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Toward Sustainable and Inclusive City Development

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New City Partnership Program

Wednesday, July 1, 4:30pm-6:00pm
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Introduction

The World Bank Group (WBG) and the Government of Japan have been collaborating since 2004 in delivering knowledge, learning and capacity building services through the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), drawing on expertise from various institutions and partners in Japan. TDLC will launch its new operational phase “Phase 3” on July 1, 2015, after completing the renovation of information and communications technology facilities. Key features of the Phase 3 will include closer links to and integration with WBG’s operational programs.

In recognition of the important role of cities as engines of economic growth and of the world-class and often unique experience offered by a number of Japanese cities, the World Bank plans to extend its collaboration through the TDLC partnership to the city and municipal level. Through a new City Partnership Program, the WBG will collaborate with selected cities in Japan to document and share good practices and solutions for sustainable and inclusive development. The WBG will also facilitate and support provision of advice and technical assistance, drawing on expertise from Japanese cities, to help its clients address challenges of inclusive and sustainable urban development.

You are cordially invited to a seminar at TDLC to learn about experiences from the WBG and Japan in delivering capacity building services and fostering partnerships to support economic and social development in low and middle income countries. The seminar will also provide an opportunity for sharing knowledge about the key policy, infrastructure and institutional/capacity building challenges facing cities in developing countries and on avenues for collaboration.

Date

Wednesday, July 1, 4:30pm-6:00pm

Time

4:30pm-6:00pm

Location

The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center

Presentation

Barjor Mehta, Global Lead on Municipal Management, Governance and Finance
Victor Vergara, Lead Urban Specialist

Speech

Yasusuke Tsukagoshi, Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group
Tadashi Yokoyama, Director of the Development Institutions Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance

Commentator

Shinichi Fukunaga, Director, International Affairs Office, General Affairs Division City Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Toshiyuki Iwama, Technical Advisor to the Director General, Infrastructure and Peacebuilding Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency

Moderator

Philip Karp, Principal Knowledge Management Officer

Language


English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

Registration

The event is free, but requires registration before the event.

To attend, please register online by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can register through the World Bank Tokyo website.
As seating is limited, registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

Inquiries

World Bank Tokyo Office
E-mail: ptokyo@worldbankgroup.org
Phone: 03-3597-6650

 

 

 

 

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Mental Health & Psychosocial Well-being after Disasters

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Sharing Global Updates & Experiences from Philippines

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Japan: 15:30-17:00 (Japan Time)
Philippines: 14:30-16:00 (Local time)






Introduction

During and after disasters, people experience mental and psychosocial distress, and this plays a key role in determining their quality of life, resilience and the success of their preparedness, recovery and ability to reconstruct.

Mental well-being and disability also have vast implications on mortality. In addition, economic loss due to problems related to mental well-being is far-reaching: Direct and indirect costs of mental illness exceed 4% of GDP.

Though, mental well-being and disability have long been neglected or forgotten in disaster risk reduction policies and programs, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 included mental health and psychosocial well-being as a key priority.

This distance knowledge sharing program will provide an opportunity to learn about global updates as well as experiences in the Philippines, through web/VC-based lectures and discussions.

Goals


To provide a knowledge sharing opportunity for policy makers and other change agents engaged in DRM and global health in Asia and the Pacific, to learn good practices and lessons learned related to mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings from experience in the Philippines and Japan.

This program is jointly organized by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, National Institute of Mental Health in Japan and the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH).

Target Audience

National and local government officials from ministries and agencies.
Policy makers, DRM stakeholders, among others.

Speakers

Dr. Dinah Nadera
President, Foundation for Advancing Wellness, Instruction and Talents, Inc. Associate Professor of International Health, University of the Philippines Open University Technical Officer for Mental Health,
WHO Philippines

Dr. Atsuro Tsutsumi
Coordinator
United Nations University International Institute for Global Health

Moderator

Takashi Izutsu
Senior Knowledge Management Officer,
World Bank Group

Language

English

Delivery of the Program

You can participate in the program at your nearest GDLN center.
It will be a 1.5 hours interactive session using video conference technology.
Session consists of presentations followed by Q & A and open discussion.
Lecture materials will be provided at the GDLN center.

How to Apply

Please submit your confirmation of participation to the designated local contact person at your nearest GDLN center.

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Sharing Good Practices on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

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A Knowledge Sharing Seminar: Cases from the World Bank and Japan

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
11:30 AM-1:30 PM (JST)






Cities in developing countries are growing at an unprecedented rate and scale. With rising incomes, cities will expand outward, following the trajectory of automobile-dependent urban development evident in developed countries, where such development is often accompanied by the negative impacts of sprawl such as traffic congestion and air pollution. Transit and land-use integration is one of the most promising means of reversing the negative trends of sprawl and placing cities in developing countries on a sustainable pathway.

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a major solution in promoting sustainable urban growth and development. Done well, TOD advances economic development, environmental sustainability, and -inclusive social development. The rapid growth of urban areas and increasing investment in urban transportation systems in the developing world presents a unique opportunity of TOD, including possible Land Value Capture to raise funds needed for transit investment.

The World Bank Group has been accumulating operational and advisory experience in TOD across country programs in Colombia, China, Indonesia, India, Brazil and Vietnam, among others. The Bank has also consolidated emerging global knowledge on TOD by publishing “Transforming Cities with Transit,” and “Financing Transit-Oriented Development with Land Values”.

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Transforming Cities with Transit

To undertake TOD, it is imperative that professionals with different disciplines (urban and transport planners, transport engineer, housing experts, financial experts, community development experts, etc.) work together, across institutional and organization boundaries. Cross-GP Community of Practice on Transit-Oriented Development was created to promote the aggregation, exchange, production, and dissemination of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) knowledge across the WBG as well as the Bank’s client governments and other external partners.

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Financing TOD with Land Values


To this end, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, the External and Corporate Relations (ECRJP), the Social, Urban Rural and Resilience (GSURR) and the Transport and ICT Global Practice (GTIDR) units of the World Bank will host a videoconference seminar on sharing good practices on Transit-Oriented Development on June 30, 2015 from 11:30-13:30 (JST).

In this seminar, drawing on the WBG’s experiences in East Asia and South Asia, the challenges of automobile driven urban development faced by client countries and their TOD endeavors to address these challenges, among others, will be discussed. Japan’s long history and experience in TOD and Land Value Captures, which have helped them to convert their cities into world class transit metropolises will also be shared in this session.

Joint Organizers:

The World Bank (GSURR/GTIDR/TDLC/ECRJP) and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the Government of Japan (GoJ)

Connecting sites:

Hanoi           9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Jakarta           9:30 AM-11:30 AM
New Delhi         8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Washington DC   Monday, June 29, 2015 10:30 PM-0:30AM

Opening Messages

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez
Senior Director
Global Practice on Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience, World Bank Group

Yasu Tsukagoshi
Special Representative
The World Bank Tokyo Office (ECRJP)

Takehiko Mori
Counsellor for Global Strategies
Minister’s Secretariat, MLIT

Speakers:

Takeo Murakami
Director for International Negotiations Management
Policy Bureau, MLIT

Hiroaki Suzuki
Lecturer
University of Tokyo

Taimur Samad
Senior Urban Economist,
Global Practice on Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience, World Bank Group

Closing Remarks

Barjor Mehta
Lead Urban Specialist
The World Bank, Social, Urban Rural and Resilience (GSURR)

Moderator:

Philip Karp 
Principal Knowledge Management Officer, GSURR, The World Bank

Pre-registration is required.
Please use the contact form below.

Webcast

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Resources

Transforming_Cities_with_Transit.pdf
Financing_TOD_with_Land_Values.pdf
Eco2Cities_E.pdf

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PFA Orientation: Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis 4

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Multi-country Orientation Videoconferences

June 19, 2015
Japan: 11:00-14:30
Korea: 11:00-14:30
Philippines: 10:00-13:30
Thailand: 9:00-12:30
Indonesia: 9:00-12:30

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In close partnership with WHO, together with United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will host a video conference session on Psychological First Aid (PFA) for health and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific.

TDLC will deliver an interactive learning opportunity for policy makers and other change agents engaged in DRM to learn the basics of PFA, raise awareness on the importance of integrating mental health and psychosocial perspectives in their respective DRM policies/programs, and develop capacity to provide safe support in crisis situation.


The orientation is structured as a 3.5 hour VC session.
It will cover the fundamentals of PFA, dos and don’ts, self-care techniques, interactive Q&As, role-plays, and open discussion.
A certificate of attendance will be provided at the end of the program.

Speakers:

Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO (video message)
Ms. Makiko Ishida, Assistant Professor, Teikyo University
Ms. Ryoko Ohtaki, Associate Researcher, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health, National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health
Takashi Izutsu, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, TDLC (moderator)

Participating Countries:

Indonesia
Japan
Korea
Philippines
Thailand

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World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

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Taking Action towards a Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and its Implementation

Sunday, 15 March 2015
10 AM to 5:00 PM

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Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, GSURR of WBG presents at WCDRR

    The World Bank Group will co-organize a public forum “Taking Action towards a Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and its Implementation” with the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) among other global partners.

    During the public forum, there will be discussions and concrete recommendations toward disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction (DiDRR) as a contribution to the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The outcome and future implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action II (HFA2) as an integral part of a post-2015 development agenda will also be discussed. A stocktaking, review and assessment of the effectiveness of existing DRR policies and programmes will be presented and the progress made and lessons learned for the advancement of DiDRR at local, national, regional and international levels will also be discussed.

    Location:

    Tohoku University, B200
    Sendai, Japan

    Program:

    Opening: An Overview of Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction: Challenges and Obstacles (10:00am-10:50am)

    The Opening segment will discuss the status of DiDRR in the context of the on-going work toward a post-2015 development framework. It will include an overview of the DiDRR framework and its progress, challenges and obstacles in disability-inclusion in disaster risk reduction, resilience and reconstruction at both policy and programme levels.

    Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief, SCRPD/DSPD/UNDESA
    Mr. Jerry Velasquez, Director, Advocacy and Outreach, UNISDR
    Mr. Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Global Practice on Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience, World Bank Group
    Mr. Kingo Toyoda, Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
    Mr. Futoshi Toba, Mayor of City of Rikuzentakata
    Mr. Desmond Swayne, Minister of State, Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom
    Mr. Katsunori Fujii: President, Japan Disability Forum
    Mr. Yasunobu Ishii, Nippon Foundation
    Senator Kerryann Ifill, Barbados
    Senator Paul Njoroge Ben Githuku, Kenya

    Session I: Experience and Lessons Related to the Advancement of Disaster Risk Reduction, Resilience and Reconstruction (10:50am-12:30pm)

    This session will consist of sharing experiences and lessons learned on the ground to advance DiDRR, in particular, the experience of the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami and DiDRR. This Session will be led by the Japan Disability Forum, in collaboration with DESA/DSPD and followed by an interactive discussion.

    Moderator: Ms. Miki Ebara, NHK World Editor-in-Chief

    Mr. Naoki Kurano: Japan Disability Forum/Japanese Federation of the Deaf
    Mr. Futoshi Toba, Mayor, City of Rikuzentakata
    Senator Monthian Buntan, Thailand
    Ms. Akiko Fukuda, Secretary-General, World Federation of the DeafBlind (Experience on the Ground)
    Ms. Marcie Roth, FEMA, USA
    Dr. Alex Camacho, Technical Secretary of Disability, Government of Ecuador

    Session II: Present and Future of DiDRR

    1. DiDRR policies, programme and implementation (1:30pm-3:00pm)

    This segment will discuss how to successfully advance DiDRR policies and their implementation in the global, regional, national and local contexts. The discussion will include good practices in removal of physical, social and cultural barriers to DiDRR as well as “emerging DiDRR issues”, such as mental health and mental well-being, social groups with increased vulnerabilities and promotion of the use of DiDRR technologies.

    Moderator: Dr. Takashi Izutsu, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, World Bank Group

    Vice Chancellor Professor Toshiya Ueki, Tohoku University
    Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura, Focal point for the Disability Caucus for DiDRR
    Prof. Norito Kawakami, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo
    Senator Kerryann Ifill, Barbados
    Mr. Adam Kosa, European Parliament
    Mr. Takashi Kubota, Deputy Mayor, City of Rikuzentakata
    Mr. Matthew Rodieck, Rehabilitation International
    Ms. Valerie Scherrer, CBM

    2. A Way Forward: steps toward realization of DiDRR (3:00pm-4:30pm)

    This segment will focus on “next steps” in preparation for the implementation of the HFA II. It will examine the role of governments, the UN system, organizations of persons with disabilities and other disability and civil society organizations, expert/academic communities, private foundations as well as the private sector and how they can go beyond “boundaries” to achieve the goal of disability-inclusion in disaster risk reduction, resilience and reconstruction. The discussion will also explore and take stock of ways and means to strengthen global/regional/national and local networks and build new partnerships for concrete results in implementing DiDRR.

    Moderator: Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura (Focal point for the Disability Caucus for DiDRR)

    Ms. Marcie Roth, FEMA, USA
    Mr. Ivars Nakurts, Latvian Presidency of the Council of European Union
    Senator Monthian Buntan, Thailand
    Senator Paul Njoroge Githuku, Kenya
    Dr. Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health
    Ms. Aiko Akiyama, UNESCAP
    Mr. Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director, International Disability Alliance

    Closing Session: Summary and Recommendations (4:30pm-5:00pm)

    The session will include a presentation of summaries of the preceding sessions as well as the recommendations for next steps to implement DiDRR in global, national, regional and local contexts.

    UNDESA
    Mr. Katsunori Fujii, Japan Disability Forum
    Mr. Yasunobu Ishii, Nippon Foundation

     

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    Foot and Mouth Disease and Disaster Risk Management

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    Resources:
    Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
    IASC_mental_health.pdf
    WHO-OIE Operational Framework
    WHO_OIE_Operational_Framework.pdf

    Lessons from Miyazaki

    February 20, 2015







    In recent years, the world has seen many animal infectious disease epidemics such as avian flu, H1N1, and BSE. Animal disease epidemics threaten not only animal lives, but also the environment, agriculture, the economy, food security, and human health and life. Some animal diseases have the potential to spread to the human population, potentially killing tens of thousands of people in a short period of time. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the global annual cost of foot and mouth disease in terms of production losses and the need for prevention by vaccination has been estimated at approximately 5 billion dollars.

