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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.


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

Seminar 1: Global Trade Facilitation-Trends and Challenges

April 9, 2014
10:30 -13:00 (CST)
11:30 -14:00 (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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Suicide Prevention: How to Address One Million Deaths a Year: Toward the World Suicide Report


To respond to the neglected but important global priority, WHO will launch the first-ever World Suicide Report. As part of the process, international experts get together in Tokyo to discuss variety of aspects of suicide. Taking this opportunity, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center together with the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health in collaboration with the University of Tokyo presents the distance seminar to highlight key statistics, and an evidence-based solution which have been found in the development process of the report.

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Disability and Development Seminar Series

The World Bank - United Nations - UNU/IIGH

December 3, 2013

More than one billion people, about 15% of the world’s populations, live with some form of disability. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without realizing disability-inclusive development, recognizing persons with disabilities as both agents/contributors and beneficiaries of development. Persons with disabilities face stigma, discrimination, inequality and barriers in accessing services and information. The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (WBTDLC), as a key knowledge hub of the East Asia and Pacific region of the World Bank, together with the WB Social Protection & Labor unit (HDNSP), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), UN, and the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU/IIGH), a think-tank within the UN, launched a new knowledge program “Disability and Development Seminar Series.” The program aims to provide timely updates, capacity building and a platform for communication and collaboration on key issues in disability and development.

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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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