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JJ/WBGS Program Newsletter No. 19

(July 2008)
This e-newsletter provides you with updates on the Scholarship and Fellowships Programs 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 $186 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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I. JJ/WBGSP Events 
ArrowAsian Regional Conference in Indonesia, June 4, 2008
ArrowAfrican Regional Conference in Cameroon, May 7, 2008

ArrowJJ/WBGSP mission trip to Japan, June 2 - 4, 2008
ArrowJJ/WBGSP mission trip to Jordan, May 11, 2008
ArrowGraduation ceremony of the School of International and Public Affairs, University of Columbia
ArrowJJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: Overview
ArrowParticipate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!

III. Scholars News
ArrowMessages from JJ/WBGSP scholars
ArrowPlant Science Program at Wageningen University, the Netherlands
ArrowE-Governance Program at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and my professional achievements

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

IV. Alumni News
ArrowAlumni experiences and achievements
JJ/WBGSP Scaling-Up Regional Associations: Welcome to membership
ArrowJJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni roster to present their credentials

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I. JJ/WBGSP Events

Asian Regional Conference in Indonesia, June 4, 2008

The Joint-Japan World Bank Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) held its third Asian regional conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. This one-day conference was a part of the JJ/WBGSP scaling-up activities which aim to promote knowledge sharing with the JJ/WBGSP community and development stakeholders. Indonesia is one of the countries with a large number of JJ/WBGSP alumni. There are 66 Indonesian alumni and 3 current scholars. The conference brought together about 60 participants from the alumni (17 from Indonesia), prospective scholars, representatives from universities, the Indonesian government, the Japanese government, and the World Bank's country office.

Mr. Nizam, Representative from Higher Education, Ministry of National Education, and Mr. Ken Okaniwa, Minister for Economic Affairs and Development, Embassy of Japan in Indonesia, launched a day of extensive knowledge sharing. In their remarks Mr. Nizam and Mr. Okaniwa both emphasized the importance of investing in human capacity building and appreciated the contribution that has been made by the JJ/WBGSP. Mr. Okaniwa also gave a presentation on Human Capacity Development Strategy and Activities in Indonesia and the Region. The objectives of the Japanese assistance in human capacity development, explained in his presentation, are:

  • to promote mutual understanding between Japan and foreign countries and build networks
  • to nurture Japanese students with global outlook and shape and open vibrant society
  • to internationalize Japanese universities & increase their international competitiveness, &
  • to make an intellectual contribution to the international community

Mr. Shubham Chaudhuri gave a presentation on behalf of Mr. Joachim von Amsberg, Country Director. Mr. Chaudhuri spoke on the Bank's development Strategy for Indonesia. He acknowledged the strength of Indonesia's development while pointing out that its education sector still has room for further improvements. Mr. Chaudhuri also talked about how the World Bank has been working with Indonesia with its new country partnership strategy, focusing on investing in institutions for an inclusive, sustainable, and competitive Indonesia.

Mr. Tsutomu Shibata, Senior Adviser, WBI, gave a presentation on the knowledge economy and its implications for the development of Indonesia.

Mr. Robert Pakpahan, Director for Business Process Transformation, Directorate General of Taxes, presented on Effective Tax Program in Japan. 

This was followed by a panel discussion. The panelists represented the JJ/WBGSP's partnership universities:

  • Professor Masahiro Endo, Keio University
  • Professor Daisuke Arie, Yokohama National University, and
  • Mr. Satoru Yanagisawa, JICA Expert (Ministry of Finance) on behalf of Mr. Fujiki Hayashi, President, National Tax College

Many of the Indonesian alumni have pursued their masters study under the JJ/WBGSP in the field of tax policy and most of them now work for Directorate General of Tax at Ministry of Finance, Republic of Indonesia.

Professor Neantro Saavedra-Rivano spoke about Economic Policy Management program at University of Tsukuba.

Mr. Kamel Braham, Scholarships Administrator, WBI, talked about how to apply for the JJ/WBGSP. Officials from the government of Indonesia who attended the conference showed keen interest in applying for scholarships in the future.

Representing the Indonesian alumni, Ms. Vivi Alatas, Senior Economist, World Bank Jakarta Office, spoke about her own experience as an alumni of the JJ/WBGSP. Ms. Alatas also encouraged her peers to apply for the scholarships.