    In April, 2010, Miyazaki prefecture experienced an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.  Foot and mouth disease commonly affects animals like cows and pigs, and is one of the most contagious animal diseases. By July of the same year, 292 cases had been identified, and 300,000 cows and pigs were slaughtered. Economic losses due to the epidemic were estimated at about 2 billion US dollars. Miyazaki successfully contained this disaster in about 4 months without the disease spreading outside of the prefecture.

    In this video, key stakeholders who responded to the epidemic such as national and municipal government officials, farmers, and academia share their good practices and lessons learned from Miyazaki. They conclude that the consequences of animal disease epidemics are inter-disciplinary and far-reaching. It is important to take an inter-sectoral coordinated approach when developing disaster preparedness plans for responding to animal disease epidemics.

    The experience from Miyazaki teaches us that the “One health” approach, strengthening partnerships between stakeholders in physical, mental, and animal health and its ecosystem interface is critical not only for controlling the emergence of animal infectious diseases, but also for protecting against and recovering from economic loss.  Taking such an approach around the globe is important to improve the well-being of animals, humans and society.

    Video created by:
    The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center
    United Nations University International Institute for Global Health
    National Center for Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan
    Rakuno Gakuen University
     
    Special thanks to:
    World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
    Miyazaki Prefectural Government

    Interviewees:

    Katsuya Iwasaki
    Head, Beef Division, Japan Agricultural Cooperatives, Osuzu

    Yoshinobu Hidaka
    President, Kyodo Farm

    Toshifumi Nishimoto
    Head, Animal Health Division, Miyazaki Prefectural Government

    Nobuyuki Marumoto
    Assistant Deputy Director, Miyakonojo Livestock Hygiene Service Center, Miyazaki Prefectural Government

    Kohei Makita
    Associate Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology, Rakuno Gakuen University

    Bernard Vallat
    Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

    Michiko Watari
    Section Chief, National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health
    National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry
     

     

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    Knowledge Sharing on Suicide Prevention: Country Experience from Malaysia

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    Dr._Nurashikin_Ibrahim.pdf
    Dr._Andrew_Mohanraj.pdf

    February 23, 2015 12:00-13:30 (JST)






    WHO estimates that almost one million deaths are due to suicide every year, the majority of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. Attempted suicide can be up to 20 times more frequent than suicide. As suicide is among the top three causes of death in the population aged 15-34 years (second leading cause for 10-24 year olds) globally, there is a massive loss to societies of young people. There is a need for immediate action which includes public health and cross-sector/inter-agency approaches.
    To respond to this neglected but important global priority, WHO launched the first-ever World Suicide Report in late 2014. According to the report, Malaysia’s percentage change in age standardized suicide rates 2000–2012 is -23.9% for both sexes.

    Tokyo Development Learning Center, the World Bank, together with the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health presents knowledge sharing seminar to focus on country case studies, including good practices and lessons learned.

    For this session, we will focus on Malaysia’ case, having Dr.Nurashikin Ibrahim, Ministry of Health, Malaysia and Dr.Andrew Mohan Raj, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Perdana University as speakers.

    Speaker
    Dr. Nurashikin Ibrahim, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
    Dr. Andrew Mohan Raj, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Perdana University

    Moderator
    Atsuro Tsutsumi, Research Fellow, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

    Target Audience
    National and local government officials from ministries and agencies.
    Policy makers, DRM stakeholders, health specialists among others.

    Connecting sites
    Malaysia UKM
    Asian Institute of Management
    University of Indonesia
    Chulalongkorn University
    University of Peradeniya

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    Mental Well-being and Disability: Toward Accessible and Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals

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    A Panel Discussion Commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    December 2, 2014 13:15-14:30

    Co-organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN, a panel discussion will be held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, on December 2, 2014.

    Moderator: Takashi Izutsu, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, The World Bank Tokyo Development Center
    Opening Remarks: Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

    Panel Discussion
    H.E. Mateo Estreme, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations
    Ms. Saima Wazed Hossain, Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Autism in Bangladesh
    Dr. Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health
    Dr. Mark van Ommeren, Scientist, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization
    Prof. Harry Minas, Head, Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
    Dr. Laura Upans, Department of Justice Canada

    Respondents:
    Dr. Kamal Lamichhane, Research Fellow, JICA Research Institute
    Ms. Kathryn Goetzke, Founder and Interim Executive Director, iFred

     

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    Public Forum: Disasters, Mental Well-being and Disability-Promoting Resilience for All

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    United Nations Expert Group Meeting report.pdf

    November 28, 2014

    On November 28, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan,  UNU in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, and the National Information Center for Disaster Mental Health, Japan, will organize a public forum “Disasters, Mental Well-being and Disability: Promoting Resilience for All”.

    Research has revealed a high incidence of mood and anxiety symptoms as well as suicidal ideation among inhabitants in areas affected by disasters. Persons with mental or intellectual disabilities face multiple challenges and barriers in all the phases of disaster which gets augmented with misconception, stigma, discrimination and other human rights violations. Nevertheless, mental well-being and disability have often been neglected in international discussion and policy processes related to disasters.

    The forum will explore how to integrate mental well-being and disability issues into disaster risk management, drawing on experiences from Japan and other countries. Speakers from several UN agencies, NGOs and academia will discuss this challenge in relation to norms and standards, institutional arrangements, governance and practice. In particular, the event will focus on how the process to formulate a global post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction can incorporate issues of mental well-being and disability.

    Programme:

    Moderator: Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, UNU-IIGH

    Welcome Remarks: Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU-IAS

    Panelists:
    Ana Cristina Thorlund, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
    Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN DESA
    Florante E Trinidad, National Professional Officer, WHO Office of the Representative in the Philippines
    Yoshiharu Kim, President, National Information Center for Disaster Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Japan
    Andrew Mohanraj, Chairperson, National Council for Persons with Disabilities in Malaysia

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    Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Disaster Risk Reduction

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    Resources

    Report of the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability, and Disaster Risk Reduction (November, 2014)
    EGM_MWDDRR_2014_Report.docx
    EGM_MWDDRR_2014_Report.pdf

    November 27-28, 2014

    The United Nations University International Institute of Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-ISP), and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in close collaboration with the World Bank Tokyo Development Center (TDLC) and the National Institute of Mental Health, Japan, will organize an expert group meeting on mental well-being, disability and disaster reduction, in Tokyo, Japan, on November 27-28, 2014.

    During and after disaster, people experience mental health and psychosocial distress and this plays key role in determining quality of life, resilience, and effectiveness of preparedness, recovery and reconstruction. In addition, persons with mental or intellectual disabilities tend to face multiple and severe barriers in disasters. However, mental well-being and disability has long been neglected in disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.

    In the Expert Group Meeting, overview of issues, trends and international norms and standards, as well as good practices and lessons learned from different countries, related to mental well-being, disability and disaster risk reduction will be discussed.

    If we are to achieve sustainable human development which leaves no one behind, it is necessary to prioritize mental health and psychosocial well-being of all people including persons with physical, mental, intellectual, and sensory impairments. In addition, it is imperative to make disaster risk reduction measures inclusive of disability not leaving persons with mental or intellectual disabilities behind.

    Program:
    Facilitator: Dr Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, UNU-IIGH
    1. Welcome remarks: Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations: Senior Vice Rector, UNU
    2. Welcome remarks: Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, DESA, United Nations
    3. Welcome remarks: Dr. Yoshiharu Kim, President of the National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Japan
    4. UN frameworks on the rights of persons with disabilities: Including disability perspectives into disaster risk reduction:  Ms. Akiko Ito
    5. UN frameworks on disaster risk reduction: Toward a new frameworks which integrates mental well-being and disability: Ms. Ana Cristina Thorlund, Programme Officer, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
    6. WHO perspective on mental health and psychosocial well-being in Emergency Settings: Mainstreaming mental health into disaster risk reduction: Dr. Mark Van Ommeren, Scientist, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO (pre-recorded presentation)
    7. Mental health, disability and disasters: Experiences in Japan: Dr. Yoshiharu Kim
    8. Good practices and lessons learned: WHO response to mental well-being and disability in the disasters in Philippines and inclusion in DRR policy and programmes: Dr. Florante E Trinidad, National Professional Officer, WHO Office of the Representative in the Philippines
    9. Best practices and lessons learned: Mental well-being and disability after the nuclear accident in Fukushima: Dr. Jun Shigemura, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, National Defense Medical University (recorded presentation)
    10. Best practices and lessons learned: Mental well-being and disability after the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident: Mr. Yurii Kushnarov, the First Secretary, the Embassy of Ukraine
    11. Best practices and lessons learned: Mental well-being and disability after the Indian Ocean Tsunami and the Typhoon Haiyan: Dr. Andrew Mohanraj, Regional Mental Health Development Advisor, CBM International/Member, National Council for Persons with Disabilities in Malaysia

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    10th Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT 10)

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    A Blended Distance Learning Course

    January 2015-May 2015
    Students of MFTOT 8 gather at TDLC studio for a group discussion MFTOT 8 students gather at TDLC studio for a discussion.

    The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) are pleased to announce the tenth delivery of the Microfinance Training of Trainers course (MFTOT10) which will run from January to May 2015.

    The MFTOT10 is designed to strengthen the institutional capacity of microfinance in the Asia-Pacific region and African region by making high-quality microfinance training accessible to more decision-makers, professionals and practitioners in the field of microfinance as well as increasing the number and country coverage of accredited microfinance trainers in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

    Background

    Microfinance is recognized as an effective development intervention that enhances access to financial services by low-income individuals. The Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT) Course was initially jointly sponsored by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) in 2005. The interactive microfinance distance learning course (MFDL) developed by UNCDF is the core learning material for study. This course has received high rating from participants and become popular in many countries.

    Over the past nine years, nine courses were successfully delivered in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. Over 2,300 participants conducted self-study using the interactive e-Learning package, attended videoconference sessions, received online tutoring for 11 assignments and took part in the final exam. Among them, a total of 1137 in 64 countries were accredited to become a fully certified trainer of the UNCDF MFDL course. Top 32 graduates who are located in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Japan, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malawi, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, PNG, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam were engaged to work as tutors for the courses.

    Since 2007, the course materials (workbook and interactive CD-ROM) have been translated from English into several local languages such as Chinese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Mongolian, and Bahasa Indonesia.

    Goals and Objectives

    MFTOT10 continues to pursue its goal of strengthening the institutional capacity of microfinance in the Asia-Pacific region and African region by making high-quality microfinance training accessible to more decision-makers, professionals and practitioners in the field of microfinance as well as increasing the number and country coverage of accredited microfinance trainers in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

    Course Content

    The course consists of 3 modules and special topics in microfinance.

    At the end of Module I (The World of Microfinance), participants will be able to:
    • Describe fundamental concepts in microfinance
    • Design client-focused services
    • Apply effective microcredit methodologies
    • Describe the effects of the local environment on microfinance

    At the end of Module II (Financial Analysis), participants will be able to:
    • Read financial statements
    • Measure delinquency
    • Identify key financial factors
    • Identify effective interest rate practices
    • Measure financial viability

    At the end of Module III (Institutional Analysis), participants will be able to:
    • Gauge institutional viability
    • Strengthen relations between donors and microfinance institutions

    Through interaction with experts during videoconference sessions on special topics in microfinance, participants will be able to broaden their understanding of key issues in microfinance.

    Course Description

    The course features a unique, blended approach consisting of:

    1. Self-paced study using the Microfinance Distance Learning (MFDL) package developed by UNCDF. The package is available also online at: http://www.jointokyo.org/mfdl/
    2. Online tutoring and e-discussion. Tutors will assist participants throughout the course in completing course assignments through grading and feedback. Online discussions will be moderated by the team leader of tutors.
    3. Meeting with international microfinance experts through four 3-hour videoconference sessions at selected GDLN centers. The videoconference sessions will feature presentations and discussions on current issues and best practices in microfinance. The videoconferences will also be webcast live at: http://www.jointokyo.org/en/live
    4. Local courses in selected countries will be available during the same time period.

    Target Audience

    This course is aimed primarily at development practitioners, microfinance professionals, policy makers, donor staff, socially responsible investors, students, and others who want to improve their knowledge of best practices in microfinance.

    Participants who wish to develop their skills in delivering microfinance training and become fully certified trainers of the UNCDF course can earn accreditation by completing all weekly assignments and the final examination for this course.

    Types of Certificate and Accreditation of Trainers

    Statistics of previous courses showed that submission of assignments and receiving online tutoring help participants master the knowledge of best practices in microfinance. Since MFTOT5, submission of assignments to a designated tutor has become mandatory for all participants. Two types of certificate will be available for participants depending on their learning objectives, level of commitment and performance.

    Completion Certificate: Those who do not plan to become a certified trainer can earn a course completion certificate by completing the course assignments. They do not need to take the final exam. Course assignments may be submitted in a local language if the local language version of the CD-ROM and a country tutor are available. The learning material translation has been undertaken in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Thailand and Viet Nam.

    Accreditation Certificate: The accreditation is an important element of the course offering, and has great impact on the institutional capacity building for the microfinance sector. Course participants can earn this certificate and become a fully certified trainer of the UNCDF MFDL course by completing all assignments and final exam in English with quality up to a standard.

    *Certificates will be issued electronically in PDF.

    Course Fee

    The MFTOT10 courses will be sponsored jointly by ADBI and TDLC. Participants need to pay a course fee to receive learning materials and online tutoring. Revenue from the participants’ fees is used to partially cover operational costs.

    To meet the increasing demand for delivering this high quality learning program, we have introduced a new participation fee structure since MFTOT7. The full course fee is US$ 300. Participants in less developed and middle-income countries will receive financial supports from the course sponsors and organizers.

    · US$50 for participants in least developed countries (“IDA” or “Blend” category in the link)
    · US$150 for participants in middle-income countries (“IBRD” category except for “High-income economies”)
    · US$300 for all the other countries

    Country classifications can be found here:

    *Please note that country is based on participant’s residence/location, not his/her nationality.

