Civil Society

June 8, 2006

Since it began to interact with the civil society in the 1970s through dialogue on environmental issues, the World Bank has consulted and collaborated with thousands of organizations throughout the world, such as community-based organizations, NGOs, indigenous peoples organizations, labor unions, faith-based groups, and foundations (more about the relations between the World Bank and the civil society).

The World Bank Tokyo Office publishes various types of information about opportunities for NGOs to collaborate on World Bank projects and programs. It also provides support to NGOs involved in developing countries with regard to various trust funds and poverty reduction projects.

NGO Discussion Series

Sessions are held intermittently when staff members from World Bank headquarters or other country offices visit Japan. The sessions are free and open to any participant. Session information is listed on the World Bank Tokyo Office homepage as well as sent out in its e-news bulletins as they are arranged.

Contact Information

If you have ideas and thoughts for collaboration in World Bank projects, it is important to contact and coordinate closely with the World Bank staff in the target country and sector. In addition to making contact through the NGO liaison officers in the World Bank offices in each country, you can also contact the World Bank Tokyo Office for inquiries relating to project collaboration, trust funds, policy dialogue, etc. Your contact here is Yukako Hiraki, Communications Officer/NGO Liaison, World Bank Tokyo Office,, phone: +81-3-3597-6650.

Working with Trust Funds

Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF)

The Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) was established by the Government of Japan and the World Bank in June 2000 as an untied mechanism for providing direct assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable groups in eligible member countries of the World Bank Group.

For more information, please contact Yukako Hiraki (