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Japan-World Bank Partnership Program



Objective. The objective of the PHRD Partnership Program is to support activities that strengthen the Partnership and build relationships between Japanese stakeholders and the World Bank Group (WBG)  on key development issues, stimulate public interest in Japan for international development issues, and strengthen aid coordination initiatives.

The program supports, among others, the joint efforts of the WBG and Japanese institutions to improve health systems and achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC)  by monitoring the progress towards UHC, highlighting breakthrough innovations for UHC, supporting learning and knowledge exchange, creating momentum for reforms, and assisting the capacity building of UHC core capacity in Africa and globally. This effort is within the framework of the "World Bank-Japan Joint UHC Initiative" that builds on the recommendations of the Ise-Shima G7 Summit and TICAD VI and complements UHC activities under the PHRD UHC country program that provides analytical work to inform policy reforms and innovations of target countries toward achievement of UHC.

Contributions from inception to FY19 amounted to $76 million.

Key results under the Partnership Program include:

  • Informing World Bank's Corporate goals for achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030
  • Raising awareness on the principles of responsible land governance in 33 countries; tools developed for decision makers and relevant stakeholders improve the security of property rights and sustainable management of land resources
  • Implementing Land Governance Assessment Framework in eight countries
  • Demonstrating effectiveness of Responsible Agriculture Investment principles in reducing potential negative impacts and boost positive impacts
  • Strengthening of Joint Learning Network  (JLN) for UHC and Communications: The JLN is an innovative community of policymakers and practitioners who co-develop, adapt, and put into action global knowledge products that help bridge the gap between theory and practice in working toward UHC. The JLN has 27-member countries including Japan and11 African countries that are at the forefront of UHC reforms. The network uses a joint learning approach, in which member countries identify common challenges, problem-solve collectively, synthesize new knowledge from a practical implementation perspective, adapt the new knowledge within the JLN countries, and disseminate knowledge to other countries. Its technical areas of focus cover core UHC areas.  Link to JLN deliverables are outlined below:
  • UHC Flagship Courses: The World Bank together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other development partners aim to incorporate the findings from the UHC monitoring work to revise the global and regional flagship course curriculum and materials and communicate they key messages from the UHC monitoring work through flagship training in Sub-Saharan Africa and other countries. Seven UHC Flagship Courses were delivered in FY18 as outlined below: 
    • Regional Flagship courses for Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia in collaboration with US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Global Financing Facility (GFF)
    • Francophone course for 19 countries in collaboration with WHO and USAID focusing on health financing;
    • Kazakhstan country course focusing on social insurance
    • Asia course delivered by ANHSS in collaboration with USAID;
    • Libya FCV course in collaboration with WHO
    • Angola country course
    • Global Flagship in Washington, DC, which was developed with representatives from several geographies. 
  • Light Manufacturing in Africa study drew on innovative analytical research that showed that Sub-Saharan Africa could become competitive in light manufacturing and create millions of productive jobs in the process. Comparisons were made with Asian countries to benchmark Africa's potential. A focused and pragmatic policy agenda was proposed for Ethiopia, with additional insights for Tanzania and Zambia. Download the report here​​.