    How to Apply

    Course registration will start on December 1, 2014.
    Interested participants should register online through the course webpage on Moodle.

    Requirements

    To successfully complete the course, participants should have:

    • English proficiency. Videoconference sessions and final examination will be conducted in English. For participants who wish to receive the accreditation certificate, English proficiency is crucial.
    • Strong commitment and self-discipline. The course will require between 10-20 hours of self-study per week, depending on the participant’s background in microfinance and language proficiency.
    • Support from employer. To ensure that participants can devote enough time to the course activities, we encourage participants to seek endorsement from their employers.

    In addition, participants will need:

    • A computer with 486 processor using Windows 95 or later, a CD-ROM drive, speakers or earphones, monitor of 800x600 resolution and at least 256 colors.
    • An e-mail account

    Important Dates for Videoconference Sessions

    (Tentative)

    VC#1: Thursday, January 29, 2015
    VC#2: Thursday, February 19, 2015
    VC#3: Thursday, March 5, 2015
    VC#4: Thursday, May 14, 2015  

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    Disability and Development “Learning from Country Experiences” Series

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    The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been ratified or acceded by more than 150 countries. The United Nations High Level Meeting on Disability and Development held in 2013 highlighted the need for urgent action by all relevant stakeholders towards implementation of the CRPD and disability-inclusive national policies and programs.

    For effective and efficient implementation of disability-inclusive development and realization of true impact on the ground, knowledge sharing on the successes and failures as well as communication and collaboration among countries are critical.

    This series features policy makers and key actors in the field of disability from various countries who will share their perspectives, best practices, and lessons learned in their respective countries. The series aims to contribute to sharing and exchange of real experiences and practical, action-oriented knowledge among key stakeholders in the area of disability and development.

    Session 1:

    Disability and Accessibility:  Lessons from Japan. Dr. Soya Mori, Senior Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO)

    Session 2:

    Disability and Economic Development: Lessons from Japan. Dr. Soya Mori, Senior Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO)

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    JSDF:Safe Migration for Bangladeshi Workers

    story from Tokyo Development Learning Center December 15, 2014 4:00 PM~5:30PM (JST)
    Collage for JSDF Bangladeshi workersTop left and bottom right images: Scott Wallace/World Bank. Top right and bottom left images: Thomas Sennett/World Bank. Images have been resized.

    The World Bank Group’s Trust Funds and Partnerships (DFPTF) in cooperation with the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the World Bank Tokyo Office will hold the 8th Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Dialogue Seminar, Safe Migration on Bangladeshi Worker on December 15, 2014.

    This session will highlight the achievements of one of the JSDF’s projects in Bangladesh, “Safe Migration for Bangladeshi Workers” by bringing together key stakeholders involved in the project. This seminar will present an overview of the preparation, implementation, and preliminary results of this project. The implementing agency, BRAC, together with project beneficiaries, will join the session via video conferencing from their respective project location(s), to present the key challenges and successes in project implementation.

    The “Safe Migration for Bangladeshi Workers” aims to reduce vulnerability of migrant workers and their families in 80 upazilas through (i) better access to accurate and timely information and services for safe migration and (ii) reducing dependency of migrants on middlemen by establishing and strengthening community-based organizations (CBOs).  The primary beneficiaries of this project are the poor and low-skilled population who may be seeking employment abroad. The project aims to benefit 864,000 potential migrants and their families who would receive training and orientation programs in 80 upazilas.

    The Government of Bangladesh, through the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment, has also shown keen interest in this project. Safe migration is an increasingly important issue in Bangladesh with regular media coverage of migration problems, leading to enormous public outcry for government action. Under this project,  transparency in the process is being improved by providing key information about prospects of foreign employment as well as the rules and regulations in host countries through partnership with NGOs and government. This project shows an example of using local and national networks to provide safe migration services, which can be scaled up nationwide by relevant government institutions.

    Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF)

    The Government of Japan and the World Bank established JSDF in June 2000, with the goal of providing grants to support community-driven development and poverty reduction projects that empower and directly improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable groups not reached by other programs. A unique and valued feature of the JSDF program is that it provides a platform for cooperation with non-governmental agencies and other local stakeholders in the development process. The Government of Japan has support some 300 social development programs and projects, up to the end of June 2014.

    Location

    The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center

    Date and Time

    Monday, December 15, 2014
    4:00pm -5:30pm (JST)

    Language

    English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)

    Registration

    To attend, please register online from the link below. (Please refrain from using the “Contact Form” below.”)
    Admission is free.

    As seating is limited, registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

    For inquiries, please email the World Bank Tokyo Office, ptokyo@worldbankgroup.org
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    Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

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    A live web-stream of the event will be available. Click here 5-10 mins before the session starts.

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    Book Launch Seminar

    November 11, 2014
    11:30–14:00 (JST)






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    The Japan–World Bank Partnership Program on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has concluded its multi-country study and will be sharing its findings with policy makers and other key stakeholders in Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam utilizing TDLC’s distance learning technology and network.

    The goals of UHC are to ensure that all people can access quality health services, to safeguard all people from public health risks, and to protect all people from impoverishment due to illness, whether from out-of-pocket payments for healthcare or loss of income when a household member falls sick.

    Countries as diverse as Brazil, France, Japan, Thailand, and Turkey have shown how UHC can serve as a vital mechanism for improving the health and welfare of their citizens, as well as lay the foundation for economic growth grounded in the principles of equity and sustainability. Eleven country studies (Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Peru, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam) have been synthesized into a publication titled, “Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of 11 Country Case Studies.” In addition, the initiative resulted in an in-depth report on Japan’s experience entitled “Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Japan.”

    The distance Seminar will cover key findings from the 11 country case studies and will convene principal researchers from the Japan study to discuss Japan’s role in promoting UHC abroad.

    Date and Time:

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Tokyo: 11:30 – 14:00
    Manila: 10:30 – 13:00
    Bangkok: 9:30 – 12:00
    Hanoi: 9:30 – 12:00
    Jakarta: 9:30 – 12:00
    Yangon: 9:00 – 11:30

    Target Audience:

    Policy makers, health professionals, government officials, development practitioners in Japan and East Asia.

    Language:

    English only

    Connecting Sites:

    Bangkok, Thailand:
    Chulalongkorn University Thailand Center of Academic Resources Development Learning Center
    Hanoi, Vietnam:
    Vietnam Development Information Center, The World Bank
    Jakarta, Indonesia:
    University of Indonesia Distance Learning Center
    Manila, The Philippines:
    Asian Institute of Management Development Resource Center
    Yangon, Myanmar:
    The World Bank Yangon Office

    Scheduled Program:

    11:30 – 11:40 (JST)

    Opening Remarks and Introduction
    Tomoyuki Naito, Manager, Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank
    Akiko Maeda, Lead Health Specialist, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank Group (Moderator)

    11:40 – 11:55 (JST)

    Overview of the 11 Country Case Studies – Objectives and Key Findings
    Akiko Maeda, Lead Health Specialist, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank Group

    11:55 – 12:05 (JST)

    Q & A

    12:05 – 12: 20 (JST)

    Political Economy of UHC Policies
    Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

    12:20 – 12:30 (JST)

    Q & A

    12:30 – 12:50 (JST) 
    Lessons from Japan: What Japan Can Share from its Experience
    Naoki Ikegami, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Keio School of Medicine

    12:50 – 13:00 (JST)

    Q & A

    13:00 – 13:10 (JST)

    Macro Process of Health Policy Making in Japan
    John Campbell, Project Researcher, Institute of Gerontology, Tokyo University; Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Michigan

    13:10 – 13:20 (JST)

    Q & A

    13:20 – 14:00 (JST)

    Discussion and Conclusion
    Moderator: Akiko Maeda

    Related Links

    The World Bank website on Health: Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

     

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    The New Engine of Global Economy: the Internet Economy

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    Presentation Materials
    Seminar 1:
    Tenzin_Dolma_Norbhu_WB.pdf
    Lingfang_(Ivy)_Li_China.pdf
    Mr._Hayashi_Japan.pdf

    AFDC Distance Learning Seminar Series

    Seminar 1: October 15, 2014 15:00-17:00 (Tokyo Time)
    Seminar 2: November 14, 2014 15:00-17:30 (Tokyo Time)
    *TDLC will not be hosting participants at our Center for Seminar 2. A live webcast will be available on the day of the event.

    Chinese migrant to the city learns IT skills_Li Wenyong / World Bank
    Li Wenyong/The World Bank

    Background

    There’s no need to further demonstrate the fact that the Internet has the power to shape the world. On the one hand, it has penetrated into almost every field of global economy and social lives and serves as a basic element in spurring social and economic development; on the other hand, it carries on the integration with traditional industries and thus, brings about new sources of economic growth. The Internet is driving the constant reforms in the economic system, industrial structure, and economic and social development worldwide. It’s the prerequisite in gaining an advantageous status in global competition and innovation in the future.

    It’s estimated by McKinsey that in 2025, the Internet technology along with other new technologies will bring about new economic growth and exert far-reaching influence on the world economy, contributing to 0.5 to 0.7 percent growth in global economic development trend value and 1 percent decrease in the inflation rate worldwide. Besides, enterprises’ operation has been influenced a lot by the Internet economy—business operators have to relieve themselves from the traditional ways of doing business, upgrade their mindset, seize the opportunities and face the challenges brought by the new business model and emerging service industry.

    In the wake of the financial crisis, China and other developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region are in urgent need of carrying out economic transformation and upgrading. The Internet is playing an increasingly important role in this regard. As the propeller of the new economic development, the Internet has created a brand-new model for economic development, generates tremendous economic and social benefits, and poses an overwhelming influence on the traditional economic model. It’s safe to say that the Internet has become the driving force for the development of emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region and the whole world.
    How can we digest the huge changes in the Internet-influenced global economy? What can the developing countries do to cope with opportunities and challenges in the Internet economy era? What kind of reforms should the business operators adopt to upgrade their business model?

    Objective

    In order to summarize and share experience on “Internet Economy”, AFDC plans to launch a series of VC seminars in 2014 in collaboration with the World Bank and other GDLN affiliates to cope with opportunities and challenges in the Internet economy era.

    Target Audience

    Government officials, researchers and experts - particularly from EAP and South Asian countries - in the field of Internet economy.
    Representatives from civil society, academia and private sector, etc.

    Program

    Seminar 1

    Date:

    October 15, 2014

    15:00-15:10 Welcome Remarks
    AFDC & WB & GDLN-AP centers
    Overview of the program
    Brief introduction of GDLN-AP centers
    Moderator: Dr. Ji Rui (Jerry)

    15: 10-15:45 Session 1: The framework and global perspective
    Ms. Tenzin Dolma Norbhu, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, The World Bank
    Q&A Session

    15:45-16:20 Session 2: China’s Experience
    Ms. Lingfang (Ivy) Li, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Economics, School of Management, Fudan University
    Q&A Session

    16:20-16:55 Session 3: Japan’s Experience
    Mr. Hirosato Hayashi, Director, Economic Research Office, 
    Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, 
    The Government of Japan
    Q&A Session

    16:55-17:00 Wrap-up and Closing
    Moderator: Dr. Ji Rui (Jerry)

    Seminar 2

    Date:

    November 14, 2014
    We will not be hosting participants at TDLC for Seminar 2.

    15:00-15:10 Welcome Remarks
    AFDC & WB & GDLN-AP centers
    Overview of the program
    Brief introduction of GDLN-AP centers
    Moderator: Dr. Ji Rui (Jerry)

    15:10-15:55 Session 1: The framework and global perspective
    Speaker from The World Bank (TBA)
    Q&A Session

    15:55-16:40 Session 2: China’s Experience
    Speaker from China (TBA)
    Q&A Session

    16:40-17:25 Session 3: Korea’s Experience
    Speaker from Korea (TBA)
    Q&A Session

    17:25-17:30 Wrap-up and Closing
    Moderator: Dr. Ji Rui (Jerry)


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    PFA Orientation: Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis 3

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    (Community of Practice)
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    Multi-country Orientation Videoconferences

    September 17, 2014 15:00-18:30(JST)
    Participating countries: Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand

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    Cover of PFA Field Guide

    In close partnership with WHO, together with United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will host a video conference session on Psychological First Aid (PFA) for health and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific.

    TDLC will deliver an interactive learning opportunity for policy makers and other change agents engaged in DRM to learn the basics of PFA, raise awareness on importance to integrate mental health and psychosocial perspectives in their respective DRM policies/programs, and develop capacity to provide safe support in crisis situation.

    The main author of the WHO Field Guide, Dr. Leslie Snider will serve as the main speaker for this session.

    The orientation is structured as a 3.5 hour VC session.
    It will cover the fundamentals of PFA, dos and don’ts, self-care techniques, interactive Q&As, role-plays, and open discussion.
    A certificate of attendance will be provided at the end of the program.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO (video message)
    Dr. Leslie Snider, Consultant (facilitator)
    Mr. Ananda Galappatti, Director (Strategy), The Good Practice Group (facilitator)
    Dr. Asami Onuma, National Institute of Mental Health, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan (moderator)
    Takashi Izutsu, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, TDLC (moderator)

    Participating Countries:

    Indonesia
    Japan
    Philippines
    Sri Lanka
    Thailand

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    Session 5: HLMDD-International Disability NGO

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    Discussion on the UN High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

    2014






    Venus Ilagan, Secretary General of Rehabilitation International, an international non-governmental organization for the advancement of rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities, speaks about how the recommendations and decisions made at the HLMDD can and should be utilized as a policy tool in various levels in different countries. She stresses that disability is a part of human diversity, and persons with disabilities are able to contribute to society if lack of access, discrimination, and poverty are properly addressed. 

    Speaker:

    Ms. Venus Illagan, Secretary General, Rehabilitation International

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    Session 4: HLMDD-JICA

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    Discussion on the UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development

    2014







    Dr. Kenji Kuno, Senior Advisor on social welfare for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) speaks about JICA’s expectations for the field and practice of disability and development based on the outcome document of the HLMDD. He introduces lessons learned from JICA’s projects as well as the challenges in the field for the future. He explains that it is crucial to change the society and environment rather than trying to change the individual, calling for the necessity to follow a twin-track approach, of empowerment and enablement, to promote equal opportunity for and full participation of persons with disability in development processes.

