road Management

A New World Bank/GDLN Distance Learning Seminar

April 24, 2007, Tuesday
11:00-14:15(session 1), 15:45-19:00(session 2)

Photo representing Road Management StoryMost road agencies use road management systems to effectively manage their transport infrastructure. The World Bank has recently undertaken two international projects to help agencies to improve the effectiveness of their road management. This inter-regional distance learning seminar, delivered via the GDLN, aims to to share the findings from these projects. The seminar will allow governments, consultants, technical agencies, academia and others interested in infrastructure management from around the world to interact with three specialists in the field.

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Learning Series “Scaling Up Poverty Reduction”

GDLN and JICA-Net Hold Joint Seminar with WBI

January 10th, 2007

This session, focusing on “Overview of Lessons from Scaling Up Successful Efforts to Reduce Poverty” was facilitated by the World Bank Institute and delivered to JICA offices in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyz. Based on a cooperation agreement between GDLN and JICA-Net, the TDLC is working with its counterpart to facilitate content exchange.

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Hitotsubashi University Asian Public Policy Program Reunion

Alumni Strengthen Network via GDLN

Since 2006

Hitotsubashi University’s Asian Public Policy Program (APPP) has been using the GDLN to forge ties among alumni across Asia. In a virtual reunion, current master degree students, PhD candidates and faculty at the TDLC are joined by alumni in Beijing, Manila, Jakarta, Hanoi and other locations to discuss recent policy issues in Asia.

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ASEAN and TDLC Launch New Learning Program Series

Members Discuss Rural Poverty Reduction and Development

July 28th, 2005

Policy makers, community leaders and NGO members will tackle issues such as targeting poverty groups, defining poverty and appropriate use of funds through the newly launched “ASEAN-World Bank TDLC Learning Program on Rural Poverty Reduction and Development”. The series follows up on various joint activities carried out by ASEAN and the World Bank to “mainstream” social development into the national development agenda. Scheduled to run from July 2005 until April 2006, it will cover 3 themes chosen in response to learning needs identified by ASEAN members: (1) Community Driven Development, (2) Understanding Poverty from a Holistic View, and (3) Analysis, Transparency and Accountability/Impact Assessment of Poverty Reduction Programs.

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TDLC Participates in Launch of International Recovery Platform

Enhancing knowldge sharing and policy dialogue in tsunami response and disaster management

May 13th, 2005

The International Recovery Platform (IRP) was launched at the International Seminar on Recovery in Kobe from May 11 to 13.


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