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TDLC’s leading contribution at GDLN Asia Pacific regional meeting in Manila

Monday, March 15th, 2010

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center

A regional meeting of the Global Development Learning Network Asia Pacific hosted by Asian Institute of Management (AIM) was held on February 22 to 26 in Manila. Sessions covered global network governance, regional and global technology options, expansion of GDLN product and services, and business models and funding mechanisms.

local participants at the regional meeting - Giovanni Candelaria / AIM

The meeting opened on February 22 with a welcome address by Regional GDLN Coordinator, East Asia & Pacific, World Bank, Philip Karp and Managing Director, AIM-DevSource, Henry Grageda. The opening was followed by updates by Karp and Steffen Soulejman Janus, Head of the Global Secretariat, GDLN, World Bank Institute on GDLN’s global agenda and the Asia Pacific.

TDLC was represented at the Manila gathering by Manager Ryu Fukui, Deputy Manager Lucy King, Program Coordinator Eiko Wataya, and Technical Operations Officer Iain Mitchell, as well as Web and Media Developer Bob McDonald who participated from Tokyo via video conference connection. TDLC had also extended an invitation to the event to Asia Pacific University, Vice President (Research Affairs), Prof. Malcolm Cooper. The meeting was also attended by representatives of ASEAN as guests of the GDLN AP secretariat.

At the technology session on day one, Mitchell gave an update outlining TDLC’s implementation of a regional MIS (Management Information System) and talked about TDLC’s function as a technology hub briefly providing a first year review, giving updates on TDLC’s progress toward its goal of connecting 80% of the videoconferences happening in the region and highlighting improvements to the service in recent months.  Mitchell also cited challenges, opportunities, and new ideas for future development and solicited feedback from customers of the hub service. 

Iain Mitchell presents on TDLC’s regional hub service - Giovanni Candelaria / AIM

On the second day of the session, Phil Karp introduced a theme; “Beyond Videoconferencing: Multimedia and the GDLN” at which McDonald, half of the TDLC’s multimedia team with Shunsuke Ishida, contributed on with a presentation on Multimedia at the TDLC stressing the importance of bringing together regional staff as well as the audience; improved efficiency and operational effectiveness; satisfying the audience; and making an effort to expand TDLC and GDLN’s outreach. These objectives were condensed into three key words: integrate, automate, and innovate.

A highly anticipated session on regional programs took place on the third day of the event.  At this session Eiko Wataya and Lucy King gave updates on programs on offer from the TDLC including Microfinance Training of Trainers, Small and Medium Enterprises, Strengthening Disaster Risk Management, Rapid Design of e-Learning Programs and Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

A breakout session was led by King for the new regional course ‘Rapid Design of e-Learning Programs’ course and also by Fukui, in conjunction with Yabashi (who gave a dynamic presentation via VC from Tokyo on nurses education programs) for healthcare related training courses.

An exciting new program that seeks to mitigate risks to cities induced by climate change was also introduced by Wataya called City Risk Profiles: Building Capacity for Climate & Disaster Resilience. Launched in 2008 by the collaboration with Kyoto University and other agencies, this program covers research, education, training and the development of city profiles to indicate existing levels of resilience.

TDLC actively prompted a wide range of discussion on mission critical technology issues through the week-long conference from the integration of technologies such as Management Information Systems (MIS), video conferencing bridging functions, multimedia services to other types of creative content management.

Fukui, in presentation and chairing on technology sessions, proposed that GDLN AP adopts a more integrated approach to link VC bridging functions, MIS, and MM/internet tools. While TDLC technology hub is already contributing to this integration in the region, it was proposed for this function role to be enhanced in coming months and years so that the value proposition of GDLN AP overall may be more efficient and effective with the outcome that the GDLN AP community as a whole provides more beneficial services and products to clients and users.  Participants unanimously agreed that the regional discussion on technology be activated in line with this proposal, and cooperation between regional and global governance is to be tighter and synchronized. Specific outcomes included a mandate for a workgroup to look at MIS technologies to move forward and for the activation of a regional group to focus on operational IT issues to be formed.

TDLC further contributed by conducting the technical hub operations for the week-long conference event ensuring that DLCs that were not able to attend could connect remotely and make active contributions. GDLN AP members were strongly encouraged to get involved in ongoing discussions related to the regional meeting and participate in an online discussion site set up for the purpose.