    Speaker:

    Dr. Kenji Kuno, Senior Advisor (Social Welfare), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

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    JSDF: New Livelihoods for Artisans and Craftspeople in Rural India

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    JSDF Dialogue Series "Jiyo!" Project: Creating New Livelihood for Artisans and Crafts People in Rural India

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 17:30-19:00pm (JST)
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    The World Bank’s Global Partnerships and Trust Fund Operations Department in cooperation with the Tokyo Development Learning Center and the World Bank Tokyo Office, will hold the seventh Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Dialogue Series on May 28, 2014, 17:30-19pm.

    This session will highlight the challenges and achievements of one of the JSDF’s projects in India, namely, “Making Globalization Work for the Rural Poor in India” by bringing together key stakeholders involved in the project.

    This seminar will present an overview of the project, the innovative aspects of its preparation, planning and execution as well as lessons learned and results to date. The beneficiaries will connect via videoconferencing and share their rich experiences as active members in the planning and execution of the project.

    “Making Globalization Work for the Rural Poor in India” project has been developed in direct response to the demand from the rural community members in India at the bottom of the pyramid - the very poor, vulnerable and landless communities - whose livelihoods depend upon traditional cultural industries. The development objective of the project is to help the poor communities to set up and strengthen their own self-managed grassroots cluster level institutions to access decent sustainable livelihoods on a long term basis.

    craftspeople in Jiyo Project

    This project enhanced the livelihood opportunities and share of rural artisans in the market for cultural industries and related sectors in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, and Bihar which are among the poorest in India but are traditionally known for their rich cultural heritage, and where Bank assisted livelihood programs are on-going. Through helping poor artisan communities to establish/strengthen and manage their own cluster level institutions, the grant helped set-up mechanisms for decentralized decision-making and resource allocation for strengthening local artisan communities’ capacity to manage their own economic activity competitively.

    Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF)


    The Government of Japan and the World Bank established JSDF in June 2000, with the goal of providing grants to support community-driven development and poverty reduction projects that empower and directly improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable groups not reached by other programs. A unique and valued feature of the JSDF program is that it provides a platform for cooperation with non-governmental agencies and other local stakeholders in the development process. The Government of Japan has given support to over 300 social development programs and projects, up to the end of June 2013.

    Registration


    To attend, please register online from the link below. (Please refrain from using the “Contact Form” below.”)
    Admission is free.
    As seating is limited, registration will be on a first come, first served basis.
    For inquiries, please email the World Bank Tokyo Office, ptokyo@worldbankgroup.org
    Registration Form

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    Session 3: HLMDD-World Report on Disability

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    Discussion on the UN High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

    2014






    Aleksandra Posarac, program leader at the World Bank Manila Office worked as an advisor on disability issues for five years until 2013 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. She is also one of the authors of the World Report on Disability, published by the World Bank and the World Health Organization in 2011. From this experience, she talks about the significance of the HLMDD and what the World Bank and other development partners can do to implement or help the various governments implement the recommendations and decisions made in the HLMDD. Reiterating that disability should not be the reason for exclusion or discrimination in an inclusive development process, she also describes the role that the World Report on Disability has played in informing the HLMDD.

    Speaker:

    Ms. Aleksandra Posarac, Program Leader
    EAP Country Unit, The World Bank

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    Session 2: HLMDD-The United Nations

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    Discussion on the UN High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

    2014






    Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), United Nations explains about the background and the outcome document of the first ever, UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development. The UN has a long standing commitment to the equality and full participation of persons with disabilities in society and development. She urges that to achieve a disability-inclusive post-2015 development agenda, it is critical that the outcome document of the HLMDD be translated in to real changes at national and local levels. She calls action for all to make development inclusive, accessible, sustainable and equitable for everybody.

    Speaker:

    Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the CRPD, DESA, United Nations
    Language: English

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    Disability and Economic Development: Lessons from Japan

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    Video Lecture

    April 2014






    About 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, and the number is growing. This is due to the ageing population – older persons have a higher risk of disability – and the increase in chronic health conditions associated with disability, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and mental illness on a global scale. It is impossible to achieve development goals if 15% of the world population are ignored or excluded.

    Persons with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed and generally earn less even when employed. On average, employment rate of persons with disabilities was over half that for persons without disabilities. However, at the same time, persons with disabilities may have extra costs for personal support or for medical care or assistive devices. Economic contributions of persons with disabilities and their family would be promoted if barriers are addressed and accessibility is ensured.  (From the World Report on Disability. WHO and the World Bank, 2011)

    Dr. Soya Mori, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO), lectures on disability and economic development based on his research and experience in Japan and in the world.

    With sign language (ASL), voice-over and caption.

    Lecturer

    Dr. Soya Mori, Senior Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO)

    About the Video

    In American Sign Language (ASL), voice-over and caption.

    Soya Mori, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) speaks on the topic of disability and economic development, highlighting some key issues in forming disability-inclusive policies in developing countries by introducing some examples from Japan and some developing countries. He shed light on the close link between disability and poverty, and argued for advancing the rights of persons of disability, providing access to decent employment, and empowering persons of disability in the processes of development.

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    Disability and Accessibility:  Lessons from Japan

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    Video Lecture

    April 2014






    Across the world, persons with disabilities have poorer health outcomes, lower education achievements, less economic participation and higher rates of poverty than persons without disabilities. This is partly because persons with disabilities experience barriers in accessing services, transport, information among others.

    The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) highlights the role of the environment in facilitating or restricting participation for persons with disabilities. For example, removing barriers in public accommodations, transport, information, and communication will enable persons with disabilities to participate in education, employment, and social life, reducing their isolation and dependency. Across domains, key requirements for addressing accessibility and reducing negative attitudes are access standards; cooperation between the public and private sector a lead agency responsible for coordinating implementation; training in accessibility; universal design for planners, architects, and designers; user participation; and public education. These are cost effective, and will contribute to well-being of aging populations and beyond. (From the World Report on Disability. WHO and the World Bank, 2011)

    Dr. Soya Mori, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) lectures on disability and accessibility based on his experience in Japan and in the world.

    Lecturer

    Dr. Soya Mori, Senior Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO)

    About the Video

    In American Sign Language (ASL), voice-over and caption.

    Soya Mori, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) speaks on the topic of disability and accessibility, pointing out the key issues at the policy-making level when realizing accessibility in developing countries. He mentions that it’s not always important to make large-scale investments such as constructions, but it is important to provide needed services within a community, even if they are implemented on a smaller scale. There is no single technology or method that provides a solution to inaccessibility. Persons with disability themselves are the ones who know best about the needs and methods for accessibility. They should be involved in the process to select the best option that strikes a good balance of effectiveness and cost for realizing accessibility.

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    PFA Orientation: Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis 2

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    Join the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network!
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    Multi-country Orientation Videoconferences

    April 11, 2013 14:00-17:30 (JST)/13:00-16:30 (ULAT)
    Connecting sites: Japan, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka

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    Dr. Snider lecturing at TDLC on December 13, 2013

    In close partnership with WHO, together with United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will host a video conference session on PFA for health and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific.

    TDLC will deliver an interactive learning opportunity for policy makers and other change agents engaged in DRM to learn the basics of PFA, raise awareness on importance to integrate mental health and psychosocial perspectives in their respective DRM policies/programs, and develop capacity to provide safe support in crisis situation.

    The main author of the WHO Field Guide, Dr. Leslie Snider, Sr. Programme Advisor of the War Trauma Foundation will be onsite in Mongolia and serve as the main speaker for this session.

    The orientation is structured as a 3.5 hour VC session.
    It will cover the fundamentals of PFA, dos and don’ts, self-care techniques, interactive Q&As, role-plays, and open discussion.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO (video message)
    Dr. Leslie Snider, Sr. Programme Advisor of the War Trauma Foundation (main speaker)
    Dr. Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (moderator/facilitator)
    Dr. Ryoko Ohtaki, National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health, Japan (moderator/facilitator)
    Takashi Izutsu, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, TDLC (moderator/facilitator)

    Participating countries:

    Japan
    Mongolia
    Philippines
    Sri Lanka

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

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    Presentation Files

    Session 1

    Mr._Xu_Mingqui_China.pdf
    Mr._Pham_Vietnam.pdf
    Prof._Abe_Japan.pdf

    Session 2

    Mr._Chen_China.pdf
    Mr._Shadikhodjaev_Korea.pdf
    Mr._Rasagam_WB.pdf

    Access the archived video from here.

    Seminar 2: Free Trade Zone: International experience and local development

    June 10, 2014
    13:00 -15:30 (JST)

    Containers at a port
    Dominic Sansoni/World Bank

    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.

    In recent years, China witnessed a rapid growth in its foreign trade. In 2012, China has surpassed the US to become the world’s biggest trade country with its overall foreign trade volume reaching $3.87 trillion. However, like the other developing countries, China lacks diversity in its foreign trade structure and received limited sharing in global value chains. Therefore, it’s of China’s top priority to further develop trade in services and enhance its level of investment liberalization to be further integrated into the global economy and contribute to its economic and structural transformation and upgrading.

    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.

    In order to summarize and share experience on“the New Pattern of Global Trade”, AFDC plans to launch a series of VC seminars in 2014 in collaboration with the World Bank and other GDLN affiliates to cope with opportunities and challenges for the emerging economies.

    Program Description

    Seminar 2: Free Trade Zone: International experience and local development

    Date: June 10, 2014
    Time: 13:00 -15:30 (JST)

    The framework and global perspective

    Mr. Ganesh Rasagam, Lead Private Sector Development Specialist, The World Bank

    Experience sharing

    Mr. Bo Chen, Associate Department Head, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
    Mr. Sherzod Shadikhodjaev, Professor, KDI School
    Moderator: Dr. Ji Rui, Senior Economist, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center

    Seminar 1: Global Trade Facilitation-Trends and Challenges

    Date: April 9, 2014
    Time: 11:30 -14:00 (JST)

    The framework and global perspective

    Mr. Duc Minh Pham, Senior Economist, the World Bank

    Experience sharing

    Prof. Xu Mingqi, Professor & Director, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
    Mr. Shigeyuki Abe, Professor, Doshisha University, Faculty of Policy Studies
    Moderator: Dr. Ji Rui, Senior Economist, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center

    Archived Video

    An archived video of this seminar is available on AFDC website.

    Target audience

    Policy makers from central & local government agencies, particularly from EAP and South Asian countries - in the field of global economy and trade.
    Representatives from civil society, academia and private sector, etc.

    Registration

    Advance registration required (first-come-first-served).
    Please register by sending us an email or using the form below, indicating your name, organization, telephone number, e-mail address.

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    Session 1: HLMDD-The World Bank

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    Discussion on the UN High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

    2014






    The World Bank Group stated at the UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) held on September 23, 2013, that the development consequences of disability cannot be ignored, and unless persons with disability are included into the post-2015 development agenda, the agenda will fail to be truly inclusive. The HLMDD is a historic event and its outcome should be understood and implemented by as many stakeholders as possible. This session will highlight the basic facts on disability and the outcome of HLMDD to guide efforts towards the creation of a fully inclusive society through 2015 and beyond.

    Speaker:

    Ms. Anush Bezhanyan
    Sector Manager, Social Protection & Labor,
    Human Development Network, The World Bank

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    Introduction to Islamic Finance 2014

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    Related Program
    Introduction to Islamic Finance

    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.







    Workers gathering at desk  Arne Hoel/The World Bank

    Introduction

    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, the total global assets of Islamic banking were $1.3 trillion, which is estimated to be $1.6 trillion by the end of 2013. Statistics by Global Islamic Finance Report show that Islamic finance grew consecutively at a compound annual rate of 15 to 20 % over the last decades. Most interestingly, Islamic financial system has proved inherent resistance to the recent global economic crises during 2008 to 2012.

    There are two fundamental directions of financial inclusion or access of finance under the present practices of Islamic finance activities. They are – (a) promoting risk sharing contracts that is to generate alternative debt sharing finance comparatively different from the conventional debt based finance. This is enough potential for enhancing accesses to the required finance and its proper conflict free and sustainable management. (b) Redistribution of the wealth of the society among its member that is, in principle, complement to the prior direction, targeting of the poor people of the society in order to provide a comprehensive financial approach for exterminating poverty and for building resilient and equity based society.

    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

    Learning Contents

    Each module will feature presentations and interactive discussions on current issues and best practices in Islamic finance with international experts. The program will be delivered in three modules as follows.

    Session 1: Introduction to Islamic Finance – presenting definition and fundamentals of Islamic finance;  global trend and estimated growth of the sector; overview of emerging markets, products, and services in Islamic finance; and geographical expansion of Islamic Finance.
    (March 12, 2014)

    Session 2: Understanding Islamic Finance structures – presenting basic models of Islamic finance (trade-based and investment-based models); and various financial products and transaction models (loans, deposits, Sukuk-bonds, funds, Takaful-insurance) with practical examples.
    (March 19, 2014)

    Session 3: Establishing Islamic Finance Architecture: an African model – presenting legal system on Islamic finance;  legal issues under Islamic finance; financial framework for financial inclusion; case studies and best practices in Africa/different regions; recent trends in Islamic finance and Africa; and networking and further study opportunities in Islamic finance.
    (March 27, 2014)

    Goals

    After attending the program, participants will be able to;

    • Describe fundamental concepts in Islamic finance and its growth potential,
    • Structure financial products and mechanisms under Islamic finance,
    • Understand key actors and roles in regulating, supervising and monitoring, and
    • Broaden understanding from practical lessons and case studies around the world on Islamic finance

    Speaker

    Mr. Etsuaki Yoshida

    Adjunct Research Fellow, Center for Finance Research,  Waseda University, Tokyo.
    Director and Senior Economist, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).


    Mr. Yoshida has been teaching Islamic finance at the Waseda Graduate School of Finance as a visiting associate professor. He is also Director and Senior Economist at Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Before moving to JBIC in 2007, he was an economist at Bank of Japan in charge of the Japanese economy and foreign exchange markets.


