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JJ/WBGS Program Newsletter No. 5

(September 2003)
This e-newsletter provides you with updates on the JJ/WBGSP activities.

I. Scholarships and Fellowships News
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Contribution of the JJ/WBGSP scholarships to the capacity building in the developing countries
ArrowProgram highlights 
ArrowFrannie A. Léautier, Vice President, World Bank Institute, meets with Larry Summers, President, Harvard University
ArrowNew Developments in 2003

ArrowOn-line application automatic validation of your entries based on JJ/WBGSP eligibility criteria for applicants 2003-2004
ArrowWeb-based training on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Competitiveness offered by JJ/WBGSP and the World Bank Institute

ArrowJJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: Overview

II. Regular Program
ArrowProgram in development-related fields at the master's level
ArrowPerformance in the Regular Program in 2003: Development themes and poverty reduction  

III. Partnership Programs
ArrowPrograms combining academic and specialized training in public policy at the master's level 
ArrowPerformance and innovations in the Partnership Programs 

IV. Scholars News
ArrowJJ/WBGSP would like to ask the recently graduated scholars to share their impressions and experiences
ArrowThe JJ/WBGSP would like to ask scholars who had their scholarships renewed to describe how they spent the summer
ArrowProgram assists JJ/WBGSP scholars in their search for employment
ArrowThe JJ/WBGSP publishes summary information on the scholars' Master Thesis

V. Alumni News
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Well-qualified human resources are key elements for capacity building in the developing world
ArrowThe JJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni roster to present their credentials
ArrowThe JJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni summary information on their research, practical development issues, and/or professional experience
ArrowAnnouncement for JJ/WBGSP alumni

VI. Participate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!

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I. Scholarships and Fellowships News

  Contribution of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program to the Capacity Building in the developing countries
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)
vividly demonstrates the Government of Japan's continuing commitment to enhance capacity building in developing countries around the globe.

The Government of Japan has been funding the program for the last 17 years. Japan's total contribution now exceeds US$120 million, providing tangible proof that Japan is solidly committed, not only to the program, but to meeting development needs worldwide.

The World Bank Institute (WBI) strives to reduce poverty by capturing, integrating, and disseminating global and local knowledge. The JJ/WBGSP serves these goals well, because scholars undertake studies at the Master's degree level related to the their countries' development needs and, by far, most return home to put their newly acquired knowledge to constructive use.

Program highlights
  • 2,887 scholarships were awarded to professionals in over 150 host universities in 32 countries during the past decade and a half, including 402 in 2003. Over 400 scholars are currently receiving
    financial support.

  • Of the new scholars selected, 35% are female, 45% are from WBI focus and priority countries (low income countries that need to build human skills and national institutions), 60% are from humble backgrounds (i.e., have parents with only a high school education or less), and 91% are from the public sector, NGO’s, or regional/international organizations.

  • Close to 70% of the scholars are experienced public servants; many have worked in high decision-making capacities.

  • The schools the scholars have chosen to attend include the University of Chicago, Harvard University, the London School of Economics, IHE Delft, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), and dozens of other institutions of higher learning around the world. Continuing a trend started a couple of years ago, more are choosing to study outside of North America (70% this year).

  • In 2003, 75% was spent on new scholars and the remaining 25% was spent on renewals.

  Frannie A. Léautier, Vice President, World Bank Institute, meets with Larry Summers, President, Harvard University

A mission from the World Bank Institute (WBI) headed by Dr. Frannie A. Léautier, Vice President of WBI, visited Harvard University on September 9, 2003. The Vice President and the members of the mission met with University officials, the JJ/WBGSP scholars. They discussed issues related to the promotion of knowledge, capacity enhancement, and human resources development. They also encouraged JJ/WBGSP scholars to play more active role in these processes.

Dr. Léautier presented a lecture on "Perspectives on Globalization" co-sponsored by Council of Women World Leaders and Center for International Development at Harvard. Dr. Léautier also met with Dr. Larry Summers and discussed potential partnerships between Harvard and WBI in areas of institutional building and human resources development in the developing world.

  New Developments in 2003
One of the eligibility criteria for the Regular Program was changed in 2002. Applicants now need to present a proof of admission to at least one university at the time of submitting their request for JJ/WBGSP scholarship, instead of just applications to at least two universities.

On-line application to get automatic validation of your entries based on JJ/WBGSP eligibility criteria for applicants 2003-2004
An on-line application form was implemented so that applicants could apply via the internet. When entering their information, applicants get automatic validation of their entries based on JJ/WBGSP eligibility criteria.
The on-line application has been reset for the new academic year 2003-2004. You are welcome to apply!

