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Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) Learning Program

Monday, August 29th, 2011

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center

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A new pilot learning program introducing the Bank’s Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) was jointly organized by Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), World Bank (WB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The program was developed based on the partnership between the WB and JICA and particularly targeted JICA staff members to help them build their understanding of the fundamentals of country-based programming by sharing Bank’s experiences in CAS.

JICA has intended to strengthen its country-based approach for increased development impact and results. A Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) is a customized business plan of the World Bank Group (WBG) at the country level for reviewing and guiding the country-based programs for the next four years and, ultimately, judging the impact of its work. The CAS is built with four main building blocks: country’s development vision, diagnosis of its development challenges, development results to be influenced by the Bank, and an indicative program of Bank lending and non-lending activities.

This pilot learning program consisted of two distance lectures and on-line learning modules; these learning contents were provided by the Operations Policy and Country Services Unit of the Bank. In addition, the task team leader of the CAS Philippines also shared her own challenges and successes in working on CAS.  The program has received a high degree of positive feedback from participants who joined via videoconferencing from Tokyo, Colombo, Manila, and Washington DC.