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JJ/WBGS Program Newsletter No. 8

(May 2005)
This e-newsletter provides you with updates on the JJ/WBGSP activities.

ArrowContribution of the JJ/WBGSP scholarships to strengthen human resources development in developing countries
ArrowCurrent Program Highlights
ArrowJJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: Overview

II. Scholars News
ArrowMission to partner institutions in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, March 21-April 4, 2005
ArrowMission to Japan, March 22-31, 2005
ArrowA WBI-Student Collaboration on Research and Development
ArrowProgram assists JJ/WBGSP scholars in their search for employment
ArrowThe JJ/WBGSP publishes abstracts on the scholars' Master theses

III. Alumni News
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

IV. Participate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!Separation line


 Contribution of the JJ/WBGSP scholarships to strengthen human resources development in developing countries

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) was initiated 18 years ago by the Government of Japan to encourage and to strengthen human resources development in less-developed countries. In that time JJ/WBGSP has awarded more than 3,200 scholarships and Japan’s total contribution has exceeded US$130 million, an impressive measure of the Japanese people’s deep commitment to world development.

The JJ/WBGSP supports the Bank’s poverty reduction goal by equipping highly qualified mid-career public sector professionals with the graduate-level knowledge and skills required to help accelerate the development process.

The program has also aligned its strategy with WBI’s capacity development efforts by offering a higher percentage of scholarships to candidates from focus countries, especially those working in the public sector.

This year, more than 50 percent of scholarships were awarded to applicants from these focus countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia , Chad, and Vietnam.

Upon completion of their studies, the 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 socio-economic development of their countries. See also Annual Report 2004 for more info.

Current Program Highlights

  • Regular Program allows the scholars from the World Bank member countries to study in any host university of World Bank member countries, except their home countries. Scholars may pursue a graduate study program in any socio-economic development field at the master’s level.
  • 3,265 scholarships were awarded to professionals in over 150 host universities in 32 countries during the past decade and a half, including 423 in 2004. Over 590 scholars are currently receiving financial support.
  • About two-thirds of the scholars are from humble and poor backgrounds.
  • Over 72% of the scholars are experienced public servants; many have worked in high decision-making capacities.
  • Increasing numbers of scholars are studying in higher education institutions in Europe (70%) and developing countries (7.4%).
  • Further outreach and capacity building was achieved through Partnership Programs with 11 partner universities where 808 scholars have studied. Four partner universities in Africa received training and support in instituting and offering their graduate programs.
  • 97% of award recipients have completed their degrees.
  • 83% of alumni are either working in their home country (78%) or in another developing country (5%). The ratio increases to 87% if we include working in the international organizations.

JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: 

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

I. Community Building
JJ/WBGSP scholars and alumni as well as
highly qualified mid-career professionals share their experience and consult potential applicants per their requests on different aspects of their studies and community related projects, promoting the exchange of global and local knowledge and helping clients apply knowledge to development challenges in their communities:

II. Capacity Building
JJ/WBGSP alumni, scholars and mid-career professionals from different countries expressed great appreciation to the global dfcapacity forum which offers unique opportunity to exchange updated information on the economic reform and development issues and create a network of relations to promote policy changes.

Most of the discussions focused on:

III. Program Outreach
Per request of the participants of the Discussion Forum JJ/WBGSP alumni, scholars, and highly qualified mid-career professionals shared their project experience on:

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

Please submit your information (no more than 1 page) to

For more Information, visit JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum.

II. Scholars News

 Mission to partner institutions in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands,  March 21-April 4, 2005

A mission headed by Abdul-Monem Al-Mashat, Scholarships Administrator, that included Marie des Neiges Grossas, JJ/WBGSP Program Officer, visited partner institutions in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

The members of the mission visited the following institutions:

The members of the mission met with universities’ officials, programs’ directors, professors, and staff. They also met with JJ/WBGSP scholars in each institution in addition to general meetings held in London, Delft, and Geneva.

The institutions were requested to send an electronic copy of students thesis or research papers in preparation for potential regional meetings. The institutions were also requested to create a link from their website to the JJ/WBGSP website so that potential applicants be aware of the JJ/WBGSP program.

Scholars were encouraged to participate in the JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum and submit their CVs to be posted on the website.

Mission to Japan, March 22-31, 2005

A mission headed by Kabir Ahmed, Chief Admin. Officer, WBICA and including Abdul-Monem Al-Mashat, Scholarships Administrator visited Japan. The mission did the following:

  • Visited partner universities in Tokyo (Program in Taxation Policy and Management at Keio University and Program in Public Finance at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), in Yokohama (both Infrastructure Management Program and Program in Public Policy and Taxation at Yokohama National University) and Program in Policy Management at the University of Tsukuba.
  • Attended thesis presentation at Yokohama National University (both programs).
  • Attended graduation ceremonies at the University of Tsukuba, Yokohama National University, and Keio University.
  • Visited the new GRIPS campus in Rappongi.
  • Met with university presidents, deans, programs directors, professors, and staff.
  • Met with JJ/WBGSP scholars at the partner institutions.
  • Met with Mr. Yukio Yoshimura, Vice President and Special Representative, Japan and Tokyo Office staff and colleagues.
  • Participated with HR Outreach mission in meeting with University Career Center officials, connecting Kyoto via GDLN at WB Tokyo Office LCR. Participated also in the Career Seminar in Tokyo, connecting graduate schools in Kobe, Hiroshima, Nagoya and Hokkaido via GDLN.
  • Met with officials of the Ministry of Finance.