Three alumni who were recognized for their outstanding Master’s degree papers presented their findings at the conference. Their topics were:

  • Current problems and challenges vis-à-vis Taxation by Estimate in Bhutan: an urge for re-structuring by Mr. Gyeltshen, Deputy Commissioner, Tax Administration Division, Department of Revenue and Customs, Bhutan, a graduate of GRIPS
  • Industrial Clusters in the Palm Oil Industry in Indonesia by Mr. Gorga Parlaungan, Staff, Directorate of Potency, Compliance, and Revenue, Directorate General of Taxes, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, a graduate of Yokohama National University
  • Environmental Management Systems for Strategic Decision Making Practice: A Case Study of Khulna City Corporation, Bangladesh by Mr. Md. Matiar Rahman, Senior Assistance Secretary, Ministry of Establishment, Bangladesh, a graduate of Asian Institute of Technology

The conference marked an establishment of JJ/WBGSP alumni association in Indonesia.

African Regional Conference in Cameroon, May 7, 2008

The Joint-Japan World Bank Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) held its third African regional conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon. This one-day conference was a part of the JJ/WBGSP scaling-up activities which aim to promote knowledge sharing with the JJ/WBGSP community and beyond.

Cameroon has many JJ/WBGSP alumni: as of today, there are 47 Cameroonian alumni and 5 scholars currently pursuing their Master’s degrees at the University of Yaoundé II which is one of the country’s top ranking universities and a JJ/WBGS partner. The conference brought together 90 participants from the JJ/WBGSP community and from relevant agencies, including the alumni, scholars, representatives from universities and from the Ministry of Higher Education of Cameroon, NGOs, and the World Bank’s country office.

His Excellency Mr. Kensuke Tsuzuki, Japanese Ambassador to Cameroon, made opening remarks. The speeches by Dr. Oyono Enguéllé Samuel Henri, Sr. Technical advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education, and Dr. Jean Tabi Manga, Rector of the University of Yaoundé, launched a day of extensive knowledge sharing.

Discussions of Africa’s current issues in capacity development and preparedness for the knowledge economy included:

  • a speech by Mr. Abdoulaye Seck, Acting Resident Representative, World Bank, Cameroon, on his own experience in Africa as a senior economist
  • remarks by Professor Roger Tsafack Nanfosso, Director, Economic Policy Management (EPM) Program, University of Yaoundé II, on the joint efforts of EPM and WBI in cultivating future leaders of Africa, and
  • a presentation by Mr. Tsutomu Shibata, Senior Adviser, WBI, on the knowledge economy and its implications for the development of Cameroon

Three alumni who were recognized for their outstanding Master’s degree papers presented their findings at the conference. Their topics were:

  • Oil and Poverty Reduction in Cameroon by Mr. Ali Ahamat Brémé (Chad), University of Yaoundé II
  • Investment Incentive System in Tunisia by Mr. Mahmoud Ghouil (Tunisia), CERDI
  • Participation and Institutional Reform in the Water Sector in Zimbabwe: Case of Smallholder Formal and Informal Irrigation in the Mzingwane Catchment by Mr. Oniward Svubure, UNESCO-IHE

The conference marked the establishments of two new alumni associations: Cameroon and Chad.

“The JJ/WBGSP Alumni association of Cameroon is pleased to be represented in this third regional conference, held as a part of the scaling up activities of the scholarship program sponsored by the government of Japan. We express our profound gratitude for the enormous efforts made by the JJ/WBGS Program to sponsor many Cameroonians without which most of us could not have had the opportunity to acquire competencies in various fields,” says Ms. Grace Alake, representative of Cameroonian Alumni Association who graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Mr. Romain Ndouba, representative of Chadian Alumni Association and a graduate of Université Catholique de Lyon said: “I speak for my colleagues, who have studied under the World Bank and Japanese Government scholarship program, in congratulating these institutions for helping us build our capacities. In our meeting in N’Djamena, many people expressed regret that they
had not been able to keep in touch with their sponsors since this would have been a good way of building a network”.

