About Us


The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) program is a partnership of Government of Japan and the World Bank managed by the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice (SURR). TDLC’s mandate is to support and facilitates strategic WBG and client country collaboration with select Japanese cities, agencies and partners for joint research, knowledge exchange, capacity building and other activities that develop opportunities to link Japanese and global expertise with specific project-level engagements in developing countries to maximize development impact. The program is global in reach and thematically focused on urban planning, urban service provision, urban management, social development, disaster risk management, municipal finance. The mainstreaming of Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) is an emergent area of focus for TDLC.

TDLC also serves as a vehicle for the dissemination of development knowledge and activities with the Japanese public sector, private sector and public. Activities that favorably present the development efforts of Japan with the World Bank are encouraged by the donor. Particular emphasis on engaging directly with municipal officials in Japan to broaden stakeholder engagement has been a particular focus of this phase of the partnership.

Thematic Areas of Focus

At the beginning of the fiscal year 2016, TDLC undertook a demand survey, reaching out to Global Leads, Practice Managers and Program Leaders from SURR and other Global Practices s to identify possible areas of operational support within the thematic areas identified in this section. Results of the survey were reviewed with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) in order to confirm thematic areas of focus and provide a basis for development of work plans. The survey represented World Bank projects covering approximately 130 cities.  Based on this survey, six areas of high demand were selected, covering the following six areas:

  • Urban Planning: compact city development, land readjustment, land use planning, public space management, transit oriented development, urban mobility planning
  • Urban Service Provision: solid waste management, water supply management, sewage management, street lighting
  • Urban Management: metropolitan planning, ICT for municipal management, municipal organization structures, legal frameworks for urban/ municipal management, project planning and management
  • Social Development: accessibility, aging population
  • Disaster Risk Management: flood risk management, seismic risk management
  • Municipal Finance: financial management, revenue management, intergovernmental finance, local tax systems