    Moderator

    Session#1
    Mr. Mor Seck, Senegal, Manager/Director Senegal Distance Learning Centre and President of the Association of African Distance learning Centers (AADLC)

    Session#2-3
    Mr. Charles Y. Senkondo, Secretary General of the Association of African Distance learning Centers (AADLC), and Director of Tanzania Global Learning Agency –TaGLA

    Target Audience

    National and local government officials from financial ministries and agencies.

    Officers from commercial banks, legal department, insurance, security and asset management companies.

    Staff from microfinance institutions and NGOs who wish to develop knowledge on Islamic finance for their business activities in Africa.

    Financial sector staff from international organizations.

    Delivery Method

    You can participate in the program at your nearest GDLN center.

    Each session will be a 2.5-hour interactive session using video conference technology.

    Each session consists of presentations followed by Q&A and open discussion.

    Lecture materials will be provided at the GDLN centers.

    Language

    English only

    How to Apply

    Please contact your nearest distance learning center.

    Participating DLCs:

    Tanzania
    Uganda
    Madagascar

    If you cannot join from a DLC nearest you, you can also watch the webstreaming.

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    PFA Orientation: Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis 1

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    (Community of Practice)
    mhpss.net

    Multi-country Orientation Videoconferences

    December 13, 2013 14:00-17:30 (JST)
    Connecting countries:
    China, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam

    In close partnership with WHO, together with United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will host a video conference session on PFA for health and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific.

    Cover of PFA Guide
    Cover of PFA Field Guide

    Having the main author of the WHO Field Guide, Dr. Leslie Snider, Sr. Programme Advisor of the War Trauma Foundation as the main speaker, TDLC will deliver an interactive learning opportunity for policy makers and other change agents engaged in DRM to learn the basics of PFA, raise awareness on importance to integrate mental health and psychosocial perspectives in their respective DRM policies/programs, and develop capacity to provide safe support in crisis situation.

    The orientation is structured as a 3.5 hour VC session.
    It will cover the fundamentals of PFA, dos and don’ts, self-care techniques, interactive Q&As, role-plays, and open discussion.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO (video message)
    Dr. Leslie Snider, Sr. Programme Advisor of the War Trauma Foundation (main speaker)
    Dr. Yoshiharu Kim, Director of National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health in Japan (moderator)
    Takashi Izutsu, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, TDLC (facilitator)

    Participating countries:

    China
    Japan
    Nepal
    Thailand
    Vietnam

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    “Mental Well-being, Disability, and Development”

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    Report on the Panel Discussion on Mental Well-being, Disability, and Development

    Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    December 3, 2013
    11:30am-1:00pm (EST)


    There is strong stigma and discrimination against persons with mental or intellectual disabilities. In disaster or conflict settings in particular, the needs of persons with mental or intellectual disabilities are often neglected. In the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Development held in April 2013, the expert group concluded that 1) mental well-being should be integrated into all the social development efforts as a key indicator for sustainable development, and 2) protection and promotion of the rights of persons with mental or intellectual disabilities should be integrated and strengthened as a key priority in disability-related policies and programs.

    On December 3, in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to raise awareness and mobilize support for critical issues related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development, WBTDLC, UN/DESA, and UNU-IIGH will conduct a panel discussion on mental well-being, disability and development at the UN Headquarters in NY. Topics such as mental or intellectual disabilities, and mental well-being as a priority in development with special attention to the life cycle perspective and its emphasis on people-centered approaches to development will be discussed.

    Date:

    December 3, 2013

    Time:

    11:30am-1:00pm (EST)

    Language:

    English

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    Training of Trainers (ToT) on Psychological First Aid (PFA)

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    (Community of Practice)
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    December 9-12, 2013
    Location: Arcadia Ichigaya

    WHO in collaboration with its partners published “Psychological First Aid: Field Guide” (PFA Field Guide) in 2011 to provide an easy-to-understand guidance on what to do and what not to do when trying to support a fellow human being after going through a serious crisis event. The PFA Field Guide has been endorsed by the UN, UNICEF, UNHCR,  International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Plan International, among others, and the UN Secretary General mandated the PFA training for human resources and security personnel in the UN worldwide. The PFA has been widely employed in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

    TDLC together with the National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health (Japan) and the United Nations University will host a 4-day training of trainers (ToT) on PFA at Arcadia Ichigawa.

    Dr. Leslie Snider, Sr. Advisor, War Trauma Foundation, who is one of the main authors of the “WHO PFA Field Guide” will facilitate the session.

    This ToT training is intended for municipal government officials from disaster-prone areas in Japan, disaster/humanitarian response experts, members of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), Japan, and constituencies from the education sector.

    Date:

    December 9-12, 2013

    Training Schedule:

    Day 1 & 2: Lectures, role play-base learning, and discussions.
    Day 3: Group-based practical training with supervisors
    Day 4: Reflections, discussions, ethics on disseminating PFA, wrap-up

    Location

    Arcadia Ichigaya

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    Suicide Prevention: How to Address One Million Deaths a Year, Toward the World Suicide Report

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    Resources

    mhGAP_Intervention Guide eng.pdf
    Public Health Action for the Prevention of Suicide eng.pdf
    Mental Health Action Plan 2013 - 2020 eng.pdf

     

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    Co-organized with

    the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health and the University of Tokyo

    Special Thanks to

    The World Health Organization (WHO)

    Panelists

    Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO
    Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar, SNEHA, Suicide Prevention Centre, India
    Dr. Tadashi Takeshima, Director, National Institute of Mental Health, NCNP

    Background

    WHO estimates that almost one million deaths are due to suicide every year, the majority of which occur in low- and middle-income countries.  Attempted suicide can be up to 20 times more frequent than suicide. As suicide is among the top three causes of death in the population aged 15-34 years (second leading cause for 10-24 year olds) globally, there is a massive loss to societies of young people. There is a need for immediate action which includes public health and cross-sector/inter-agency approaches.

    Goals

    To respond to this 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.

    Speakers and Audience

    The Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO, will give a presentation the current global situation and WHO’s response. An expert from India will talk about her success in working on suicide prevention in communities in India. An expert from Japan will share Japan’s experience in successfully having decreased number of suicide deaths.  Main targets are policy makers and other key stakeholders engaged in national system and policy development.

    Resources

    mhGAP_Intervention Guide eng.pdf
    Public Health Action for the Prevention of Suicide eng.pdf
    Mental Health Action Plan 2013 - 2020 eng.pdf

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    High-level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) Series

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    Resources

    The World Bank Group on Disability
    UN Enable

    December 3, 2013






    For more details on individual sessions in this series, please visit the session pages linked in the sidebar.

    The UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) was held at the level of Heads of State and Government, with participation of the World Bank and other UN agencies, as well as more than 800 representatives of organizations of persons with disabilities, and the UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder, in the United Nations General Assembly, on September 23, 2013.

    Reaffirming the international community’s resolve in promoting the rights of all persons with disabilities, HLMDD adopted an outcome document stressing the need to ensure accessibility for and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of development and of giving them due consideration in the emerging post-2015 UN development agenda.

    Among other things, the outcome document underlined the need for “urgent action” by all stakeholders towards adoption and implementation of more ambitious disability-inclusive national development strategies with disability-targeted actions, backed by increased international cooperation and support.

    In the HLMDD Series, key focal points on disability from the World Bank, United Nations, JICA and an international NGO discussed highlights of the outcome document of HLMDD and the way forward beyond 2015 from respective perspective.

    Sessions:

    1. Ms. Anush Bezhanyan, Sector Manager, Social Protection & Labor, Human Development Network, The World Bank
    2. Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, DESA, United Nations
    3. Ms. Aleksandra Posarac, Country Sector Coordinator, Human Development, The World Bank
    4. Dr. Kenji Kuno, Senior Advisor (Social Welfare), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
    5. Ms. Venus Illagan, Secretary General, Rehabilitation International

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    Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis

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    Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers
    PFA_Field_Guide_E.pdf

    Inter-Agency Standing Committee
    Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
    IASC_mental_health.pdf

    Mental Health Gap Action Programme
    mhGAP Intervention Guide
    mhGAP_Intervention_Guide_E.pdf

    United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Development
    Outcome Document
    UNU_EGM_MWDD_2013.pdf

    The Facilitator’s Manual for Orienting Field Workers
    PFA Facilitators Manual for Orienting Field Workers.pdf

    The Sphere Project
    Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response
    The Sphere Handbook 2011

    Join the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network!
    (Community of Practice)
    mhpss.net

     






    Resources

    Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers_E.pdf
    IASC_Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.pdf


    Different kinds of crises such as war, natural disasters, accidents, fires and interpersonal violence including sexual and gender-based violence occur in the world. Although every person has strengths and abilities to cope with life challenges, mental health and psychosocial support can be beneficial in some cases.

    Cover of PFA Guide
    Cover of PFA Field Guide

    WHO in collaboration with its partners published “Psychological First Aid: Field Guide” (PFA Field Guide) in 2011 to provide an easy-to-understand guidance on what to do and what not to do when trying to support a fellow human being after going through a serious crisis event. The PFA Field Guide has been endorsed by the UN, UNICEF, UNHCRInternational Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Plan International, among others, and the UN Secretary General mandated the PFA training for human resources and security personnel in the UN worldwide. The PFA has been widely employed in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake.


    This 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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    Public Forum:A Society that Cares about Mental and Psychosocial Well-being in Emergency Settings

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    December 12, 2013

    Based on its experience from many disasters including the Hanshin-Awaji Great Earthquake and the Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan has rich and unique experience and expertise on mental and psychosocial support in crisis settings.

    PFA BookCover
    IASC BookCover

    The Japanese efforts are consistent with the international community’s consensus to integrate mental well-being into disaster response and disaster risk management. The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) PFA program aims at sharing the Japanese experience together with introducing key global policy/practical tools such as “WHO’s PFA Field Guide” and the “Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings” that are widely used international gold standards in the area.

    The Public Forum to be held in the UN House Tokyo, Japan, is open to the general public in Japan to provide an opportunity to learn basics of mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings, and to share their experience and have dialogues with international and national experts in mental health and psychosocial support in crisis situations.  

    Opening Remarks:

    Dr. Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, International Institute for Global Health, United Nations University (UNU)

    Welcome Remarks

    Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization (WHO)

    Keynote Lecture:

    Dr. Leslie Snider, Sr. Programme Advisor & Main Author, WHO PFA Field Guide, War Trauma Foundation

    Panelists:

    Dr. Leslie Snider, Sr. Programme Advisor, War Trauma Foundation
    Dr. Kim Yoshiharu, President, National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan
    Dr. Takashi Izutsu, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, TDLC, The World Bank
    Dr. Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, International Institute for Global Health, UNU
    Ryo Goto, Communication Officer, Plan Japan

    Closing Remarks:

    Dr. Kim Yoshiharu, President, National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

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    JSDF: Legal Aid in Jordan

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    Justice Center for Legal Aid (JCLA)
    The Law Protects You

    Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Application Process and "Enhancing Community-Driven Legal Aid Services" in Jordan

    Wednesday, October 30, 5:30pm-8:30pm (JST)

    The World Bank Global Partnerships and Trust Fund Operations Department in cooperation with the Tokyo Development Learning Center) and the World Bank Tokyo Office will hold the sixth Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Dialogue Series: “JSDF Application Process” and “Community-driven Legal Aid in Jordan” on October 30, 2013.

    In this two-part session, a Bank staff will first introduce the unique features of the JSDF and its application process and a representative from Save the Children Japan, an implementing organization of a JSDF-funded project in Mongolia, will provide some practical advice related to the JSDF application process. In the second part of the session, the overview of the JSDF project, “Enhancing Community-Driven Legal Aid Services to the Poor” in Jordan, as well as its innovative aspects of its preparation, planning, execution, lessons learned and results to date will be explained.

    Despite gradual introduction of reforms, the judiciary bodies and legal services in Jordan are still underdeveloped, particularly as regards services to the poorest communities. The JSDF “Enhancing Community-Driven Legal Aid Services to the Poor” project administered by the World Bank, is supporting legal empowerment of the most vulnerable persons by improving justice sector services, based on the priorities of these poor communities and by allowing them to participate actively in project execution and monitoring.

    Legal aid services are an important means to promote greater access to justice for poor persons.  When targeted properly, legal aid ensures that the poor are aware of the rules that affect them, and learn how to hold the legal system accountable for enforcing them. Legal aid also functions as a ‘gateway’ service, allowing beneficiaries to access other services, such as court proceedings, entitlements, social protection benefits, and so forth.  When designed and implemented effectively, legal aid can also play a role in promoting equality and inclusion of poor communities. 

    This four-year project is building the capacity of the Justice Center for Legal Aid, the largest legal aid provider in and around Amman, to deliver legal aid services in a more effective and sustainable manner to over 15,000 beneficiaries, increase accessibility to justice and give hope to the poorest communities.

    About the Justice Center for Legal Aid (JCLA):

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    Justice Center for Legal Aid (JCLA)
    The Law Protects You

    Testimonial by a project beneficiary:
    “The Justice Center for Legal Aid is the brother, the uncle and the father that stood beside me in my time of need. I will never forget what they did to help.” -Project Beneficiary

    About the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF)

    The Government of Japan and the World Bank established JSDF in June 2000, with the goal of providing grants to support community-driven development and poverty reduction projects that empower and directly improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable groups not reached by other programs. A unique and valued feature of the JSDF program is that it provides a platform for cooperation with non-governmental agencies and other local stakeholders in the development process. The Government of Japan has support over 300 social development programs and projects, up to the end of June 2013.

    Date and Time

    Wednesday, October 30, 5:30pm-8:30pm (JST)

    Venue

    The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center
    10F, Fukoku Seimei Bldg. 2-2-2 Uchisaiwai-cho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011

    Language

    English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

    Program


    17:30-18:30 The Role of JSDF
    18:30-19:00 Background of the Project in Jordan
    19:00-20:30 “Enhancing Community-Driven Legal Aid Services to the Poor”

    Registration

    Advance registration required (first-come-first-served).
    Please register online from here.
    Please refrain from using the contact form below to register for this session.