Mr. Jean-Pierre Senghor is a regional coordinator for the West Africa. In their meeting in April 2004 in Dakar, they set up a regional alumni association (Réseau d’Appui aux Initiatives de Base en Afrique-RAIBA). Since then Mr. Senghor has been active in developing a strong network of young entrepreneurs and development practitioners in the region. "Without any doubt, this conference has been a great success, in terms of the number of participants as well as in the quality of presentations. Thank you for your contribution in knowledge promotion for capacity building in our countries" Mr. Senghor said. "As a commitment made, the three alumni associations that attended this conference in Yaounde, (RAIBA, Cameroon Alumni association and Chad Alumni Association), have decided to put their efforts together

  • to better promote of the JJ/WBGSP in Africa particularly targeting Francophone countries, and also
  • to set up a strong network that could be active in development issues."

Throughout the day, participants discussed how the JJ/WBGSP has contributed to capacity development in Africa and how to leverage the community’s knowledge in addressing today’s development challenges.


JJ/WBGSP mission trip to Japan, June 2 - 4, 2008

Mr. Kamel Braham, Scholarships Administrator, travelled to Japan and Indonesia from June 2-6. Mr. Tsutomu Shibata, Senior Adviser, WBI, joined him for the most part of the mission.

University of Tokyo (UoT): Mr. Kamel Braham and Mr. Tsutomu Shibata met with Prof. Ito, and Ms. Nachi, International Relations Coordinator, from the Graduate School of Public Policy (GRASPP) on June 2. The discussion which followed a previous meeting held in March with Mr. Shibata focused on future collaboration with the Master in Public Policy (MPP) program offered by the GRASPP. The program is offered partly in English, and the GRAPSS intends to have it fully available in English with a view to attract more international students particularly from Asian countries. The GRASPP has student exchange programs with several international universities including Columbia University and Sciences Po (France).

Waseda University: Mr. Kamel Braham met with Mr. Eng Seng Tan, in charge of Scholarships and Students Affairs at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS). They discussed the university admissions, the promotion and dissemination of information to their external contacts.

Yokohama National University (YNU): Mr. Tsutomu Shibata met with Prof. Ikeda. They discussed some activities scaling up activities.

Ritsumeikan University: Mr. Tsutomu Shibata met with Prof. Koyama and discussed the implementation of the short term training course in Japan.

Kobe University: Mr. Kamel Braham met with Professor Ogawa. They discussed the selection of candidates for 2008/2009.

Ministry of Finance: Mr. Kamel Braham and Mr. Tsutomu Shibata met with Mr. Takeshita, from the Division of International Development Institutions, and briefed him about the JJ/WBGSP and the Japan-Indonesian Presidential Scholarship (JIPS). Mr. Takeshita expressed his appreciation of WBI effective management of the JJ/WGSP, and its efforts for the preparation of the JIPS.

Jakarta, June 4-6:

University of Indonesia (UI) and University of Tsukuba (UT): Mr. Kamel Braham and Mr. Tsutomu Shibata held a meeting with Prof. Bambang Brodjo, Dean of the Faculty of Economics (PPM)-UI, and Prof. Neantro Rivano, Director of the Program in Public Policy Management(PPM)-UI on June 4. This meeting was part of WBI efforts to facilitate a partnership between the two university with the aim to establish a Master degree in Public Policy Management at UI. After discussion, UT and UI agreed to collaborate for the progressive implementation of a PPM at UI through (i) a dual MA degree (to be supported by JJ/WBGSP), and (ii) UT hosting PhD students sponsored by UI (to be supported by JIPS). JJ/WBGSP mission trip to Jordan, May 11, 2008

Mr. Kamel Braham, Scholarships Administrator, travelled to Jordan on May 11, 2008. Mr. Kamel Braham met with Dr. Fayez Khasawneh, Secretary General of the MoHE, Dr. Mona Taji, higher education specialist in charge of the HED reform for the Knowledge Economy, and Dr. Mufeed Azam, Dean for Scientific Research, University of Jordan. He presented WBI scholarship programs and discussed ways to increase the number of scholars from Jordan, and to develop partnerships with the University of Jordan, and eventually other universities in Jordan. MoHE representatives explained that WBI scholarship are not well known in Jordan, and suggested to use MoHE channels advertise for the JJ/WBGSP and the RSMFP. They also discussed possible hosting of JJ/WBGSP scholars.

The UoJ has hosted JJ/WBGSP scholars in the past years and is a possible candidate to WBISP's network of cooperating universities. WBISP is working on developing collaborations with universities from MNA.