Web-based training on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Competitiveness offered by JJ/WBGSP and the World Bank Institute
Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program and the World Bank Institute Program on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Competitiveness are currently offering a web-based, six-hour course on Corporate Social Responsibility focusing on

i) Key elements of the policy and business environment that support CSR and how these elements function as an integrated system

ii) Providing a strong justification on why CSR should be incorporated in corporate business strategy and country development strategy and

iii) Facilitating access to relevant research and data and dissemination of best practices.

Please click here to access more information on the course, as well as to register.

Over the past decade, a growing number of countries, companies, and multilateral organizations have recognized the benefits of CSR policies and practices. One component of the World Bank Institute's CSR and Sustainable Competitiveness program is this new web-based course, designed to introduce CSR in both theory and practice and demonstrate how CSR can provide a foundation for successful public-private partnerships and sustainable development.

All participants who complete the course and a brief course evaluation will receive a certificate of participation from the World Bank Institute. The course is available in English, free of charge, and takes approximately six hours to complete.

  Information on JJ/WBGSP & Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program is published in Arabic
The pdf brochure with description of JJ/WBGSP & Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program was published in Arabic on the JJ/WBGSP scholarships website .

JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum:
Overview
People around the world were delighted to participate in the topics of the Discussion Forum on the web: (I) Community Building, (II) Capacity Building, and (III) Program Outreach

According to our clients, participation in the discussions enhances their knowledge and helps them to know more about the culture and traditions of other countries (Alpha Koroma).

The topic most actively discussed was the Capacity Building in the developing countries.

I. Capacity Building
Our clients, including JJ/WBGSP scholars, are fascinated by the opportunity to learn and share their knowledge and exchange information with the professionals from other countries on the projects they initiated, engaged, or managing. Most of the discussions were focused on:

II. Program Outreach
Future applicants of the JJ/WBGS Program (Lawal Abubakar I. Gusau, Ricardo Bascuñán Escobar, and others) were looking for assistance and were very delighted that former scholars (Valentin Achy and others) shared their knowledge and provided information on:

  • what university to apply to if they want to pursue the career they are interested in and enhance their knowledge in the professional areas
  • courses and information on NGO's management (Pradeep Mohanty)

Per request of the participants of the Discussion Forum (Mudrika Kassim, Francis Kahiriita, Cynthia Goytia, and others) our clients, highly qualified mid-career professionals (Carlos Caceres, Kamwati Wango), shared their project experience.

The exact topic on which Carlos Caceres, who has Master's degree in Mechanical engineering from UCL & London School of Economics, has been working on is called "One stop shop", or in Spanish "Ventanilla Unica". This project has already been implemented in some Latin-American cities (specially in Chile) in order to promote the relationships between the municipal authorities and the public in general. The idea of this project is to gather as much information as possible so that other cities, in other countries, can learn from the successful experiences of those who already implemented the "One stop shop" system.

In their discussions the participants also focused on environmental issues:

JJ/WBGSP would like to thank all the participants of the Discussion Forum for sharing information, knowledge, and project experience. The Program would like to express special thanks to the former and current Program scholars:

  • Arshed Bhatti, JJ/WBGSP scholar of 1998-99, Director Governance, British Council Pakistan, obtained Master's degree in Development Management from London School of Economics
  • Hong-yi Chen, a JJ/WBGSP scholar of 1991-1993, Professor of Economics, Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resources Economics
  • Nachiket Mor, JJ/WBGSP scholar of 1991, Ph.D. in Financial Economics, Senior Vice President, ICICI Bank, India
  • Virachith Douangchanh, JJ/WBGSP scholar, studying for Masters degree in Urban Environmental Management at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • Yongru Cheng, JJ/WBGSP scholar, studying for Masters degree in Public Administration at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, USA

JJ/WBGSP would also like to express appreciation to the most active participants of the Discussion Forum for sharing their experience:

  • A.A.Mavela, for information on local community issues in Africa
  • Asamoah Frempong Edward, for information and advise on environmental issues: reforestation, water and soil pollution
  • Elsy Aburto, for sharing experience on tourist services, the role of local communities, and other development issues in Brasil
  • Jose Garibay, for presenting a program of microcredits for the population of smaller resources in Peru
  • Martha Mwendafilumba, for information on local communities, family planning, and child health projects in Zambia
  • Sabanitho Mtega, for information on economical water treatment and other environmental issues in Tanzania
  • Tamru Belay, for information on Adaptive Technology Center for the Blind in Ethiopia

JJ/WBGSP invites Program scholars, alumni, and other professionals to present their projects!

Please submit your information (no more than 1 page) to dfcapacity@lists.worldbank.org

For more Information, visit JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum.

