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JJ/WBGS Program Newsletter No. 12

(May 2006)
This e-newsletter provides you with updates on the JJ/WBGSP activities.

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The World Bank is committed to learning and capacity building as essential steps toward sustainable development and the eradication of poverty throughout the world. The World Bank Institute (WBI) supports the Bank’s learning and capacity building agenda through a variety of means, including the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP).

The JJ/WBGSP vividly demonstrates the Government of Japan’s continuing commitment to enhance capacity building in developing countries around the globe. Over the years, Japan has contributed close to $150 million to the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (renamed the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program in 1995 to reflect Japan’s central role).

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Arrow Welcome Kamel Braham - Scholarships Administrator for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships Program
Scaling-Up Program Regional conferences in Kenya and Vietnam in May 2006

ArrowMission to Princeton University, Robert McNamara Fellowships Program – April 20, 2006
ArrowMission to Japan - March 21 - 30, 2006
ArrowHistorical Testimony: "We worked hard to get these programs going"
ArrowJJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: Overview
ArrowParticipate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!

II. Scholars News
ArrowNews from the graduation ceremony at Yokohama University: "I hope we will try our best to bring the change all of us wish to see in the world":
ArrowProgram studies at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

ArrowJJ/WBGSP assists its graduating scholars in their search for employment
ArrowJJ/WBGSP publishes abstracts of scholars' Master/Ph.D thesis

III. Alumni News
ArrowAlumni projects: Impact of the climate change on developing countries 
ArrowJJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni roster to present their credentials
ArrowJJ/WBGSP is introducing Program alumni to the international community

Arrow Announcement for JJ/WBGSP alumni

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  I. JJ/WBGSP News

Welcome Kamel Braham - Scholarships Administrator for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships Program 

Kamel Braham, a Tunisian national, joined the World Bank Institute as the Scholarships Administrator for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships Program, and the Robert S. McNamara Program in WBISP. He came from the UNESCO Office for Iraq, based in Jordan, where he was acting as Program Coordinator.

Prior to his work at UNESCO, he held several senior positions related to education and scholarships, including some at the Tunisian government.

Kamel Braham





He holds a B.Eng. in Statistics from the Institut Superieur des Statistiques (Paris), a MA in Econometrics from the University of Tunis (Tunisia) and an International Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (France).

Scaling-Up Program Regional conferences: in Kenya and Vietnam in May 2006

The Scaling-Up Program is delighted to announce the upcoming regional conferences that are part of the scaling-up activities.

The African Regional Conference will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 11, 2006; and the Asian Regional Conference will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on May 26, 2006.

The objectives of these events are:

  • to promote knowledge sharing among and beyond those who participate in JJ/WBGSP;
  • to provide an opportunity for a dialogue on current development issues; and
  • to foster a network of scholars.

Participants of the conferences will include current/future scholars and alumni of the JJ/WBGSP, the World Bank Staff from Headquarters and the country office, and the officials from the Japanese Embassy.

Presentation by Bank staff on development issues will be followed by active discussions. Scholars who have shown outstanding academic achievement during his/her study will present their research products, while the current/future scholars and alumni, who are in the host country of the conferences, will be given a chance to network among themselves. We also hope to welcome alumni who are currently working in policy making positions in the host country of the event and have them share their experiences with us. In FY06, potential conferences are expected to be held in Kenya and Vietnam on the following dates.

All alumni from the country where the conference will take place will be invited. If any of the JJ/WBGSP alumni, who resides in one of the above countries and/or be in the country at the time of the conferences, and would like to join, please contact the Scaling-Up Program at:

Please note that participation to the above conferences is by invitation only.

Mission to Princeton University, Robert McNamara Fellowships Program (RMNFP) – April 20, 2006

A mission comprised of Kamel Braham, Scholarships Administrator, and Marie Des Neiges Grossas, Program Officer, visited the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) of Public and International Affairs (WWS), Princeton University to meet with the WWS officials and RSMFP fellows and discuss issues related to the RSMFP.

The WWS was represented by: John M. Templeton, Assistant dean for Graduate Admissions, Karen L. McGuinness, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education, and Jose F. Ochoa, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions. The discussions focused on the following key issues related to the implementation of the program:

  • Admission policy and advocacy for the program
  • Enhancing research in fields related to economic development within the program
  • Scheduling presentations by speakers from the Bank or other multilateral organizations on specific development issues

At the end of the visit, the mission had a meeting with the 4 current RSMFP fellows: Arti ADUJA ( India), Anthony S. DZADZRA ( Ghana), Binh Quang LE ( Vietnam) and Alok TANDON ( India). All of them expressed their appreciation of the training and the supervision provided by the MPP. They particularly stressed the large choice of courses offered and the quality of the academic staff. Negotiation and report writing skills as well as quantitative tools and economic policies analysis and evaluation were considered as the more valuable skills developed through the program courses.