Graduation ceremony of the School of International and Public Affairs, University of Columbia

On May 18, Mr. Kamel Braham and Ms. Marie Des Neiges Grossas travelled to New York City to attend the graduation ceremony of the School of International and Public Affairs, University of Columbia. On the morning of May 19, they met the Director and team of the Program in Economic Policy and Management and discussed issues related to the JJ/WBGSP partnership program with them. They attended the graduation ceremony and met with JJ/WBGSP scholars in the afternoon.

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 Forumon 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

III. Scholars News

 Messages from JJ/WBGSP scholars

To help JJ/WBGSP potential applicants to choose University to study the Program is publishing impressions of our current and 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.

 Plant Science Program at Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Mohemed, Nasr Eldin Ahmed from Sudan, Program Year 2007  

I am deeply indebted to Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) and grateful for the Government of Japan for fully funding my Master's Degree in Plant Sciences at Wageningen University.

Wageningen University was founded in 1918 for almost a century ago and it has always been an important education and research centers in plant, animal, environmental, agro-technological, and social sciences. In recent decades, it has evolved to be one of the world’s leading centers in life sciences and natural resource management. Its reputation as a center for education and scientific research is well recognized nationally and internationally. I am fortunate to be a part of this distinguished institution.

Since graduation from the University of Khartoum in 1989, I always have a dream ambition to continue postgraduate study in the Netherlands. I was accustomed to visit Dutch Embassy in Khartoum to learn of whether there was an opportunity for pursuing further study and support from the outstanding institutions of the Netherlands. Unfortunately, I realized that it was extremely difficult for Sudanese nationals to be sponsored by the Netherlands Funding Program (Nuffic) due to the fact that Sudan is not listed as an illegible country. Hence, I discontinued proceeding with my application, yet never lost hope that something positive would come soon. It was June 27, 2007 when I received an email message from JJ/WBGSP indicating that I was awarded a scholarship. That was a turning point in my educational career.

My major is in Plant Sciences, a field of biology that focuses on crop production, which branches into other areas such as plant breeding and development of propagation methods as well as the production of food, pharmaceuticals, high quality products and raw materials. It also researches the development and technology of plant and crop production and protection, environmental, quality, health, and socioeconomic aspects.

Wageningen is a tranquil place to stay and study. It provides a good atmosphere of safe rural environment and healthy interpersonal interaction. In the midst of this pleasant environment and positive attitude, I was able to cope well with busy schedule and heavy course load (5 periods 10 courses with practical training tasks, assignments homework and excursions) and find respite in mingling with international students coming from all over the world and reflecting on different cultures, religions, and personal beliefs.

Again, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the JJ/WBGSP steering committee, secretariat, and administrators for their tireless effort to make my learning environment comfortable and challenging. I have no doubt that it would not have been a possible leap without your support.

 E-Governance Program at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and my professional achievements
Bitwayiki, Constantine from Uganda, Program Year 2007

Let me first of all express my sincere appreciation to the World Bank for offering me this scholarship opportunity that is enabling me pursue this very practical and enriching program in e-Governance offered by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.

Applying both my previous practical knowledge and experience in ICT and e-Government and now the Executive Master in e-Governance program’s world wide exposures and technical knowledge, I am happy to share with you the list of my achievements since October 2007 to May 2008. They include:

  • Was in charge of the task management for the development and implementation of a community information system database for the Government of Uganda that is now currently being deployed in lower community local governments (Sub-counties, Town Councils and Municipal Divisions) to cover all districts and Municipalities of the country (activity is ongoing)
  • Has facilitated a Burundi Government envisioning workshop for e-Government Strategic Framework (Early May, 2008)
  • Has developed a Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) 19 Member States Regional e-Government Framework (March 2008)
  • Prepared and produced a statement for ensuring the integration of ICT activities and their budgets into national planning and budgeting processes (December 2007)
  • Has facilitated an e-Immigration workshop under the implementation of the East African Community (EAC) Regional e-Government Framework for the five Partner states (December 2007)
  • Led and guided a team of national ICT experts to define guidelines for the provision ICT project management services for ICT requirements for the recently concluded over 50 Common Wealth Heads of Governments and States Meeting (CHOGM) that was held in November, 2007, Kampala, Uganda

JJ/WBGSP publishes abstracts of scholars' Master/PhD 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/PhD thesis to jjwbgsp@worldbank.orgto have them published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

The Programs are accepting only the Master/PhD 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/PhD 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.