 II. The Regular Program

Program in development-related fields at the master's level

The Regular Program is very flexible and allows the scholars from the World Bank member countries to study in any host university of World Bank member countries, except their home countries (see scholarship eligibility criteria). Scholars may pursue a graduate study program in any socioeconomic development field at the master’s level. The study areas have mostly included economics, public policy and globalization, sustainable development, including natural resources and environmental
management, agriculture and rural development, urban and regional planning, and infrastructure, and health, population, and education.

See Annual Report 2003 for details

Performance in the Regular Program in 2003: Development themes and poverty reduction
In 2003, by selecting 312 scholars to receive scholarships, the Program
has more than double the number of recipients from 2002. This relatively large increase was only possible due to the Government of Japan's commitment to the Program.


Over 60 percent of the scholars in the Regular Program came from humble and poor backgrounds, where the parents had education levels of high school or lower.

The majority of scholars (53 %) studied economics, development studies, public policy, and management areas; followed by environment (16.7 %); and health/childcare and gender studies (13.5 %).

In many cases scholars are pursuing degrees in fields directly related to poverty reduction.

III. The Partnership Programs

Programs combining academic and specialized training in practical public policy at the master's level
The Partnership Programs enable the scholars to receive specialized graduate training in selected universities around the globe. Scholars may pursue a master's degree in themes related to economics and public policy and management; infrastructure management; public finance and taxation policy; and public policy in international development.

Since 1992, a number of Partnership Programs have been launched in universities in Canada, France, Japan and the United States. The Programs in Canada and France were transferred, in 1998, to four African universities located in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Uganda.

These programs combine academic rigor with specialized training in practical aspects of development processes and policy making.

The Partnership Programs in Japan, which started in 1995 in four universities, further manifest Japan's commitment to improving human resources in the developing world. These programs draw on Japan's expertise in areas of infrastructure development, policy management,
and tax policy which are all taught in English.

See Annual Report 2003 for details

Performance and innovations in the Partnership Programs
Starting in 1991, the JJ/WBGSP further extended its outreach to policymakers in developing countries by offering them a tailor-made program to suit their special needs. The program focuses on practical
aspects of economic policy analysis and development management to build the human resources capacity and alleviate the acute shortages of trained policymakers, principally in public sector.

Partnership Program in Africa, Japan, and USA have expanded their recruitment efforts to the regions which are underrepresented in receiving scholarships, such as ECA and MNA Regions (see Annual Report 2003, pp. 38-40 for details)..

There are more efforts on the way to encourage public sector professionals, especially from MNA Region to apply to all Partnership Programs.

See Annual Report 2003 for details

IV. Scholars News

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program would like to ask the recently graduated scholars to share their impressions and experiences

Most of the graduated scholars already returned to their home countries with their new knowledge and degrees. In order to follow up JJ/WBGS Program would like to ask the recently graduated scholars to share their impressions and experiences:

  • Are you happy with the Program and your studies?
  • What are your impressions about your University?
  • What would you recommend to potential applicants?
  • How have you been received in your country?
  • Did you return to your previous organization?
  • Have you received a promotion?

Please describe.

To share your experience with JJ/WBGSP community, please submit your story to dfcommunity@lists.worldbank.org

  The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program would like to ask scholars who had their scholarships renewed to describe how they spent the summer:

This year 60 scholars whose academic program was more than a year had their scholarships renewed. JJ/WBGSP would like to ask scholars to describe how they spent the summer:

  • Did you take any summer courses at your University?
  • Did you find an internship?
  • Did you work on your thesis/research?
  • Did you travel?

Please describe.

To share your experience with JJ/WBGSP community, please submit your story to dfcommunity@lists.worldbank.org

JJ/WBGSP assists its graduating Scholars in their Search for Employment
The JJ/WBGSP awards scholarships for graduate studies to well-qualified mid-career professionals, who are then expected to apply and to disseminate the newly acquired knowledge and skills in promoting the socioeconomic development of their own and other developing countries.

Scholars study challenging socioeconomic development themes, including:

  • Economics and globalization, public policy and management
  • Sustainable development, including natural resource and environmental management
  • Health, population, and education
  • Agriculture and rural development
  • Urban and regional planning, and infrastructure, and
  • Information systems and technology

Increasing numbers of scholars are studying in host higher education institutions in Europe and developing countries; while North America, especially United States remains among the preferred host university destinations.

The JJ/WBGSP shares the excitement of the graduating scholars, especially those who had to resign from their jobs in order to take the scholarships, about their future. In our attempt to support JJ/WBGSP graduating scholars, the program is posting their CVs on the JJ/WBGSP website.

