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JJ/WBGS Pogram Newsletter No. 14

(January 2007)
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 $174.1 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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ArrowJJ/WBGSP 20th Anniversary
ArrowJJ/WBGSP Scaling-Up Regional Conference, March 2007
ArrowMission to Europe, November 6 - 22, 2006
ArrowSynopsis of the selection process of Regular Program in 2006

ArrowUniversities to Study in 2007 - 2008
ArrowJJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: Overview
ArrowParticipate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!

II. Scholars News
ArrowProgram in Agricultural Economics at the University of London/Wye College, UK
ArrowProgram in Public Policy and Taxation at Yokohama National University, Japan
ArrowProgram in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, United States 

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

III. Alumni News
ArrowImplementing projects on housing, sanitation and infrastructure for communities
ArrowDesigning and supervising construction of hydro projects
Arrow JJ/WBGSP alumni experience and achievements 
ArrowJJ/WBGSP is introducing Program alumni to the international community
Arrow The information on the deadline to fill out the Tracer Study Questionnaire - Part II extended through February 10, 2007
ArrowJJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni roster to present their credentials

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  I. JJ/WBGSP News

JJ/WBGSP 20th Anniversary

In 2007, the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program will celebrate its 20 th anniversary. This should be an opportunity to show the achievements of the program and to mobilize the communities of scholars and alumni. The the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program is quite unique among the hundreds of multilateral, bilateral and NGO funded scholarship programs offered to international students. Unlike most of the well known programs it does not focus on a specific region, group, hosting institution or country, or field of study; the only restriction being for the scholars to pursue graduate studies in development-related fields. The 3,554 scholars supported by the JJWBGSP to date came from almost 150 countries and undertook studies in almost 400 higher education institutions distributed among 40 countries.

The training of thousands of mid-career professionals contributed significantly and undoubtedly to enhance capacity in the developing world in critical areas such as public management and finance, infrastructure projects planning and management, urban and rural development, agriculture and water resources management, environment protection, and public health. The program also contributed to build-up and support development-related academic programs in more than fifteen universities. In particular, the program contributed to develop the capacity of four African universities through the establishment of Master degrees in Economic Policy Management. These four programs are providing training to 120 mid-career public sector professionals each year.

JJ/WBGSP Scaling-Up Regional Conference, March 2007

The Scaling-Up Program will hold a regional conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on March 6, 2007. This will be the second African Regional Conference following the first one held in Nairobi, Kenya, in May, 2006.

The objectives of this event are:
- to promote knowledge sharing among and beyond those who participate in JJ/WBGSP;
- to have a dialogue on current development issues with particular focus on the host country and the region involving development practitioners; and
- to foster a network of scholars.

Presentations by Bank staff, a minister of Tanzania and Japanese ambassador 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.

Participants of the conference 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. There are 63 JJ/WBGSP scholars in total from Tanzania, and the event is also intended to lay the foundations for future development of the Tanzanian alumni association.

The attendance to this conference will be by invitation only. The Program will be sending the letter of invitation to the Tanzanian alumni. Any alumni from other country who will be in Tanzania at the time of the conference and wish to join should contact the Scaling-Up Program at: for further information about attendance. (Please note the Program will not provide travel expenses.)

See more on Scaling-Up Alumni Activities

Mission to Europe, November 6-22, 2006

During the period November 6-22, Kamel Braham, Scholarships Administrator was on mission to Europe. From Nov. 6-8, he participated together with Tsutomu Shibata, Senior Adviser, to the 16th meeting of UN senior fellowships officers held at UNESCO HQ in Paris. During the period Nov 9 - 22, Marie-des-Neiges Grossas, Program Officer joined the Scholarships Administrator as they first met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and then visited JJ/WBGSP hosting institutions in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Participation to the 16th meeting of UN senior fellowships. The meeting provided an opportunity to UN agencies and other IO fellowships programs to share experiences and best practices. The WBI team gave presentations on the Scaling-Up program (Tsutomu Shibata) and on Partnership Programs (Kamel Braham).

Meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE - France) Nov. 9. The objective of the meetings was to introduce the JJ/WBGSP and especially the African Economic Policy Management (EPM) programs and to seek additional support for the EPM programs. The mission met with Denis Seigneur, Alain Verninas and Jean-Marc Pradelle from the Direction Generale de la Cooperation Internationale et du Developpement (DGCID).