The mission encouraged the fellows to start planning for their return to their home countries and work. It stressed the need for them to be proactive in order to put in practice their new skills and enhance their professional careers.

Mission to Japan - March 21 - 30, 2006

A mission headed by Kabir Ahmed, Chief Admin. Officer, WBICA, and including Marie des Neiges Grossas, Program Officer, WBISP, visited Japan during the period 21 to 30 March, 2006.

The mission attended graduation ceremonies of the JJ/WBGSP scholars at Yokohama and Keio University; visit the five Partnership Programs at Yokohama National University, University of Tsukuba, GRIPS and Keio University and met with the Program Directors to discuss the status of their respective programs and the JJ/WBGSP Scaling-up program and hosted, jointly with Mr. Yoshimura, the traditional annual reception for JJ/WBGSP scholars, programs directors, and staff at the World Bank Tokyo Office

The JJ/WBGSP delegation held meetings with the following counterparts: .

  • Yokohama National University – Infrastructure Management Program. In a meeting with Prof. Ikeda, Prof. Mineo Kato and Prof. Ichiro Araki, the mission discussed the extension of the Agreement with the university for an additional cohort.
  • Yokohama National University – Tax Policy Program. The mission attended the thesis presentation of the five graduating scholars, followed by the graduation ceremony. In this meeting with the first year scholars, many positive comments were made and some suggestions such as: a) to have better Japanese language preparation prior to start of studies, this would make it possible for scholars to take advantage of their presence in Japan to learn the language and would be useful on campus outside of the classes, which are conducted in English; b) non-English speaking scholars would benefit from writing courses for a longer period of up to two months instead of two weeks.

  • University of Tsukuba. The mission met with the 10 scholars and discussed the Scaling-up program, and reiterated the need to keep in touch and respond to tracer study survey. The scholars expressed great satisfaction with the administration of the Program and the campus location and facilities.

  • GRIPS. At the Meeting with Professor Kurosawa, President Yoshimura and Mikki Hiroe Mr. Yoshimura talked about GRIPS’ long experience as an international center of excellence for education, offering different international programs such as the Program in Transition Economy with the IMF or the Young Leaders Program. He also talked about GRIPS’ future plan to offer a Doctorate in Government where students will spend the first year at GRIPS then do the research in their home country and come back to Japan the last two months to defend their thesis. The scholars were very satisfied with their experience in Japan and with the program’s administration. However, they find this13-month program very concentrated, and it is difficult for them to assimilate the abundance of information provided. They would need some basic Japanese survival courses. They also would like to have a course in International Tax Law.

  • Keio University. The mission attended the graduation ceremony of five JJ/WBGSP scholars and met with university staff to discuss the RFP and gave some clarifications on their questions.

  • Ministry of Finance (MOF). Meeting with Mr. Hasegawa, Director for Development Institutions Division (DID), Mr. Kihara, Deputy Director for DID and Mr. Ihara, Section Chief for DID.

Mr. Hasegawa explained that the budget is still very tight with There has been an evaluation on the effectiveness of money spent, and the funding for ineffective bilateral programs has stopped.

Mr. Kihara announced that the budget for FY06 had been approved, and the scholarship program will receive about the same amount as last year, US$13 million. The JJ/WBGSP budget has been maintained, despite an overall decline of 3%, and a decline over 10% for MDB’s.

The mission pointed out the capacity building benefit brought about by the Partnership Programs in Africa; the high visibility of the World Bank in the developing world which by its brand name only, attracts a large number of highly qualified candidates; and the impact the program currently has on target groups from low income families working specifically on development issues. Also the special links the Program has been able to establish over the years with a wide range of renowned universities around the world specializing in different development related topics are an additional incentive for attracting development practitioners.

Historical testimony: "We worked hard to get these programs going"
Armand Van Nimmen, Supervising Manager for the JJ/WBGS Program (1991-95)

My name is Armand Van Nimmen. I used to work for the World Bank from 1965 to the end of 1995. I have wonderful memories of my time at the institution, particularly of the last fourteen years, when I was active at the World Bank Institute (then called EDI). As Chief of the Human Resources Division there, I was also closely associated with the management of the JJ/WBGSP and especially with the establishment of special programs for Africa and with the introduction of courses in Japan and at Columbia University.

