The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) program is a partnership between Japan and the World Bank launched in June 2004. The program is managed by the Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice (GPURL) under the oversight of a Steering Committee comprising representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Japan (MoF) and the World Bank. Day-to-day operations of the program are conducted by the TDLC team in Tokyo under the management of the Global Programs unit of GPURL with the guidance of the World Bank’s Special Representative, Japan with respect to partnerships and relationships with the Government of Japan.
The Program to Connect Knowledge, Expertise and Technology includes activities to link developing and middle-income countries with Japanese knowledge, expertise and technology through (i) knowledge exchange and analytical work, (ii) capacity building, (iii) outreach and networking activities with internal World Bank audiences, Japanese public and private sectors, academia and civil society. It also works to identify and unpack innovations and development solutions from Japan of relevance to developing countries.
TDLC offers both internal and external stakeholders a “one-stop” window for identifying, accessing, and making effective use of knowledge and experience from Japan and other countries. With its mix of information and communication technology (ICT) facilities, connectivity, and expertise, coupled with a strong partner network, TDLC is well positioned for the global dissemination of just-in-time development solutions.
- City Partnership Program (CPP) - TDLC engages with selected Japanese cities to share relevant development experiences and solutions, and to link Japanese expertise with specific opportunities for project-level engagement in developing countries.
- Knowledge Sharing - By providing WBG clients and technical staff with access to global best practice and solutions to development challenges, TDLC serves as a platform for GSURR and other Global Practice/Cross-Cutting Solutions Areas (GPs/CCSAs) for knowledge outreach, dissemination, and networking activities in selected thematic areas. As a flagship product under this component, TDLC organizes Technical Deep Dives, which bring groups of clients and WBG staff to Japan for week-long programs of workshops, site visits, and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange.
- Operational Support - TDLC supports and facilitates delivery of knowledge, capacity building, and advisory services to operational projects.
- Structured Learning and Research - TDLC offers structured learning programs as part of its overall package of services, drawing on thematic content from WBG GPs/CCSAs and external partners and taking special advantage of the World Bank’s Open Learning Campus as a delivery platform. The program additionally supplements its corpus of development knowledge with new research initiatives with high demand.
- Technology, Conferencing, and Outreach Support - TDLC provides event management and virtual conferencing (synchronous and asynchronous) services, supporting the World Bank’s engagements in Japan. TDLC also provides post-event production of videos and other media outputs.