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JJ/WBGS Program Newsletter No. 4

(May 2003)
This e-newsletter provides you with updates on the JJ/WBGS Program activities.

I. Scholarships and Fellowships News
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Contribution of the JJ/WBGSP Scholarships to Strengthen Human Resources in the Developing Countries 
ArrowRobert S. McNamara Fellowships Program Highlights

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Restructuring the Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program into a Degree Program
ArrowRobert S. McNamara Fellowships Program Steering Committee, First Annual Selection Meeting, May 5, 2003. List of Awarded Scholars
ArrowStatus of Applications for the year 2003
ArrowJJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: Overview

II. Partnership Universities 
ArrowPartnerships Programs in Africa

III. Scholars News
ArrowProgram Assists JJ/WBGSP Scholars in their Search for Employment
ArrowThe JJ/WBGSP Publishes Summary Information on the Scholars' Master Thesis

IV. Alumni News
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Well-qualified Human Resources are Key Elements for Building Capacity and Success 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, and/or Professional Experience

V. 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 strengthen human resources in the developing countries

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) was initiated 16 years ago to encourage and strengthen human resources development in less developed countries.

The program mandate is to provide mid-career professionals in developing countries with the latest techniques and knowledge available through graduate studies. Upon completion of their studies, scholars are expected to return to their home countries in order to apply and to disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills to enhance the socioeconomic development of their countries.

This Program is very flexible and allows scholars from the World Bank member countries to study in any host universities 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 master's level. The study areas have mostly included economics, public policy and globalization; sustainable development, including natural resource and environmental management; agriculture and rural development; urban and regional planning, and infrastructure; and health, population, and education.

Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) Highlights

  • The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program was established in 1982 by a resolution of the Executive Directors to "award fellowships for full-time study or research at the postgraduate level in fields related to economic development, to be carried out at a recognized institution in a Bank member country other than the applicant's home country". In December 1993, through a resolution by the Executive Directors whereby the Program was restructured, fellows were allowed to conduct their research in their home country. The award amount was fixed at US$7,500 to cover research costs through the twelve months fellowship period.

  • Funding for the Program was provided by US$1 million contribution from the World Bank and US$1.8 million from the governments of Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, and Yugoslavia. The interest from the endowment funds, almost US$200,000 a year, was used to sponsor about 16 scholars a year (US$142,000) and a workshop for the fellows in Washington, D.C. (US$50,000).

  • The Program used to sponsor about 15 researchers a year. Since the inception of the Program in 1982, 230 fellowships have been granted to fellows from a pool of about 9,000 applicants representing all regions of the World Bank. The countries view the RSMFP as an effective tool for capacity building.

  • Nearly 170 research institutions from over 70 different countries have collaborated with the Fellowships Program. The Program has disseminated the research information through publications.

Restructuring the Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program into a Degree Program

A pragmatic approach to contribute to human resource development in developing countries, and contain administrative costs, would be to restructure the Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program into a degree program. Because a full degree program is valued much more highly in developing countries, it will attract highly qualified candidates. This would require establishing a partnership program with one or more universities to offer a masters degree in public policy or development economics. A host institution would be required to jointly sponsor up to fifteen Robert S. McNamara fellows a year, funded by approximately US$200,000 from the Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program and a matching grant from the selected institution.

 Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) Steering Committee, First Annual Selection Meeting, May 5, 2003. List of Awarded Scholars

A Bank-wide committee selected the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University to host the Program.

Both the Bank and Princeton will jointly sponsor up to 10 scholars a year. In the next 5 years, the Bank will contribute a total of $1,000,000 and Princeton will contribute a total of $1,675,000.

Under the agreement between Princeton and the World Bank, Princeton should ideally present 20 candidates for the Committee's consideration, allowing the Committee to select up to ten scholars. However, in this, the first and transitional year since the Program was restructured, Princeton presented six candidates.

The following are the selected scholars for the first cohort, 2003-2004 Academic Year:

NNNameCountry
1.BHATTI, ZubairPakistan
2.GOVIL, ManojIndia
3.GOVIL, PallaviIndia
4.KOULY, MichaelLebanon and Canada
5.SAHAI, SanjivIndia
6.XIE, QinChina

  Status of Applications for the year 2003

699,983 clients visited scholarships website from September 2002 through March 31, 2003. 172,234 number of requests to download .pdf files from almost all countries were counted by web stats reports. 39,067 people visited/filled out on line Application Form.

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat received 3026 applications by mail. All the applications are under revision now.

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 educates them and helps to know more about the customs 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/share knowledge on professional issues exchanging information with the specialists of other countries on:

According to the participants of the Discussion Forum, the most important social and economic issues that affect peoples lives around the world especially in developing countries are:

They see the solution in

II. Program Outreach
Most recently this topic attracted attention of the Spanish-speaking people from Latin America, Spain and other countries. As well as other people from developing countries they are were looking forward

  • to learn from other job experience and in return share their own experiences (Mufuliat D. Fijabi, Adriano Acioli Lopes)
  • to share ideas that could be of effect once implemented in the information profession practically (Sylvia Namale)
  • to get more knowledge and experience on how to work with government and nongovernmental institutions (Francisca Oby)
  • to share ideas on sustainable development when working with NGO in Latin America (Elsy Aburto) and Spain (Mabel Gonzalez)
  • to exchange ideas on human development (Achy Valentin)
  • to discuss ways to reduce poverty through structural changes and cooperation (Mabel Gonzalez)

For more Information, visit JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum.

II. Partnership Universities

Partnership Programs in Africa

The University of Ghana, in Ghana
Makerere University, in Uganda
The University of Cocody, in Côte d'Ivoire, and
The University of Yaoundé II, in Cameroon

The JJ/WBGSP and ACBF jointly sponsor 30 scholars in each program to study for their Master's degree in Economic Policy Management (EPM). The duration of the Anglophone programs at Makerere University, in Uganda, and the University of Ghana at Legon is 18 months, including 3 months of internship. The duration of the francophone programs at Cocody University, in Côte d'Ivoire, and Yaoundé II University, in Cameroon, is 15 months, including 3 months of internship.

III. Scholars News

  Program Assists JJ/WBGSP 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 Europe and developing countries higher education institutions; while North America, especially United States remains among the preferred host university destinations. 97% of award recipients have completed their degrees.

Four out of every five scholars are experienced public servants; many have worked in high decision-making positions.

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, (if there is any and if you reference your summary to it) 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 the other members of the community. Your participation will be highly appreciated!

  IV. Alumni News

 
Well-qualified Human Resources are Key Elements for Building Capacity and Success 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 of visitors to our website and this number is growing (In March the number of visitors was 132,770). 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 the specialists with good level of education and high professional skills in different areas for different regions.

The Program publishes on the JJ/WBGSP website an alumni roster 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 been published on the scholarships website.

When preparing your CV for submission, please use JJ/WBGSP template and recomendations. For details please look through the alumni CVs that have been published 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, (if there is any and if you reference your summary to it) 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!

V. 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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