Scholars’ appreciation. Scholars, through their representatives, and through private discussions expressed their appreciation and thanks to the Government of Japan, the World Bank and their host institutions for giving them a rare opportunity to advance their knowledge and gain well designed training in policy issues, and in the area of taxation. They believe that they have more advantage than their office mates back home. They expressed determination to actively and effectively utilize the acquired knowledge to enhance the development process in their countries

Thesis Presentation. Scholars write a thesis as a requirement for graduation. The purpose of thesis presentation is to share their academic achievements. It is the first occasion for them to present, in public, their findings before officially receiving their degree. Each scholar works closely with his/her advisor. Each scholar selects a policy topic related to his/her country, analyze it and come up with policy recommendations. In this regard the mission explained JJ/WBGSP scaling up activities. All parties were interested to know the details, especially incentives given to scholars if selected to present their thesis in regional meetings/seminars.

It is clear that some thesis require additional work in order to be shared with policy makers, presented at regional seminars, and be publishable in quality journals. There are many questions about the methodology, analytical aspects and need for good comparison with work in the same fields or similar cases.

If the goals of scaling-up activities are to disseminate information, share knowledge and create viable dialogue between policy makers and graduating scholars, then there has to be criteria for the selection of participating scholars. Host institutions and academic advisors will play an important role in this regard.

Authentication of Applicants’ Documents.The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat requested that documents presented this year should be certified. However, it seems that this is not sufficient to ensure credibility of documents presented by applicants.

In this regard, a proposal will be submitted to the JJ/WBGSP Steering Committee to add notarization of documents (education certificates and transcripts, reference letters, and letter of employment) as an eligibility criteria for next year’s selection. The Secretariat will contact the employers of semi finalists to verify employment.

Participation with HR outreach Mission. The mission participated in two GDLN sessions that connected Kyoto, and Kobe, Hiroshima, Nagoya and Hokkaido to HR mission in Tokyo Office. HR Team and IFC Deputy Representative explained types of employment at both institutions. In both sessions the mission presented the scholarship program for Japanese nationals and the possible employment as YP at the WB or other regional development banks such as ADB.

A WBI-Student Collaboration on Research and Development

In an effort to bring youth-led R&D to the global development agenda, the WBI CSR team has partnered with graduate students from School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University and School of Public Affairs, University of California, LA to research and present new findings on CSR. This is an initiative to scale up research in universities in this field, while providing a platform to bring students and development experts together to share ideas on topics related to the role of the private sector in sustainable development.

On May 15th 2005 JJ/WBGSP scholar, Rafael Valdez Mingramm and his co-author, Letty Gutierrez Bonilla, presented a research paper "Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships: A complementary strategy to fulfill global commitments in education" during a brown-bag lunch, leading to an interesting conversation on the challenges of R&D in CSR.

The research paper, which is dedicated to the Government of Japan, the JJ/WBGSP and the PEPM administrators, intends to provide a complementary strategy for designing and implementing macro social development initiatives through micro solutions in our countries.

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:

  • Development Studies/Economics
  • Public Administration/Public Policy/Management
  • Environment
  • Health/Childcare/Gender Studies/Population
  • Agriculture/Rural Development
  • Engineering/Urban/Regional Planning
  • Education

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 abstracts of scholars' Master theses

To help disseminate knowledge internationally JJ/WBGSP is inviting J/WBGSP scholars to present the abstracts on their Master thesis (up to 35-40 lines with 62-64 characters per line, ) to to have it published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

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

You can also submit the same abstract to to initiate the discussion of the subject with other members of the community. Your participation is highly appreciated!

III. 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 development, 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 fifty 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 . 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 abstracts of 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 to have it published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

Along with the abstract 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 co-author, 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 co-author of the publication.

You can also submit the same abstract to 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 development process in your country.

The Secretariat has sent out the latest Tracer Study Questionnaire to alumni from the classes of 1999-2000. The Tracer Study is a biannual report used to measure the accomplishments of the Scholarship's Program. Please return your completed questionnaire and encourage your fellow alumni to do the same. If you do not receive a questionnaire, and are a JJ/WBGSP alumni from the classes of 1999-2000, please contact the Secretariat to update your address information and request a questionnaire.

The Program continues its efforts to strengthen the community embodied by its alumni of development practitioners. In order to do so the Secretariat encourages you to update your contact information as it changes by sending an e-mail to the JJ/WBGSP at

Graduated scholars whose CVs have been published on the scholarships website and who would like to keep them under Alumni Profile are encouraged to submit a revised version or send an e-mail to with the updated information (address, current employment, and other).

IV. 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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