Visits to host institutions Nov. 10-22. The mission visited the following universities hosting JJ/WBGSP scholars:

  1. CERDI, Universite d’Auvergne – Clermont Ferrand, France
  2. Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL) – Lausanne, Switzerland
  3. Institut Universitaire d’Etudes du Developpement (IUED) – Geneva, Switzerland
  4. University of Manchester – Manchester, United Kingdom
  5. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – London, United Kingdom
  6. London School of Economics (LSE) – London, United Kingdom
  7. University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) - London, United Kingdom
  8. University of Reading - Reading, United Kingdom
  9. Institute of Social Studies (ISS) – The Hague, The Netherlands
  10. UNESCO-IHE – Delft, The Netherlands
  11. International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, (ITC) – The Netherlands
  12. Institute Prince Leopold of Tropical Medicine – Antwerp, Belgium

The mission met with the Program Directors and university staff to discuss the status of their respective programs; present the new developments of the JJ/WBGSP, such as the restricted list of eligible host institutions starting with the academic year 2007; explore various cost-sharing options and present the JJ/WBGSP Scaling-up program.

The mission met with scholars from the classes of 2005 (graduating) and 2006. The scholars expressed their appreciation to the Japanese Government and the Bank for their support.

Synopsis of the selection process of Regular Program in 2006

The JJ/WBGSP received 3,379 applications for the academic year 2006-2007, which came from over 104 countries. All applications were entered into the JJ/WBGSP database. A total of 1,352 (40% of total applicants) were ineligible after the preliminary screen 1 which was done by members of the Secretariat based on the program's eligibility criteria.

The results of Screen 1 are specified below:

 Reasons for ineligibility No. of  applicants
Background 320  

    Insufficient/non relevant work experience

    Not holding a bachelor degree or equivalent   36
    Having a degree from Part I, ATI or IIT   17
Field of Study (Not supported by JJ/WBGSP)  378 



    Proposing a short-term training program

    Proposing less than a Master Degree    22

    Applying for a Ph.D.


    Applying to study in home country

Age 148 

    Born after 3/31/81


    Born before 3/31/61

Nationality/Residency 71 
    Living/Studying in Part I Country  66
    Part I National/Dual citizenship  4
    National of non-member country   1
Incomplete application 390 
TOTAL  1,352

Screen 2: This major process was done for the 2,027 remaining eligible applicants.

This year 77 candidates were selected to receive the JJ/WBGSP scholarships.

42.86% of the total eligible candidates were females. There has been a steady increase in the female finalists during the last five years as follows: 34.5%; 35.11%, 39.57%, 40%, and 42.86% respectively.

The larger part of finalists (45.5%) is coming from Africa region which also constitutes the largest number of applicants (66%). It is followed by East Asia and LCR countries (14.3% for each region).

In addition, 84.4% of finalists serve in the public sector in their countries, 7.8% work for for NGOs and 7.8% work for Regional/International organizations. It is important to note that 42 finalists (54.5%) come from Focus and Low Income Countries Under Stress (LICUS) countries.This emphasis shows how the Program is supporting both capacity building and human resources development in the neediest countries.

Most of 77 finalist are admitted to universities in Europe (72.7%), North America (20.8%), and that English is the first language of instruction (63.6%) followed by French (27.3%). Around 4% of the finalist are going to study in universities in developing countries.

22% of 77 finalist come from families with parents who have no education and more than 75% from families with parents who have a high school level education or less.

The program continues to draw applicants from different fields of development studies. Candidates are distributed among the following fields of study:

Economics 28 36.4%
Environment/Natural Resources 13 16.9%
Public Health 12 15.6%
Public Policy/International Development 11 14.3%
Agriculture 2 2.6%
Education 2 2.6%
Urban/Regional Planning 2 2.6%
Rural Development 1 1.3%
Other Fields 6 7.8%
TOTAL 77 100%

Universities to Study in 2007 - 2008

Every year JJ/WBGSP Secretariat receives lots of inquires about Universities of study. The JJ/WBGSP Regular Program sponsors graduate studies leading to Masters' degrees in a wide range of Universities around the world.

The Regular Program allows applicants to study at host universities in the World Bank member countries, except their home countries. Scholars may pursue a graduate study program in any development related field at the master's level. The study areas have mostly included economics, public policy, sustainable development, including natural resources and environmental management, agriculture and rural development, urban and regional planning, infrastructure, and health, population, and education. Preference is given to fields of study related to Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Since 1987, JJ/WBGSP scholars studied in more than 400 universities around the world.

For the academic year 2007 - 2008 JJ/WBGSP will sponsor studies only in the Program's host universities. Only admissions in the Program's host universities will be considered.

