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PHRD Introduction


Catalyst For Progress

20 year brochureEstablished nearly 25 years ago to help developing countries strengthen human resources and institutional capacity, formulate sound development policies, and manage crises, the Policy and Human Resources Development Fund has enabled progress on multiple development fronts. It set a precedent that other donor nations have followed, as they, too, began to set up trust funds for poverty reduction efforts managed by the World Bank.

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Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the PHRD Fund

Fighting poverty with knowledge

20 year brochureMore than twenty years ago, Japan had a unique vision for poverty reduction—providing poor countries the chance to develop human resource capacities through world-class technical assistance and access to global knowledge. These are the essential building blocks for countries to prepare policies and programs for economic growth, and improve the quality of life for the poor.

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Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI)

20 year brochureIs a joint initiative among the Secretariat of the Pacific Community SPC/SOPAC, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank, with the financial support from the Government of Japan and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. With the completion of Phase 2 of the initiative, detailed risk assessments for 15 nations in the Pacific region have been conducted, quantifying potential disaster losses from earthquakes, tsunamis and tropical cyclones. This includes the most comprehensive analysis of buildings, infrastructure and cash crop exposure ever conducted for the region.

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Light Manufacturing in Africa

20 year brochureThis study draws on innovative analytical research to show that Sub-Saharan Africa could become competitive in light manufacturing and create millions of productive jobs in the process. Comparisons are made with Asian countries to benchmark Africa's potential. A focused and pragmatic policy agenda is proposed for Ethiopia, with additional insights for Tanzania and Zambia.

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The PHRD Fund supports five main programs:

The PHRD Technical Assistance (TA) Program

Is the largest program. In 2009, the Program has been restructured to focus on agriculture research, disaster preparedness and disability.

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The Joint-Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

Provides scholarships to support post graduate training at Masters’ degree level for Bank’s member country nationals. This is both the longest established and the largest of the scholarship programs managed by the Bank.

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The Japan-World Bank Partnership Program

Supports activities to promote partnership between Japan and the World Bank.

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The Japan Staff and Extended Term Consultants (ETC) Program

Supports partial costs of Japanese nationals recruited to work within the Bank for maximum periods of two years.

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The Japan Indonesia Presidential Scholarship Program (JIPS)

Was established in 2008 to support studies in fields related to development such as economics, management, education, health, agriculture, infrastructure and environment.

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2011 PHRD Annual Report

2010 Annual ReportIn FY11, the PHRD Fund supported technical assistance, human resources development and capacity building, Japanese staff and consultants, and Japan–World Bank partnership initiatives through its different core programs.

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Technical Assistance Program Maps

Geomap for PHRD TA Program_Apr.23 

PHRD Fund Contributions

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Last updated: 2012-11-05

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