PHRD Staff Grant Program
Background: The PHRD Staff Grant program was established in FY03 to facilitate the entry of Japanese nationals into the World Bank Group as staff members. The program provides mid-level Japanese professionals with the opportunity to learn about the WBG operations and gain valuable international development experience, while also leveraging their expertise, and facilitating knowledge exchange on emerging development challenges. The WBG recognizes and appreciates the significant financial and human resources that the Government of Japan contributes to the WBG through the PHRD Staff Grant Program.
These resources enable continuous investment in human capital and help enhance Japanese nationals’ careers in the WBG. The program assists Japanese professionals in gaining a better understanding of the WBG’s objectives, functions, and processes, thereby promoting better alignment between the development objectives of Japan and the WBG and contributing to their own career development. This arrangement enables the Japanese professionals who have completed the Program to quickly adapt to the WBG’s guidelines, processes, and procedures as well as its culture. In doing so, they assist the WBG in designing and developing economic policies to reshape the economies of emerging and developing countries in specific areas.
Donor Contributions: The Government of Japan’s contributions to the program from inception to FY20 amounted to $82.1 million, of which $72 million was allocated to finance Japanese nationals in various positions.
Program Recipient Trends: Figure 1 shows the number of program recipients funded by the program from FY03 to FY20. Figure 2 shows the number of Recipients who transitioned to WBG Staff during the same period.
Figure 1 Number of Program Recipients Funded via PHRD Staff Program, FY03-20
Figure 2: Number of Program Recipients Who Transitioned to WBG Staff, FY03-20
Last Updated: May 26, 2022