Together with Frank Farner, Scholarships Administrator (1991-98), we worked hard to get these programs going, making sure that they were academically solid and relevant, while at the same time checking that the unit costs were not too high, so that as many scholars as possible could benefit from the assistance made available by the Japanese Government. Therefore, we invited a number of universities to formulate proposals. There were many skeptics, however, who thought that universities would not want to go through such a competitive selection procedure. Furthermore, our critics thought that Africa was not “ripe” to conduct international courses.

I am glad to see that on both these counts the skeptics have been proven wrong. Universities did come up with proposals and were willing to go through the selection process. We had some tough discussions with them, at the end, in convincing them to lower their costs, but the programs did get under way, not only at McGill and CERDI, but also in Africa. And I see that programs such as the ones at Columbia University and in Japan have in the meantime been growing in number.

I am now hooked up to the electronic Discussion Forum and read from afar with great interest about the interest and concerns of past and present scholars. I find it encouraging to see that most people, in various ways, actively contribute to the economic development of their countries and do so with conviction and enthusiasm. That is a clear sign that the Japanese Government, through its unstinting financial support of the program, has been farsighted and enlightened and that education is a key factor in achieving a better and more equitable world.

JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum:

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

with special attention to

II. Capacity Building
The participants expressed their 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
The participants shared their impressions
programs of study:

continued or initiated the discussions on

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 topics to be discussed:

Community BuildingCommunity Building
Capacity BuildingCapacity Building
Program OutreachProgram Outreach

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

To help JJ/WBGSP potential applicants to choose University to study the Program is publishing impressions of our former scholars about the program they attended, education they received, and their student's life. We hope this information will be also interesting to our broader audience.

  News from the graduation ceremony at Yokohama University: "I hope we will try our best to bring the change all of us wish to see in the world"
Speech of
Nasreen Nawaz, from Pakistan, Year of Graduation 2004

To express one’s emotions is difficult, but far more difficult is to leave unsaid the words really needed to be uttered. I still remember in my vivid memory the day I landed in Japan. Since that day I have been learning not just in the class rooms but everywhere, on the roads, railway stations, banks, hospitals, shopping malls, etc. Each and every place in Japan was a learning place for me. The words such as kindness, courtesy, cleanliness, effectiveness, efficiency, hard work, and principles are no more just bookish for me. Sir Winston Churchill said and I quote, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” No doubt, Japan has made thousands of lives, and I really feel myself lucky and proud to be one of those, and I am sure all my friends feel the same. Our teachers at Yokohama National University not only gave us knowledge, they gave us the real education, the ability to think, to understand, to analyze, and to apply. They gave us the strength, courage, confidence, and ability to do our best and prove ourselves. Their kind words didn’t have much opportunity cost, but they always maximized our utility, and let me assure you, they really accomplished their task. I can claim that to give their students without the expectation of any return, any reward or any notice has always been a special quality of all of my teachers. I would like to appreciate the financial support provided by the World Bank, which had an income effect as well as a substitution effect on our lives. The great Gandhi said and I quote, “We must be the change, we wish to see in the world.” I hope, we will be the change, and will try our best to bring the change, all of us wish to see in the world. On behalf of all of my friends, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Government of Japan, to all my teachers at Yokohama National University, my worthy instructors from National Tax College and National Tax Agency, Japan, the MPE office ladies for all their kind help and support, and last but not least, the honorable guests from the World bank for sparing their precious times and energies for us. Thank you very much to all. Arigato gozaimashita!!

  Program studies at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Zin, Thant, from Myanmar, Year of Graduation, 2004

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is unique public health school. It was founded in 1899 and Hygiene in 19th and early 20th century represent wider meaning of public health in nowadays. The school has made many break through in public health. Moreover, the school works closely with WHO - world health organization in many programmes.

I was awarded for the study of MSc. in public health in developing countries (PHDC) in LSHTM by JJWBGSP in 2004. It was one year study from September 2004 to September 2005. The beginning of the year is great adventure. I got many chances to learn from other students. This course recruits priority to international students aiming to exchange their experiences. Among 44 PHDC students for 2004-2005, there are 10 African, 3 East Asia, and 4 south Asia, 1 Arab, 12 European, 5 North America students and the remaining British students. It is the first time that I learned about open society and critical thinking . Studying in LSHTM could reward many externalities such as practicing English, understanding other cultures around the world, grouping union with diversified public health professionals, etc.. The school does not allow smoking inside.

The next advantage in LSHTM is extensively collected books, data and documents. Centuries and decades long history of school collection will be helpful to overviewed holistic approach to health. Furthermore, we can study in one of the largest library in the world "British Library" which is an alliance of LSHTM library. The electronic data base system prepared by school library is very useful. Many publications and journals for public health could be freely downloaded in the library electronic data base.