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    Final Session: “Learning from Megadisasters”

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    Presentation Materials:

    Federica_Ranghieri_presentation.pdf

    Mr._Tadao_Hasue_presentation.pdf

    Mr.Shingo_Kouchi_presentation.pdf

    Mr._Satoru_Mimura_presentation.pdf

    Ms._Mariko_Kinai_presentation.pdf

    Useful Links:

    How can we learn from megadisasters?

    Friday, October 18, 2013 (2pm-5pm)

    The World Bank and Japan started the project “Learning from Megadisasters” in October 2011. The project aims to share Japan’s knowledge on disaster risk management (DRM) and post disaster reconstruction with countries vulnerable to disasters. The project is collecting and analyzing information, data, and evaluations performed by academic and research institutions, nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, and the private sector. It covers activities of knowledge exchange, fostering cooperation with Japan and the developing countries by utilizing “Knowledge Notes: lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake” and other products.

    The lessons assist capacity building of policy makers and practitioners by disseminating information through study tours, reports, workshops, e-learning, seminars organized through Global Development Learning Network, and Community of Practice (internet-based knowledge sharing site). In this seminar, project outcomes will be reported.

    At the seminar participants will discuss:
    • How is each organization sharing lessons from the GEJE with the World?
    • How can the country utilize these lessons to strengthen DRM?
    • How should Japan share the lessons from the GEJE with the world?

    Agenda

    2:00 pm Opening

    Yasusuke Tsukagoshi, Special Representative, Tokyo Office, The World Bank
    Ichiro Oishi, Ministry of Finance, Development Institutions Division

    2:20 pm Project Report

    Frederica Rangheri, Senior Urban Development Specialist, The World Bank Institute

    10 minute break

    2:50 - 4:50 pm Panel Discussion

    Shingo Kouchi, International Recovery Platform
    Mariko Kiuchi, World Vision Japan
    Kozo Nagami, JICA Tohoku
    Tadao Hasue and Kumi Onuma, Development Bank of Japan Inc.
    Satoru Mimura, Fukushima University

    4:50 pm Closing

    Frederica Rangheri

    MC: Mikio Ishiwatari, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, WBI

    Organizer

    The World Bank

    Date

    Friday, October, 18, 2013

    Venue

    Tokyo Development Learning Center

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    Toward A Global Framework on Disaster Nursing: Lessons Learned from Asian Countries

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    WB TDLC and Asia Conference on Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Joint Panel Discussion

    October 24, 2013 15:00-17:30

    ACEM 2013
    Mr. Fathoni presenting during the session.

    The Asia Pacific region is one of the most disaster prone regions in the world. The increasing number and diversity of natural and technological disasters pose severe physical and mental health threats resulting in a high number of deaths, injuries, illnesses, health system damage, personal suffering, and high economic costs. On the other hand, disasters, in spite of the adversity and challenges they create, provide openings to transform or strengthen health systems, health policies and programs, and community resilience.

    In such disaster situations, various health workers play key roles. Nursing is one of the most important and critical components in disaster health. Nurses often are the first, closest, most accessible and sustainable contacts for affected populations. In addition, nurses often play coordination roles and/or contribute to policy and system development. However, disaster nursing has a tendency of being marginalized in the international discourse despite its importance and impact on health, human rights and poverty alleviation.

    ACEM participants
    Participants at TDLC.

    This panel discussion will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art global frameworks for disaster nursing in the broader context of health system strengthening, and then examine on-the-ground experiences from Japan, India, Indonesia, and Thailand for future policy and program implications. The panelists will discuss about the successes and failures and current gaps in both practical and policy/program arenas, and explore options for better services, collaboration and mutual support in Asia and beyond for the future. During the panel discussion, three countries will be connected via video-conferencing for live interaction among participants in all connecting countries.

    Venue:

    The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), Japan

    Connecting Sites:

    India, Philippines, and Thailand

    Panelists:

    Kathleen Fritsch, Regional Advisor in Nursing, Regional Office for the Western Pacific, The World Health Organization
    Midori Matsuzuki, Executive Officer, Japanese Nursing Association
    Yoko Kawatani, Certified Nurse for Emergency Care, Aichi Medical University
    T.S. Ravi Kumar, Professor, Head of Emergency Nursing, College of Nursing, Christian Medical College Vellore, India
    Mukhamad Fathoni, Faculty of Medicine, University of Brawijaya, Indoesia
    Orapan Thosingha, Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University & Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network (APEDNN), Thailand

    Moderators:

    Takashi Izutsu, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center
    Mieko Ishii, Associate Professor, Kitasato University

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    Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Financing and Inclusive Growth

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    Presentation Materials: Seminar 1

    Presentation Mr. Eric Duflos.pdf
    Presentation Mr. Liu Xiaoqiang.pdf
    Presentation Mr. Takatoshi Miura.pdf

    Presentation Materials: Seminar 2

    Presentation Mr. Jose de Luna Martinez.pdf
    Presentation Mr. Liu Xiaoqiang.pdf
    Presentation Mr. Dongsoo Kang.pdf

    AFDC Distance Learning Seminar Series

    Seminar 1: September 11, 12:00-14:00 (JST), 2013
    Seminar 2: November 7, 10:30AM-12:30 (JST), 2013*
    *Please note that the starting time has changed.

    MSMEs are key drivers of economic growth, job creation and inclusive growth. However, access to finance, especially for MSMEs, remains largely limited in most emerging markets. Financing has been a long-time problem for MSMEs, which restrains them from sustainable development in the long run. The World Bank Enterprise Surveys and Investment Climate Surveys consistently note that MSMEs are 30% more likely than large firms to rate financing constraints as a major obstacle to their development and growth. Thus it is a common challenge for all the governments and financial institutions to address the issue of how to provide sufficient financing support, how to expand financing access and how to innovate financing pattern to promote sustainable development for MSMEs.
    In order to promote inclusive growth, MSMEs financing, a pressing issue for all nations, especially for developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region, needs to be addressed by joint efforts of the governments, financial institutions and enterprises to enhance innovation in financial systems, products and services, and to improve the sustainable development of MSMEs. 
    The Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC) is established by the Chinese government aiming to strengthen institutional capacity building in the areas of finance and development for the developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region. MSMEs financing has been one of the focuses of AFDC’s capacity building programs and a number of training workshops and seminars on this topic has been organized by AFDC in recent years. AFDC wishes to further share related experience on this issue among the developing economies in the region to promote cooperation and inclusive development in the region.

    Objective

    In order to summarize and share experience on“MSME Financing and Inclusive Growth”, AFDC plans to launch a series of VC seminars in 2013 in collaboration with the World Bank and other GDLN affiliates to tackle the challenges in MSMEs financing to promote the inclusive growth.

    Target audience

    • Policy makers from central & local government agencies, especially central banks and other related financial agencies.
    • Representatives from civil society, academia, and private sector.
    • Staff from the financial and development agencies.

    Schedule

    Seminar 1 September 11

    MSMEs Financing for Inclusive Growth: Challenges and Policy Framework

    Session 1: 12:05-12:40

    The framework and global perspective with Q&A
    Mr. Eric Duflos, CGAP Regional Representative for East Asia Pacific

    Session 2: 12:40-13:15

    China’s experience with Q&A
    Mr. Liu Xiaoqiang(Scott), Senior Project Manager, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center, MOF

    Session 3: 13:15-13:50

    Japan’s experience with Q&A
    Mr. Takatoshi Miura, Director, Finance Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency

    Session 4:13:50-14:00

    Wrapping up

    Seminar 2 November 7

    Innovations in MSME Financing: Institutions and Products/Approaches

    Welcome Remarks: 10:30-10:35

    Moderator Ms. Ting Shu from Shanghai, China

    Session 1: 10:35-11:10

    The framework and global perspective with Q&A
    Speaker Mr. Jose de Luna Martinez, Senior Financial Economist, World Bank

    Session 2: 11:10-11:45

    China’s experience with Q&A
    Speaker Mr. Liu Xiaoqiang, Senior Project Manager, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center, MOF, PRC

    Session 3: 11:45-12:20

    Korea’s experience with Q&A
    Mr. Kang Dongsoo, Director/Vice President, Department ofFinancial Policy, Korea Development Institute

    Wrap up: 12:20-12:30

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    Science and Policy of Climate Change 2013

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    A Blended Distance Learning Course

    September 13~December 16, 2013

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    Background

    Few issues pose a greater challenge to economic prosperity and human security than climate change. It represents one of the biggest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet.

    This twelve-week, blended learning program has been jointly developed by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), in collaboration with the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC).

    The program follows an interdisciplinary approach and is enriched by audio, video, and interactive web-based content. It uses the latest information and communication technology (ICT) tools and techniques and employs a unique format of learning through video conferencing by utilizing the facilities of Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) - an initiative started and developed by the World Bank in 2000.

    Objectives

    • Build capacities of individuals and organizations for a better understanding of climate change dynamics;
    • Evolve an interdisciplinary approach towards understanding the various challenges posed by climate change; and
    • Provide participants an opportunity to demonstrate functional knowledge of the core issues of climate change through analysis and diagnosis of real-world problems.

    Learning outcomes

    After completion of the program, the participants will be able to:

    • Develop a holistic understanding of the climate-change problem, which can potentially affect all dimensions of life (business, society, environment, etc);
    • Acquire technical skills required to address problems with respect to the varied dimensions of climate change;
    • Identify, create, and reflect upon ‘integrated approaches’ and appropriate interventions that may lead to taking necessary action and coping with climate change; and
    • Put theory into practice by
    • Applying science into policy making;
    • Exploring the risks and opportunities for business;
    • Formulating sound strategies for adaptation and mitigation; and
    • Understanding the interface between development and climate change.

    Target audience

    The program has been customized for:

    • Development practitioners
    • Policy makers
    • Corporate sector
    • Graduates and mid-level professionals

    The participants should have:

    • Proficiency in English language; and
    • Strong commitment and subject interest

    Program approach

    The program will commence with an introductory videoconference session that will provide an overview of the course structure and the core concepts.

    The 12-week program will consist of four learning modules spread over three weeks each. The duration of each module will be 20-25 learning hours. The program will be delivered through a blended learning format comprising video-recorded lectures, academic articles and multimedia among others. It will be made available through the Moodle learning management system.

    In order to ascertain assimilation, the participants will be evaluated on

    • Participation in activities (20%):
    • Discussion Forum
    • Videoconferences/Webinars
    • Participant Feedback
    • Intermediate tests (30%)
    • Final assignment (50%)

    Note: Those who cannot watch live streaming can see the recorded version.

    At the end of the program, there will be a concluding videoconference during which a synthesis of the concepts presented throughout the course modules will be provided. The session will also summarize key themes and present the way forward.

    Program content


    Module 1: Science of climate change: Fundamental concepts related to the science of climate dynamics, natural forcing of the climate system, greenhouse effect, natural and anthropogenic drivers of climate change, methods and tools to detect changes in the climate, modeling, observed changes in the climate and causes behind climate change, scientific evidence of climate change, and so on. 

    Module 2: Impacts of climate change: Impacts of climate change on different sectors and regions of the world. 

    Module 3: Coping with climate change: Potential to harm societies and ecosystems, in particular, agriculture, forestry, water resources, human health, coastal settlements and natural ecosystems. This module will cover the following topics: 

    • Vulnerability assessment
    • Concept of adaptation
    • Types of adaptation
    • Costs of coping with climate change

    Module 4: Action and political economy:

    • Negotiations, including the outcomes of the recent COP18 to the UNFCCC;
    • Climate-change policies such as those promoting low-carbon technologies or lifestyle changes in key mitigation sectors; and
    • Linking the negotiations with public policy, looking back at developments at COP18.

    Certification

    On successful completion of the program, the participants will be awarded a joint certificate from TERI, IGES and TDLC.

    Schedule

    Activity Dates
    Registration 01 Aug to 31 Aug ‘13
    Introductory VC session 13 Sep ‘13
    Module 1 (including VC) 18 Sep to 09 Oct ‘13
    Module 2 (including VC) 10 Oct to 31 Oct ‘13
    Module 3 (including VC) 01 Nov to 21 Nov ‘13
    Module 4 (including VC) 22 Nov to 13 Dec ‘13
    Concluding VC session 16 Dec ‘13

    Registration fees

    US$ 250 per participant.
    20-40% scholarship may be offered to undergraduate students, unemployed and low income participants.
    To apply, contact the program coordinator at SPCC at spcc@esdonline.org

    How to Apply

    Online registration at: http://www.esdonline.org/spcc/


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    JSDF: “Habope” in the Future of Sierra Leone

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    Have Hope in the Future: The Rapid Response Growth Poles, a Community-based Livelihood and Food-Support Program

    Friday, August 2, 6:00pm-8:00pm (JST)
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    The World Bank’s Global Partnerships and Trust Fund Operations Department in cooperation with the Tokyo Development Learning Center) and the World Bank Tokyo Office will hold the fifth Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Dialogue Series on August 2, 2013.

    This session will highlight the achievements of one of the JSDF’s projects in Sierra Leone, The Rapid Response Growth Poles: Community-Based Livelihood and Food-Support Program (HABOPE) project by bringing together key stakeholders involved in the project. This seminar will present an overview of the preparation, implementation, and early results, with a strong focus on community driven-development and social accountability as tools to empower whole villages through Cash for Work (CfW) and Food for Work (FfW) mechanisms.

    The HABOPE Project, which means “Have Hope” in Creole, is an Emergency Window project funded by JSDF to counteract the negative effects caused by the food, fuel and financial crises. These crises have affected the most vulnerable in Sierra Leone where more than half of the population live below the poverty line with per capita expenditures at approximately US$0.60 per day (2011 estimates).

    The implementing agency, the National Commission for Social Action, and the beneficiaries, who will primarily join the session via video conferencing from their respective project location(s), will address the challenges they faced before the project and describe how the project has succeeded in using CfW and FfW methodologies which are not only generating income but improving food security and supporting livelihoods in a sustainable way.