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 shared 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:

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, project experience, and development issues.
Most of the discussions focused on:

III. Program Outreach
The participants shared their project experience and thoughts

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

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.

Program in Agricultural Economics at the University of London/Wye College, UK
Ahmed Shukri Lutfi Al-Rimawi, from Jordan, Year of Graduation 1988

I attended the University of London / Wye College in the United Kingdom from 1988-1991. The Program in Agricultural Economics at Wye College was quite scholarly. It was almost a pure research work, with highly professional and well-experienced faculty staff members who were fully supportive to students. This was very true to my supervisor professor Berkeley Hill, who proved always to be very kind and helpful throughout my study in the UK.

In 2000, Imperial College London merged with Wye College, the University of London's agricultural college in Wye, Kent, and it is now called Imperial College at Wye. In 2005, Imperial College announced that Wye College would be converted into a research center for non-food crops and biomass fuels and most of the College Farm would be developed for housing. I am sorry to hear that the green field of Wye College will go to black and white constructions. As Ruth Gasson, a prominent ex-senior researcher in Wye said in a recent e-mail to me, I feel so thankful that my time at Wye College finished before it changed so drastically.

The benefits gained from my study funded by JJ/WBGSP were quite high. After graduation in 1991, I moved from the Ministry of Agriculture to the University of Jordan (UOJ). The Scholarship provided me the opportunity to work in the UOJ. I started with a rank of assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension.

The PhD program in Wye college through the JJ/WBGSP has significantly contributed in promoting my technical, methodological and personal development. My experience in scientific research activities was very helpful for academic research work, as well as writing books. This was manifested in my research portfolio, as about 30-refereed papers are published, many of which are published in varied international papers. I am the sole or the main author of seven academic textbooks for students in my university, other universities and for training in a distinguished regional company. This has helped me to be promoted to associated professor rank, and then to full professor in the minimum period of time for promotion.

Personally, my PhD had significantly helped me to improve my income. This enabled me to educate three children; two for MSc in banking, who have senior positions in Jordanian banks, and one for a BSc in IT, who serves as a technical specialist in a regional company in Bahrain.

My professional activities were recognized by my university. After my promotion to associate professor, I was appointed as a head of the department, and I am still in this position. Many of my scholarly activities were directly related to the development activities of my country (see my attached CV). These include:

  • Restructuring of the academic Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, to which I belong, to a quite competitive department, that is the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management.
  • Active involvement with the FAO supported strategic extension campaign of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) for promoting olive production. I was involved in the campaign through a series of training workshops and leading national surveys pre and post the campaign, and to the establishment of the Olive Council in Jordan. During my work in the MOA, I served for more than 15 years in the highly successful development projects for promoting olive production of the MOA with generous support from the WFP of the UN.
  • Active involvement in the national committees of the strategy of agricultural statistics for improvements of the annual agricultural surveys, and Agricultural Census of 1997, and the forthcoming Agricultural Census of 2007. Many of my research work is based on the raw data of Department of Statistics (DOS). The DOS will publish some of the 2007 Agricultural Census results according the rainfall areas, based on the results of one of my published papers.

Program in Public Policy and Taxation at Yokohama National University, Japan  
Yam Nath Sharma, from Nepal, Year of Graduation 1998

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to graduate in Public Policy and Taxation (PPT) Masters Program from Yokohama National University in 2000. These two years of study in Japan are the most productive parts in my life in terms of learning, building confidence, and making friends. My participation in the Program turned out to be a new beginning in my career.

Before coming to Japan I had studied economics at undergraduate level. During my study I developed a good background in public economics and taxation. It was also the first opportunity for me to practice English. Initially I had problems in communicating. After a year I had improved my English a lot.

The Program always tried to create a congenial environment for students. The Program Director and faculties always thought how the Program could be made more productive. They established an office staffed by dedicated and competent members, allocated rooms at the hostels, and tried to create a special library for PPT students.

The Program also offered mandatory and optional Japanese language classes. They tried to teach us by using Roman character instead of Chinese. After seriously pursuing the contents in the classes, I could manage to communicate in Japanese within a year. This has helped me in making friends and learning Japanese culture. I am always appreciative of Japanese habit to work. This culture is detrimental to economic growth of developing countries.