MSc. PHDC course cover 3 majors; epidemiology, infectious disease control and health policy. The whole years is challenging as well as interesting. Study in health economic showed us how to prioritize and evaluate cost effectiveness of different health programmes. Study in social research also help us insight into qualitative methods and medical anthropology. We could understand that how contextual factors contribute to the successful public health programme. Study in epidemiology and study design show us integrated knowledge of public health. Moreover, Stata - a statistical software package is only introduced me in LSHTM. Tutor/supervisor and teacher support in LSHTM is much helpful. Attending weekly seminars and acquiring current public health knowledge from various programme around the world (UN, WHO, NGO, Universities, etc..) is an advantage of being a LSHTM student.

The whole year is highly challenging and stressful but there is a unique situation helping the most efficient study equally to all students in LSHTM. I would suggest choosing MSc. PHDC in LSHTM to whom those committed to improve health world wide in developing countries.

JJ/WBGSP assists its graduating scholars in their search for employment

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.

JJ/WBGSP publishes abstracts of scholars' Master/Ph.D thesis

To help disseminate knowledge internationally JJ/WBGS Program together with the Scaling-Up Program are inviting current and former JJ/WBGSP scholars from Regular and Partnership Universities to present the Abstracts on their Master/Ph.D thesis to to have them published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

The Programs are accepting only the Master/Ph.D thesis with an abstract included or attached EITHER as a MS Word document OR a PDF file, with the entire document in ONE file. It is a great opportunity to have your research work presented to an international audience through JJ/WBGSP scholarships website. The Program encourages all of you to get involved in this activity.

The Program would like to present appreciation to those who already submitted abstracts of  their Master/Ph.D thesis which have been published on the JJ/WBGSP scholarships website.

III. Alumni News

  Alumni projects: Impact of the climate change on developing countries 
Prakash Sharma from Nepal, LL.M. in Environmental Law from Northwestern School of Law. United States, Year of Graduation 1999

Prakash Sharma is Executive Director of Pro Public, the first public law firm in Nepal, and Director of Friends of the Earth - Nepal, a coalition of international green activists. He has practiced public interest environmental law in Nepal for the last 18 years and has argued over 40 public interest cases on environmental justice and gender justice. Last year, Friends of Earth - Nepal filed a petition to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), arguing that the World Heritage Site of Sagarmatha National Park, home to Mt. Everest, the world's tallest peak, is threatened by climate change. The petition claims that glaciers are melting due to global warming, climate change, and emission of green house gases like carbon. The formation and growth of glacier lakes is a phenomenon closely related to deglaciation. Due to climate warming, these ponds grow bigger and merge. 13 glacial lakes in and around Sagarmatha National Park are about to burst, if no precaution would be taken.

What happens if the UNESCO declares Mt Everest area as the World Heritage Site in Danger? On this, Sharma says, "It will draw attention of many stakeholders. As a result the glacier lake outburst floods (GLOF) disaster potentiality will be lower and the big industries of the world will be discouraged to emit excessive carbon."

On April 21, 2006 Prakash Sharma participated in the Discussion on Development and Climate Change with panelists from Nigeria, El Salvador, and Nepal held in Washington, D.C., USA.

JJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni roster to present their credentials

As the World Bank focuses on building capacity in developing countries to carry out effective socioeconomic development, the JJ/WBGSP is an invaluable resource for building skills and imparting competencies.

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

The objectives are:

  • 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, &
  • to provide an opportunity for people interested in learning about the Program in-depth by getting information from the former scholars

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.

JJ/WBGSP is introducing Program alumni to the international community

Dear JJ/WBGSP Alumni! You are not alone in your effort to improve the world where you live. Working hard, working very, very hard you already achieved certain results. But somewhere on other part of the world, in another developing country someone else is working on the same issue. If you combine your efforts, you can do it much faster, even in a better way. He/she also might be a young person who just started his/her carrier and desperately needs encouragement and support. We need to make the world where we live better for us and for our kids. Let's help each other, let's unite our efforts and improve our life.

To facilitate knowledge sharing, partnership building, and exchange of international experience JJ/WBGSP is inviting Program alumni to present a short story on their contribution to the development of their own county or country of their residence. They can also present abstract/information on their current research, practical development issues, and/or professional experience (up to 35-40 lines with 62-64 characters per line) and describe briefly its importance for the developing world. Please submit your information to It will be published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

If you have any photos presenting your activities when working at the project, you are welcome to submit them to The quality ones will be published on the scholarships website.

You can 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 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

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