    The JSDF emergency project in Sierra Leone has two objectives: (i) to reduce hunger and deprivation in two of the poorest districts: Koinadugu and Tonkolili which were directly affected by the global economic crisis and recent drought and flooding in the Seli River area; and (ii) to restore livelihoods, sustain services, and enhance local capacities through rapid response growth poles activities.

    About the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF)
    The Government of Japan and the World Bank established JSDF in June 2000, with the goal of providing grants to support community-driven development and poverty reduction projects that empower and directly improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable groups not reached by other programs. A unique and valued feature of the JSDF program is that it provides a platform for cooperation with non-governmental agencies and other local stakeholders in the development process. The Government of Japan has support over 300 social development programs and projects, up to the end of June 2013.

    Date and Time

    Friday, August 2, 6:00pm-8:00pm (JST)

    Venue

    The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center
    10F, Fukoku Seimei Bldg. 2-2-2 Uchisaiwai-cho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011

    Language

    English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

    Registration

    Advance registration required (first-come-first-served).
    Please register online from here.
    Please refrain from using the contact form below to register for this session.

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    Session 2: Filling the Data Gap with Participatory Mapping for Effective Disaster Preparedness

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    Summary
    Session_2_Summary.pdf


    Presentation Materials

    Ms._Kate_Chapman_(Indonesia).pdf
    Dr._Agus_Wibowo_(Indonesia).pdf
    Dr._Nurwadjedi_(Indonesia).pdf

    Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific Distance Learning Seminar Series 2013

    June 18, 2013 12:00-15:00 (JST)

    Background

    Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Jakarta, a megacity with a population of more than 8.5 million, is frequently affected by flooding. For example, the 2007 floods affected more than a half million inhabitants, and caused more than US$900 million worth of damages and losses. 

    Effective disaster risk management (DRM) requires robust data to inform decisions about investments in preparedness and response. However, at the local level, high resolution information is rarely available. By using an OpenStreetMap tools, a pilot project in Indonesia has collected high-resolution data in six provinces including Jakarta to inform flood preparedness and contingency planning led by the local government’s Disaster Management Agency, with the help of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Australian Aid Agency (AusAid) and the World Bank. The data was used in an impact analysis and in the 2011/2012 Jakarta contingency emergency planning exercise. Going forward, the risk information can be used by decision-makers in preparedness and response, development and investment planning.

    Learning Objectives

    This session will then demonstrate how participatory mapping has been used by the Government of Indonesia in contingency planning and Damage and Loss Assessment working with the OpenStreetMap (OSM) tools and community, and how the data was integrated into the national database.
      
    After attending the session, participants will be able to:

    • Understand new tools for participatory mapping using web GIS technologies, how they work and how they can be used in different DRM projects.
    • How a Government entity can benefits from working with the community to acquire high resolution baseline data, but also raise awareness and build trust with the community.
    • Analyze challenges in the implementation of participatory mapping in DRM projects and how to tackle those challenges.

    Agenda and key issues to present and discuss

    • Opening (Introduction of participants and objectives)
    • Presenting OSM tools, sharing experiences on using OSM tools and working with the community to acquire data for disaster preparedness and responses, and sharing experience on how challenges raised by crowdsourcing methodology were tackled.
    • Q&A and general discussion
    • Conclusions

    Target Audience

    Specific group of people who would benefit from this session are working in DRM in various types of organizations in EAP countries such as:

    • National and sub-national government officials,
    • International and local organizations,
    • Academics,
    • NGOs, civil society groups,
    • Practitioners including World Bank staff and other donor staff in country

    Presenters

    From Indonesia

    Kate Chapman
    Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
    OpenStreetMap (OSM) Tools for Community Participatory Mapping

    Dr. Agus Wibowo, Head of Data Division, Center for Data, Information, and Public Relation
    National Agency for Disaster Management/BNPB
    Practice of Data Collection through Participatory Mapping
     
    Dr. Nurwadjedi, Head of Centre for Thematic Mapping and Integration
    Information and Geospatial Agency/BIG
    One Map Policy:  Integrating local data into national database

     

    Moderator

    Kristy Van Putten
    Spatial Analyst/Data Manager
    Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction (AIFDR)

    Language

    VC Session uses English. (Simultaneous translation can be arranged if it is requested to TDLC in advance.)

    Delivery of the program

    The session will be a 3-hour interactive session using Video Conference technology.

    Live Streaming via Internet will be also available. URL:
    http://www.jointokyo.org/en/programs/catalogue/drm2013/

    - To view webcasting, participants will need a PC with internet access, Windows Media Player Version 10.0. and PC speakers.
    - Webcasting will start 10 minutes before the session.

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    9th Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT 9)

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    A Blended Distance Learning Course

    July-November 2013

    Accepting applications for MFTOT 10 from December 1, 2014.
    Please visit the course page for more details.

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    Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)  are pleased to announce the 9th delivery of the Microfinance Training of Trainers course (MFTOT9) from July to November 2013.

    MFTOT9 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.

    *Please note that we are no longer accepting registrations for MFTOT 9. To view the MFTOT9 course website, please check here.

    Background

    Microfinance is recognized as an effective development intervention that enhances access to financial services by low-income individuals. The Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT) Course was initially jointly sponsored by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) in 2005. The interactive microfinance distance learning course (MFDL) developed by UNCDF is the core learning material for study. This course has received high rating from participants and become popular in many countries.

    Over the past seven years, eight courses were successfully delivered in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. Over 2,000 participants conducted self-study using the interactive e-Learning package, attended videoconference sessions, received online tutoring for 11 assignments and took part in the final exam. Among them, a total of 893 in 55 countries were accredited to become a fully certified trainer of the UNCDF MFDL course. Top 30 graduates who are located in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Ghana, India, Japan, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malawi, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, PNG, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam were engaged to work as tutors for the courses.

    Since 2007, the course materials (workbook and interactive CD-ROM) have been translated from English into several local languages such as Chinese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Mongolian, and Bahasa Indonesia.

    The ADBI and TDLC, joined by a new partner of China Development Bank (CDB) since MFTOT8 to support participants in African countries, are pleased to announce the ninth delivery of the Microfinance Training of Trainers course (MFTOT9) from July to November 2013.

    Goals and Objectives

    MFTOT9 continues to pursue its goal of strengthening the institutional capacity of microfinance in the Asia-Pacific region and African region by making high-quality microfinance training accessible to more decision-makers, professionals and practitioners in the field of microfinance as well as increasing the number and country coverage of accredited microfinance trainers in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

    Course Content

    The course consists of 3 modules and special topics in microfinance.

    At the end of Module I (The World of Microfinance), participants will be able to:

    • Describe fundamental concepts in microfinance
    • Design client-focused services
    • Apply effective microcredit methodologies
    • Describe the effects of the local environment on microfinance

    At the end of Module II (Financial Analysis), participants will be able to:

    • Read financial statements
    • Measure delinquency
    • Identify key financial factors
    • Identify effective interest rate practices
    • Measure financial viability

    At the end of Module III (Institutional Analysis), participants will be able to:

    • Gauge institutional viability
    • Strengthen relations between donors and microfinance institutions

    Through interaction with experts during videoconference sessions on Special Topics in microfinance, participants will be able to broaden their understanding of key issues in microfinance.

    Course Description

    The course features a unique, blended approach consisting of:

    1. Self-paced study using the Microfinance Distance Learning (MFDL) package developed by UNCDF. The package is also available online.
    2. Online tutoring and e-discussion. Tutors will assist participants throughout the course in completing course assignments through grading and feedback. Online discussions will be moderated by the team leader of tutors.
    3. Meeting with international microfinance experts through four 3-hour videoconference sessions at selected GDLN centers. The videoconference sessions will feature presentations and discussions on current issues and best practices in microfinance..
    4. Local courses in selected countries will be available during the same time period.

    Target Audience

    This course is aimed primarily at development practitioners, microfinance professionals, policy makers, donor staff, socially responsible investors, students, and others who want to improve their knowledge of best practices in microfinance.

    Participants who wish to develop their skills in delivering microfinance training and become fully certified trainers of the UNCDF course can earn accreditation by completing all weekly assignments and the final examination for this course.

    Two Types of Certificate and Accreditation of Trainers

    Statistics of previous courses showed that submission of assignments and receiving online tutoring help participants to master the knowledge of best practice of microfinance. Since MFTOT5, submission of assignments to a designated tutor has become mandatory for all participants. Two types of certificate will be available for participants depending on their learning objectives, level of commitment and performance.

    Completion Certificate: Those who do not plan to become a certified trainer can earn a course completion certificate by completing the course assignments. They don’t need to take the final exam. Course assignments may be submitted in local language if the local language version of CD-ROM and a country tutor are available. The learning material translation has been undertaken in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Thailand and Viet Nam.

    Accreditation Certificate: The accreditation is an important element of the course offering, and has great impact on the institutional capacity building for microfinance sector. Course participants can earn this certificate and become a fully certified trainer of the UNCDF MFDL course by completing all assignments and final exam in English with quality up to a standard.

    *Certificates will be issued electronically in PDF.

    Course Fee

    The MFTOT9 courses will be sponsored jointly by ADBI, CDB and TDLC. Participants need to pay a course fee to receive learning materials and online tutoring. The revenue of participants’ fees is used to cover partially the operational costs.

    To meet increasing demand to deliver this high quality learning program, we have introduced new participation fee structure since MFTOT7. A full course fee is USD 300. Participants in less developed and middle-income countries will receive financial supports from the course sponsors and organizers.

    • US$50 for participants in least developed countries (“IDA” or “Blend” category in the link)
    • US$150 for participants in middle-income countries (“IBRD” category except for “High-income economies”)
    • US$300 for all the other countries (all the other countries except for above)

    Country classifications can be found here.

    *Please note that country is based on participant’s residence/location, not his/her nationality.

    Requirements of Participation

    To successfully complete the course, participants should have:

    • English proficiency. Videoconference sessions and final examination will be conducted in English. For participants who wish to receive the accreditation certificate, English proficiency is crucial.
    • Strong commitment and self-discipline. The course will require between 10-20 hours of self-study per week, depending on the participant’s background in microfinance and language proficiency.
    • Support from employer. To ensure that participants can devote enough time to the course activities, we encourage participants to seek endorsement from their employers.

    In addition, participants will need:

    • A computer with 486 processor using Windows 95 or later, a CD-ROM drive, speakers or earphones, monitor of 800x600 resolution and at least 256 colors.
    • An e-mail account

    Important Dates for Videoconference

    VC#1: July 11 (Thursday), 2013
    VC#2: Aug 1 (Thursday), 2013
    VC#3: Sep 2 (Monday), 2013
    VC#4: Oct 23 (Wednesday), 2013

     

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    6th Delivery of Happy Mothers, Happy Children

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    Blended Learning Program to Train Nurses and Health Care Specialists in Mongolia

    March 28, 2013

    imageTokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), Kitasato University and Mongolia Nurses Association delivered the 6th blended learning program to train nurses and other health care specialists in Mongolia on March 28, 2013.  This full-day program covered mental health nursing, and was delivered to over 500 participants at five sites in Ulaan Bataar in Mongolia.

    Venue

      Health Sciences University of Mongolia
      Mongolia Japan Center for Human Resources Development
      Darkhan-Uul Medical College
      Govi-altai Medical College
      Dorno Gob Medical College
      Tokyo Development Learning Center

    Related Links

    For details on first program, see Mother and Child Healthcare Program Launched in Mongolia.

    See Mongolian Nurses Inspire Collaboration to find out how this program was developed.


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    The organizers would like to thank Jeeyeon Seo (World Bank Institute) for designing the logo for this program.

     

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    Policies for Job Creation

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    Presentation file Dr. Jin Feng

    Prof._Jin_Feng_(China).pdf

    Presentation file Mr. Masahiko Hayashi

    Mr._Hayashi_(Japan).pdf

    Presentation file Mr. Martin Rama
    Mr._Rama_(India).pdf

    AFDC Distance Learning Seminar Series 2013

    Seminar 1: Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:30-14:00 (JST)
    Seminar 2: Monday, June 24, 2013 11:30-14:00 (JST)

    Chinese factory workersFactory workers in China. 
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    Background

    Full employment is one of the most important objectives of a well-functioning macro economy in a country. The current global economic crisis has resulted in high unemployment rate which, if not well dealt with, would affect the social stability and economic development. According to “Global Employment Outlook”, the current global youth unemployment rate is 12.7%, which will maintain an upward trend in the next five years. Therefore, it is a common challenge for all the governments to address the issues of how to create jobs and promote economic prosperity.

    There are many policy options to create jobs. In addition to traditional employment creation policy options of increasing labor market flexibility, reforming regulations for employment protection and improving the investment climate, the government can alleviate the unemployment problem through encouraging and strengthening entrepreneurship. Each country may have a unique mix of policies to solve the problem of unemployment. It is very important for developing economies to understand and make employment policies according to the actual situations in their respective countries.

    Objective

    Participants will learn about policy frameworks for job creation and will have an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas and experience on the topic.

    Target audience

    Policy makers from ministries of labor, manpower, education, trade and science and technology, etc.
    Representatives from civil society, academia, and private sector.

    Seminar Schedule

    Seminar 1:
    Policies for Labor Market: Overview and Principles
    Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013

    11:30-12:00 Session 1:The framework and global perspective
    12:00-12:30 Session 2: China’s experience
    12:30-13:00 Session 3: Japan’s experience
    13:00-14:00 Session 4: Interaction and Discussion (Q&A)

    Seminar 2:
    Nurturing Entrepreneurship: Framework and Approaches
    Date: Monday, June 24, 2013

    11:30-12:00 Session 1: The framework and global perspective
    12:00-12:30 Session 2: China’s experience
    12:30-13:00 Session 3: Korea’s experience
    13:00-14:00 Session 4: Interaction and Discussion (Q&A)

    *Please note: TDLC will not be hosting Seminar 2. We are NOT accepting registrations for this event. 

    A live webcast will be available on the day and time of the event.
    Please see below.

