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Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)

City Partnership Program



The City Partnership Program (CPP) was launched in 2016, drawing on TDLC’s close connections with a number of Japanese cities. It is a critical component of our overall program that is leveraged across all TDLC activities. CPP cities are selected on the basis of their global leadership in the development sector and their knowledge of and expertise in relevant urban development topics. The program supports the provision of practical know-how, insights, and operational expertise.

CPP Partner Cities 

Six Japanese cities currently participate in the City Partnership Program. The first four —Kitakyushu, Kobe, Toyama, and Yokohama — were selected in July 2016 by a committee of development professionals. Fukuoka and Kyoto became members in 2018. To further enhance the effectiveness and reach of the CPP, TDLC collaborates with other Japanese cities, including Tokyo and Osaka, as well as with cities in other countries.

Examples of our collaboration with CPP cities include inviting their officers to speak at local or international conferences and Technical Deep Dives, developing customized case studies showcasing a city’s particular expertise and experiences, and contributing to Operational Support activities through the sharing of practical expertise and experience.

Key topics of engagement 


During the five years ending June 2020, the six CPP cities shared their collective knowledge and expertise at more than 70 events, including Technical Deep Dives. They also participated in a wide range of Operational Support activities and produced 29 publications in collaboration with TDLC, influencing World Bank projects in some 80 countries.



"Through our work with TDLC, we realized that the technologies, know-how, and systems that Fukuoka has produced in collaboration with the private sector can be beneficial for developing countries. We believe that the City Partnership Program has significant advantages for the participating municipalities, and we look forward to collaborating with TDLC going forward."
Kazuhiro Kubota
Executive Director of International Affairs Department, Fukuoka