These CVs represent an indicator of how much knowledge and expertise they have. It is also the way

  • to acknowledge each other
  • to establish a community of practice, and
  • to be able to exchange experience, ideas, and knowledge

JJ/WBGSP scholars who are close to finishing their academic program and who seek jobs in their home country or in other developing country are advised to send their CV's to the Secretariat. The Secretariat will post them on the JJ/WBGSP website, thereby making them available to companies, corporations and organizations working in developing countries that need well-qualified mid-career professionals.

When preparing your CV for submission, please use Template and Recommendations for Curriculum Vitae for JJ/WBGSP Scholars and Alumni. For details please look through the JJ/WBGSP scholars CVs that have been published on the scholarships website.

The JJ/WBGSP Publishes Summary Information on the Scholars' Master Thesis
To facilitate the international exchange of information JJ/WBGSP is inviting JJ/WBGSP scholars to present summary information on their Master thesis (up to 35-40 lines with 62-64 characters per line, ) to jjwbgsp@worldbank.org to have it published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

Along with the summary you can submit your related publication as an attached .doc or .pdf file. You can alsoprovide a full reference to the bulletin where it was published.

You can also submit the same summary to dfcommunity@lists.worldbank.org to initiate the discussion of the subject with other members of the community. Your participation will be highly appreciated!

  V. Alumni News

  Well-qualified human resources are key elements for capacity building  in the developing world

As the World Bank focuses on capacity building in developing countries to carry out effective socioeconomic reforms, the JJ/WBGSP is an invaluable resource for building skills and imparting competences that are necessary to prosper in the highly interconnected and competitive global economy.

Training human resources for the developing world is a major contribution to the sustainable economic development of these countries and the key element for success in the fight against poverty.

In recognition of the achievements of the JJ/WBGSP alumni and their contribution to the capacity building of the developing countries, the program decided to publish their profiles.

The objectives are:

  • to promote understanding of the Program
  • to interact constructively with the alumni
  • to create an alumni community and to let members be better informed about each other, by drawing attention to their contributions to the development process in their countries, and
  • to provide an opportunity for people interested in learning about the Program in-depth by getting information from the former scholars

The JJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni roster to present their credentials
Every month we have over one hundred thousand visitors to our website and this number is growing. Professionals from different countries are interested to be in touch and to discuss their career and professional experience as well as their social issues. International corporations are looking for specialists with good level of education and high professional skills in different areas for different regions.

The Program publishes an alumni roster on the JJ/WBGSP website to present their credentials, professional experience, and educational background.

If you as JJ/WBGSP alumnus are interested in having your CV published on the JJ/WBGSP website, please submit it to jjwbgsp@worldbank.org .You can submit one page of information (up to 2000 characters, including spaces), along with your photo, if available.

When preparing your CV for submission, please use Template and Recommendations for Curriculum Vitae for JJ/WBGSP Scholars and Alumni. For details please look through the JJ/WBGSP alumni CVs that have already been posted on the scholarships website.

The JJ/WBGSP Publishes Summaries on JJ/WBGSP Alumni Current Research and/or Professional Experience
To facilitate knowledge sharing JJ/WBGSP is inviting JJ/WBGSP alumni to present a summary of their current research and/or professional experience (up to 35-40 lines with 62-64 characters per line) to jjwbgsp@worldbank.org to have it published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

Along with the summary you can submit your full article/publication as an attached .doc or .pdf file. You can alsoprovide a full reference to the bulletin where it was published.

If you have a coauthor, please ask him/her to fill out JJ/WBGSP on-line Sign-up form and make a note in comments that he/she is a coauthor of (your name) for (title of publication).

You can also submit the same summary to dfcommunity@lists.worldbank.org to initiate the discussion of the subject with the other members of the community. Your participation is highly appreciated!

Announcement for JJ/WBGSP alumni
The Secretariat considers you essential to sustainable development and capacity enhancement in the developing world, and to the continued success of the JJ/WBGSP. We are proud of you and your achievements in enhancing the development progress in your country. In order for the Program to continue to accomplish its goals and to be able to produce the bi-annual Tracer Study the Secretariat requests current contact information from you, and would also like you to encourage those who have not stayed in contact to do so by sending the JJ/WBGSP an e-mail to jjwbgsp@worldbank.org.

VI. Participate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!

We encourage you to participate in the Discussion Forum on our main topics.

Members of JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum have an opportunity

  • to participate in the on-line discussions
  • to facilitate the international exchange of information on the current theory, research, development, and practice
  • to enhance knowledge and professional skills through interaction with colleagues around the world
  • to gain professional recognition by exchanging experience, ideas, opinions, research results and providing support to the junior colleagues

Let us hear what YOU think about the the topics to be discussed:

Community BuildingCommunity Building
Capacity BuildingCapacity Building
Program OutreachProgram Outreach

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