    Speakers

    SEMINAR 1:
    Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
    China:
    Jin FENG, Professor, Head, School of Economics, Fudan University

    Japan:
    Masahiko HAYASHI, Deputy Director, ILO Office in Japan

    The World Bank:
    Martin RAMA, World Bank South Asia Region Chief Economist and Lead Author of the 2013 World Development Report

    SEMINAR 2:
    Date: Monday, June 24, 2013
    China

    Mr. Wang Yanzhong Director General, Research Center for Labor and Social Security, Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS);Director General and Professor, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of CASS

    Co-Sponsors:

    The World Bank
    Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC)
    Tokyo Development Learning Center
    KDI School of Public Policy and Management

    Registration

    Please register for this event by using the form below.
    *Please note: TDLC will not be hosting Seminar 2. We are NOT accepting registrations for this event.

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    Lessons from the Reconstruction Efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake:

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    Joint Seminar by the ILO-Japan and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center

    Date: Friday, 15 March 2013  
    Time: 15:00~17:00 (JST)

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    Debris are collected and sorted before recycling outside an elementary school in Sendai, Japan. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie, World Bank

    The massive earthquake that hit Eastern Japan on March 11, 2011 and the subsequent tsunami left devastation in its wake, but it also shed light on many valuable lessons that may contribute to future reconstruction efforts in and outside of Japan.

    In June 2012, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the government of Japan (GoJ) agreed to a new framework for cooperation, the “Framework for Cooperation by ILO/Japan Fund for Dissemination of Employment and Labour Measures for Recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake as International Public Resources” with the aim of bringing together the expertise of the ILO with the experience and know-how gained by Japan in dealing with the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. As part of this ongoing effort to compile, analyze, and distribute information on how employment and labour measures can support disaster recovery, experts from Asia will gather in Iwate for an international symposium on March 13-14, 2013, to exchange knowledge and experiences from the recovery process compiled up to this point.

    This joint seminar prepared by the ILO Office in Japan and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center will focus on the collaborative reconstruction efforts between international organizations and the GoJ by sharing the outcome of the international symposium in Iwate and reporting on the World Bank-GoJ “Learning from Megadisasters” project.

    Program:

    Presentation 1

    “Reconstruction efforts from Natural Disaster and its effects on employment issues” – Outcomes of the ILO/Japan Project and the International Symposium in Iwate
    Ms. Shukuko Koyama, CRISIS specialist, ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

    Presentation 2

    “Japan as One” Work Project
    Mr. Toyomu Nakano, Deputy Director, International Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of. Health, Labour and Welfare

    Presentation 3

    Sharing national disaster responses and reconstruction experiences
    Speakers from the Philippines, Indonesia, and New Zealand (tbc)

    Presentation 4

    “Japan-World Bank Knowledge Exchange/Knowledge Sharing Joint Project” focused on labor issues (video recording)
    Mr. Mikio Ishiwatari, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, the World Bank

    Q&A Session

    Date:

    Friday, 15 March 2013  

    Time:

    15:00~17:00

    Place:

    Tokyo Development Learning Center, World Bank, Fukoku-seimei Bldg. 10F, Uchisaiwai-cho 2-2-2, Tokyo

    Language:

    English and Japanese

    Application:

    Please apply by using the contact form below by March 12, 2013

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    KDI-Development Case Study Series 2013: Rural Development Series

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    The video of this session can be viewed on the KDI School website. 

    Session 3: Reforestation

    Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
    Time: 11:30-14:00

    Program Description:

    Reforestation can be used to improve the quality of human life by soaking up pollution and dust from the air, rebuilding natural habitats and ecosystems, and mitigating global warming. Forest restoration results in increased absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and harvesting of resources, particularly timber, leading to the sustainable growth.

    In order to promote knowledge sharing in the field of reforestation, KDI School organizes this VC seminar in collaboration with the World Bank and other GDLN affiliates. This is the third session of Rural Development Series after the first session on “Rural Community Development” and the second session on “Enhancing Agricultural Productivity” were held in 2012. It is designed to reduce poverty and increase sustainable growth mainly in EAP region and beyond.

    During Session 3, reforestation experiences of Korea and the World Bank will be shared with participants. The participants will learn how reforestation could contribute to promoting sustainable and broad-based development, as well as share best practices for reforestation in different countries.

    Learning Objective:

    Compare and analyze the case study examples to develop appropriate strategies for an effective reforestation policy in your respective country.

    Moderator:

    Prof. Victor Hsu, Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School), Korea

    Speakers:

    Prof. Kyung Joon Lee, Seoul National University

    Mr. Hiroshi Nakata, Technical Advisor to the Director General of Forestry Administration, the Royal Government of Cambodia

    Discussant:

    Prof. Dong Young Kim, Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School), Korea

    Organizer:

    - Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School)
    With cooperation of The World Bank

    Target audience:

    - Government officials, researchers, experts (particularly from EAP and South Asian countries), in the field of rural development and environment
    - Participants may be from a wide range of fields (government, private firms, academia, NGO, etc.)

    Language:

    English

    Participants:

    30 people (registration will be closed after capacity is reached)

    Fee:

    Free

    Registration:

    Advance registration required. Please register by sending us an email or using the form below, indicating your name, organization, telephone number, e-mail address and which session you wish to attend.

    About the KDI-Development Case Study Series 2013

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

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    JSDF: Community Monitoring in Burkina Faso

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    World Bank Public Seminar "Burkina Faso: Community Monitoring for Better Health and Education Service Delivery"

    Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
    Time: 6:00-8:00 pm (JST)

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    The World Bank’s Global Partnerships and Trust Fund Operations (CFPTO) Department in cooperation with the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the World Bank Tokyo Office will hold the fourth Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Dialogue Series on February 28, 2013.

    This session will highlight the achievements of one of the JSDF’s projects in Burkina Faso, the Community Monitoring for Better Health and Education Service Delivery (CMP) by bringing together key stakeholders involved in the project. Responding to participants’ requests in previous sessions, this seminar will focus on Monitoring and Evaluation and impact evaluation (IE). It will discuss the results of the baseline survey (household, health facility, primary school, and social capital modules), operational implications the research plan and the design of the IE. The CMP’s implementing agency Institut Superiéur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP) and the beneficiaries, who will primarily join the session via video conferencing from their respective project location(s), will address the challenges they faced before the project and describe how the project has succeeded in improving social accountability at the local level by engaging various stakeholders and integrating elected government officials, NGOs, local committees, and illiterate members of the community in building lasting coalitions among themselves. The community monitoring exercises were designed to include the poorest and most vulnerable groups such as illiterate members of the community and helped them develop the necessary skills to voice their demands and opinions to their local service providers and government officials.

    In Burkina Faso, despite successful development outcomes at the macro level in recent years, service delivery at the decentralized level, especially in the social sectors, remains poor. The top-down governance system in Burkina has left little room for robust civil society and community engagements. The World Bank, with funding from JSDF, launched the CMP project aimed at increasing the quantity and quality of health and education services by empowering individuals and communities through capacity-building and coalition-building, increasing transparency and accountability of service providers.

    To provide high-quality evidence on project impact through community driven development (CDD) and on the mechanisms through which these are achieved, the CMP includes an experimental IE. The IE will empirically answer four primary research questions. First, what are the impacts of community monitoring on health and education service delivery and on human development outcomes? Second, do these impacts differ across health and education services? Third, how does the level of social capital within communities affect these outcomes? Fourth, does the intervention build informal institutions (social capital)?

    About the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF)

    The Government of Japan and the World Bank established JSDF in June 2000, with the goal of providing grants to support community-driven development and poverty reduction projects that empower and directly improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable groups not reached by other programs.  A unique and valued feature of the JSDF program is that it provides a platform for cooperation with non-governmental agencies and other local stakeholders in the development process. The Government of Japan has support over 300 social development programs and projects, up to the end of June 2012.

    Date and Time

    Thursday, February 28, 6:00pm-8:00pm (JST)

    Venue

    The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)
    10F, Fukoku Seimei Bldg. 2-2-2 Uchisaiwai-cho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011

    Language:

    French and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

    Registration:

    Advance registration required (first-come-first-served).
    Please register online using the contact form below.

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    Policies and Practices for Natural Resource Management

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    A Blended Distance Learning Course

    14 March – 31 May 2013
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    Natural resource management is a key to sustainable development, and it is of interest for all nations. It requires proper understanding of policies and practices for solving problems and issues associated with managing the natural resources to achieve both environmentally and socially sustainable development. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), with support from the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are pleased to announce the Blended Distance Learning Course, “Policies and Practices for Natural Resource Management” on 14 March – 31 May 2013.

    Background

    Natural resource management issues have been at the center of policy debates as well environmental justice movements. Development requires not only better global economic conditions but also a cleaner environment, with sustainable use of natural resources such as land, water, soil, energy and minerals and their security at both the global and national level including availability, affordability and accessibility to all. Natural resource exploitation and economic activities have played a role in fueling many violent conflicts. Trans-boundary environmental and economic cooperation, and transparent natural resource management, can be operationalized to support governance processes and also promote peace.

    This twelve week blended learning program will unpack some of key policies and practices related to natural resource management for sustainable development. The program follows an interdisciplinary approach and is enriched by audio, video, and interactive web-based content. It uses the latest information and communication technology (ICT) tools and techniques and also employs a unique format of learning through video conferencing by utilizing the facilities of Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) - an initiative started and developed by the World Bank in 2000.

    This program has been developed by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in collaboration with the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC). Global perspective to the course content has been also contributed by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

    Objectives

    • A holistic understanding of the nature and issues in natural resource management;
    • Discuss ways for strengthening of regional cooperation and networks (political, technical, civil society etc.) for sustainable natural resource management; and
    • Contribute towards efforts at fostering South-South knowledge exchange and encourage collaboration through formal and informal networking with other organizations and partners.

    Learning Outcomes

    The Broad expected learning outcomes are:
    • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and a holistic understanding of policies and practices for natural resource management in the context of sustainable development;
    • Knowledge about issues of resource security;
    • Apply their knowledge and understanding, and problem-solving abilities, to independently identify basic natural resource problems that affect the development process from multidisciplinary perspectives;
    • Identify appropriate interventions and approaches to address multi-faceted challenges of trade and natural resources and their linkages with sustainable development;
    • Formulate research questions about the effects of natural resource utilization on development and identify and analyze specific development needs pertaining to sustainable development and natural resource management;
    • Be able to apply the learning of policies and practices constructively in their jobs; and
    • By the end of the course, each participant will finalize a brief Action Plan outlining the goals, outputs and activities of their individual assignments to promote sustainable natural resource management in their home organizations.

    Target Audience

    • Policy makers
    • Researchers and Development practitioners
    • Corporate sector
    • University and above level students and mid-level professionals
    • Members/staff of NGOs or private companies involved in activities related to natural resource management

    Course Approach

    The program will commence with an introductory video conference (VC) session that will provide an overview of the course structure and the core concepts. The 10 week program will consist of six leaning modules and will be delivered through a blended learning format comprising video-recorded lectures, academic articles and state-of-the-art multimedia among others. The program will adopt an interdisciplinary approach that aims to draw from the disciplines of economics, politics and law.

    In order to ascertain assimilation, the participants will be evaluated on:
    • Participation in activities (20%):
    -  Discussion Forum
    -  Videoconferences
    -  Participant Feedback
    • Intermediate tests (30 %)
    • Final assignment (50%)

    On successful completion of the program, the participants will be awarded a certificate from organizers.

    Schedule

    (Tentative)
    Registration: 4 Feb-7 Mar 2013
    Introductory VC session: 14 Mar 2013
    Module 1 (including VC): 14 Mar-3 Apr 2013
    Module 2 (including VC): 4-11 Apr 2013
    Module 3 (including VC): 12-21 Apr 2013
    Module 4 (including VC): 22 Apr-2 May 2013
    Module 5 (including VC): 3-17 May 2013
    Module 6 (including VC): 18-27 May 2013
    Concluding VC session: 31 May 2013

    Course Content

    Module 1: Natural resources and sustainable development

    • Natural resources: nature and scarcity
    • Natural resources and sustainable development: issues and challenges
    • Concepts of environmental and natural resource economics, issues of market efficiency, equity issues
    • Sustainable natural resource management: use of economic instruments
    • Natural resource accounting and valuation
    • Models of resource depletion – exhaustible and renewable resources

    Module 2: Governance of natural resources

    • Resource federalism
    -Understanding the role of federal structure in context of natural resource management
    -Examples from across the world
    -Challenges to the governance of trans-boundary resources
    • Local governance institutions for sustainable natural resource management
    • Asymmetric information, uncertainty and public disclosure

    Module 3: Natural resources, political economy and conflict issues

    • Resource curse thesis
    • Winners and losers in natural resource development: cases of conflict
    • Measures for internalizing the environmental externalities and other social costs created on account of extraction/use of natural resources

    Module 4: Innovative mechanisms to address conflict issues

    • Tri sector partnerships and building trust
    • Funds and foundations
    • Stakeholder tool boxes

    Module 5: Mechanisms of trade, investment and regional cooperation in natural resources

    • Reemergence of the importance of resources in international relations
    • International trade and investment in natural resources
    • Towards environmentally and socially sustainable investment in natural resource sectors
    • Transfer of technology for enhancing resource efficiency
    • Designing international agreements and strengthening regional cooperation Interactive session to share the experiences on regional cooperation from different parts of the world

    Module 6: Best practices and tools

    • Participatory and community based natural resources management
    • Planning: Strategic environmental assessment, integrated river basin management, geographic information systems, etc.
    • Capacity building and technology transfer
    • Awareness raising and communication
    • Stakeholder engagement

    Prerequisites

    To successfully complete the course, participants should have:
    • Proficiency in English language; and
    • Strong commitment and subject interest

    Certification

    On successful completion of the course, the participants will be awarded a joint certificate from TERI and TDLC.

    Course Fees

    US$ 200 per participant.
    20-40% scholarship may be offered to undergraduate students, unemployed and low income participants.

    To apply, please contact TERI
    Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
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    How to Apply

    Online registration at: http://www.esdonline.org/ppnr (registration open from 4 February to 7 March 2013)

    For more information, please contact:

    Tokyo Development Learning Center
    The World Bank
    Fukoku Seimei Bldg. 10F
    2-2-2 Uchisaiwai-cho
    Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011
    Tel: +81-(0)3-3597-1333
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