On my return I was posted at the training center under the Ministry of Finance as a Revenue Instructor. I enjoyed this job as I was organizing classes for trainees and teaching. I taught theory and practice of taxation. Later I was deputed to the Ministry of Finance with special assignments. After being promoted, I am working at the National Planning Commission Secretariat. My job is not directly related to tax. However, professional education and training for my degree in economics from Japan help me a lot to deal with my work. The habit of working hard and appreciating the hard work of others that I have learnt from Japan will always help me to succeed in any organization. I have initiated a number of works towards public sector reform the result of which is yet to be seen.

Program in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, United States 
Rajendra Shankar Shukla, from India, Year of Graduation 1999

It was my proud privilege to have received Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship for pursuing Master of Health Science Program at Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health. I got this opportunity at an appropriate time in my career, and the knowledge and skills acquired at Johns Hopkins have stood me in good stead in the performance of my functions as a public health professional. Because of my exposure at Johns Hopkins and good performance, I was also admitted to Doctor of Public Health Degree Program me at Johns Hopkins which I completed recently with financial support from National Institute of Health/Fogarty.

The courses at Johns Hopkins are very well designed for imparting knowledge and skills regarding fundamental disciplines of public health i.e. epidemiology and bio-statistics. Besides, there are very good courses in disease prevention and control, health system management, research methodology, health economics and population dynamics.

Presently, I am functioning as the Project Director of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Project in the Health & Family Welfare Department of Government of West Bengal state in India.

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.

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.

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.

III. Alumni News

Implementing projects on housing, sanitation and infrastructure for communities

Luiz Gustavo Packer Hintz, Master in Urban Management and Development from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, The Netherlands, Year of Graduation 2004

Caixa Economica Federal is a public enterprise entirely owned by the Brazilian central government. It provides the usual set of banking services such as accounts, credit cards and loans to individual customers. It also stands as the main implementer of Brazil’s central government policies on housing, sanitation, and urban infra-structure. For the attainment of the latter, the organizational structure of Caixa Economica Federal counts on its Urban Development Department, manned by civil engineers, architects, social workers, and administrative staff. The Department cooperates with Federal Ministries primarily in operations related to the transfer of grants that must be used by local civil administrations in social housing, sanitation, and urban infrastructure projects. The Urban Development Department of the bank also stimulates the private sector through its financing of private housing and land development projects. After having been approved in a competitive public examinations process, as required by the Brazilian law regarding the civil service, I started my career as a civil engineer in the Urban Development Department of Caixa Economica Federal in April 2000. My duties are primarily connected to the technical and financial feasibility analysis of projects on housing, sanitation and infrastructure put forth by either municipalities or private construction companies and developers.

The Brazilian housing deficit has soared in 2006 to estimated 7.9 million units, of which 86% are demanded by the lower income levels of the population. Since 2002 efforts have been made by the Brazilian central government to reverse this situation. Remodeling has come primarily with banking social inclusion programs. Under these programs simplified bank accounts and access to micro-credit now reach the low-income informal workforce and the low-income formal workforce. Brazil’s federal public administration started to reform its housing programs as well.

My position at the Urban Development Department of Caixa Economica Federal has given me – through the social housing subsidy program – the opportunity to work in closer cooperation with small municipalities, housing corporations, NGOs, community-based organizations, and labor unions, willing to make good use of available funds. In many instances I have seen my activities extending beyond the analysis of projects to the provision of comprehensive consulting services to civil society organizations with no past experience in land development and construction. It has not been uncommon for me to devise blueprints and budgets together with local communities and to provide hands-on guidance in every phase of their projects: from designing and preparation of documents for subsidy application to the supervision of construction works. It has been remarkable meanwhile to witness so far the power the social housing subsidy program has demonstrated in stimulating capacity development in even the poorest of communities.

In 2006 alone Onde Moras managed to build 160 housing units in its home city of Londrina (in the southern state of Parana, Brazil) thanks to social housing subsidies and the support of the Urban Development Department of Caixa Economica Federal. The good outcomes of the social housing subsidy policy throughout the nation have prompted Brazilian central government to announce its raise of fund commitments to the program from US$ 580 million in 2006 to US$ 3.25 billion in 2007. The favorable environment now allows Onde Moras to realistically plan the future expansion of its operations to neighboring towns and the building of 500 housing units in 2007. Though having also participated intensively in other land and housing development projects, I have become particularly inspired by Onde Moras’ grass-roots nature in addressing the housing needs of the periphery population living in shanty homes and slums. It is also noteworthy to observe that the success of the Brazilian social housing subsidy program reflects a myriad of aggregate individual efforts coming from all involved parties and set into motion by a seemingly thrift initial financial stimulus.

  Designing and supervising construction of hydro projects

Anton D. Tzenkov, Master in Civil Engineering from Carleton University, Canada, Year of Graduation 1998

Thanks to the JJWBGSP scholarship, which was awarded to me in 1998 and extended for one more year in 1999, I earned in 2001 a Master of Engineering (thesis) degree from Carleton University at Ottawa, Canada. My thesis is on the seismic behavior of concrete arch dams. I am proud to mention that I was awarded a Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement for my studies, research and thesis at Carleton University. Upon the defense of my thesis I returned in my home country, Bulgaria. Since then I have been working with a leading consulting company in the field of hydropower engineering, Energoproekt-Hydropower Ltd, as a Lead Design Engineer. I have been involved in the design and construction supervision of several hydro projects. One of them is the Tsankov Kamak arch dam, a 130 meter high concrete structure. The dam is part of an 85 MW hydropower project in Bulgaria, which has been under construction since 2004. At the end of 2003, I also started a part-time PhD program at the Institute on Water Problems to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, which enabled me to continue and develop the research I had conducted for my Master of Engineering thesis. In this way, I was able to apply the knowledge and skills I earned, as well as to further the research I started, thanks to the JJWBGSP scholarship, as a graduate student at Carleton University.

JJ/WBGSP alumni experiences and achievements

W.M.Lalith Perera, Master in Environmental Management from Australian National University, Year of Graduation 1993

Thank you very much giving me this valuable chance to earn a masters, degree in Australia. Otherwise person like me, would have had any chance to get a foreign degree as my parents and family are unable to give a hand to do any study in such country. Therefore, finally I would like to thank very much arranging this type of scholarship program in collaboration with the Government of Japan who is a such great hospitable nation born to the world in this troubled world. May you get all strengths to overcome all challenges on your way to a success.

Peter Anthony Gubbels, Master in Rural Development from University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, Year of Graduation 1991

I developed my professional and technical skills which I was able to apply to strengthening my organization’s institutional ability for high quality rural development programs in 16 countries addressing local capacity building, sustainable agriculture, community and reproductive health and functional literacy.

Carlos J. Perez, Master in Entomology from Cornell University, United States, Year of Graduation 1993

The support from the JJ/WBGSP allowed me to obtain the highest education at a very renowned University (Cornell University). This increased my chances to become part of the policy making apparatus in my country (Nicaragua) and other countries in Central America. This also provided me with the competitiveness required at the international level (Switzerland, USA etc). Currently, I am working at an international Organization with a clear personnel policy based on academic achievements and relevant experience in natural resources management and agricultural research. So, my current position would not be possible without the Ph.D degree obtained at Cornell. As a result, I am now contributing to policy design and strategies for climate change adaptation in the forestry and agricultural sectors of Central America.

Koronel M. P. Kema, Master in Tropical Health Engineering from University of Leeds, United Kingdom, Year of Graduation 1995

My career professional growth would have not been possible without the support of JJ/WBGSP at the University of Leeds. Main benefits from JJ/WBGSP included the acknowledgment of academic achievements by the government of Tanzania (employer) and get promoted to senior professional level and appointed as a contact person for NGOs projects in Dodoma region from 1997-2000 Sept. With that experience I joined the British Council to manage. The Tanzania family health project in Mbeya region.

Horacio Martinez Vargas, Master in Public Administration from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Year of Graduation 1999

The opportunity to travel out of my country allow me to know different people from all around the world. Also it allows me to share my experiences working in the public sector and to know the new trends all around the world about the new public management. I had the opportunity to learn from a group of professors from the international developing department who travel around the world to advise governments in specific public policies.

Actually, I am Director of Economic Development in Ecatepec De Morelos (Estado de Mexico), perhaps the most crowded region in the world. More than 3.5 million people living in 187 KM2. My job is to promote investments in the region. I am also a professor in the Iberoamericana University in the State of Puebla.

JJ/WBGSP is introducing Program alumni to the international community

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.

The information on the deadline to fill out the Tracer Study Questionnaire - Part II extended through February 10, 2007

We are pleased to inform you that the deadline to fill out the Tracer Study Questionnaire - Part II has been extended through February 10, 2007.

We would like to thank all our alumni who did already respond to either or both parts of the survey and to encourage the others to do so. This is an important contribution to the continuation and development of the program.

Those who did complete only one part of the survey are also encouraged to fill out the missing part.

In addition we would appreciate to receive any document, including photos, or piece of information regarding projects, programs and reforms you might be involved in. This information would be used in the documents to be prepared for the 20th anniversary.

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.

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