IV. Alumni News

Alumni experiences and achievements

Oo, Moe Thidar, Program in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management at Asian Institute of Technology, Year of Graduation 2006

I finished my graduate study at the Asian Institute of Technology’s Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management (AARM) Program in May 2006. The structure of the AARM program was very flexible which gave me the opportunity to concentrate mainly on subjects that I have greater interest. The program provided me many new skills and knowledge that I did not have before. I would like to say that I am impressed by the quality of education at the AIT as well as the outstanding facilities it provided throughout my education. I am grateful to the World Bank and the Japanese Government who provided me the opportunity to pursue graduate study in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management at Asian Institute of Technology.

Iddamalgoda, Iddamalgoda Arachchige Viddiya Prabodha, Program in Water Resources Management at UNESCO-IHE, Year of Graduation 2005

First of all, I would like to congratulate JJ/WBGSP for continuing this program for last 20 years, disseminating new knowledge to the students of developing countries where there are limited opportunities.

I was benefited by obtaining an international recognized post graduate degree on Water Management graduated from UNESCO-IHE. Since similar degree program is unavailable in my country (Sri Lanka), I was privileged to obtain a degree of that caliber, out of the island.

The courses were designed in such a way that, we were exposed to the different perceptions and concept with respect to Water and Management theories. I was able to be exposed to an international arena where I met various students who seek new knowledge. The resource personal provided was full of experience on subjects whom I could interact with.

I have recognized my main personal benefit standing as a different person with full confidence to undertake any task either at my working place or outside. Respecting the condition imposed by JJ/WBGSP to serve my country after completing my degree program, I contribute to the fullest extend for beneficial of my country, where development is retarded by both man made and natural disasters.

Finally, I would like to thank Japanese government and the people of Japan for funding the most successful Post Graduate Scholarship program in the world. I wish this would continue another 20 years or so, giving support hand indirectly to the developing countries.

Vasconcellos, Roberto Prado De, Program in Law: Taxation/International Trade at London School of Economics and Political Science, Year of Graduation 2005

Since I came back to my home country I noticed that I became more employable. And having received a Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship makes me an even more special lawyer. I feel that people are more interested to listen to what I have to say about international and comparative law, as well as about my experience in living abroad, studying law at the London School of Economics and meeting so many interesting people there. It became easier to publish the papers that I write because of my new credentials.

At the law firm where I work I am frequently asked to peak on certain tax and international trade topics. Today I understand the meaning of globalization and how it influences the world we live in specially my own country and my life as a lawyer. My year as a JJ/WBGSP scholar made me learn much more about international politics, economics and of course, law in legal systems.

Shabalala, Nokuthula Thembi, Program in International Education at University of Sussex, Year of Graduation 2005

The scholarship afforded me the opportunity to study at the University of Sussex in the UK, with a good reputation for development. I interacted with dedicated staff and fellow students who contributed in helping me improve my knowledge and skills on education and national development.

While in the UK, I studied courses which enlightened me on many aspects of education, particularly the education of the disadvantaged in our countries. I came to realize the need for pro poor policies and interventions in order to include all people to work towards the development of a country. I also came to value collaboration among neighboring countries as well as internationally in order to cross transfer new knowledge and skills rather than reinvent an already existing wheel. As a result, I have become a well rounded educationalist who is always willing to learn from all around me.

I am now part of an international project, the virtual university for small states in the commonwealth. We are involved in the collaborative development of web based content in two critical areas for my country, Swaziland’s development, namely tourism and hospitality then small business management.

My interest began while in the JJ/WBGS Program. I studied e-learning and was attached with the teaching and learning development unit at the University of Sussex to research how students experience e-learning. Therefore, had it not been for the scholarship, I would not have acquired such skills and knowledge which have enabled me to help people in my country who would not have had the opportunity, to access university education.

Mendy, Isatou,
 Program in Economics and Economic Policy Management at University of Southampton, Year of Graduation 2006

The benefits I derived from this program cannot be overemphasized. It was this program that enables me to be where I am today. It has helped greatly in the development of my professional career which would not have be possible without the JJ/WBGSP.

I am from a poor family who could not afford to pay for my education and so I am very grateful to the JJ/WBGSP for giving me this opportunity that has enhanced my professional capacity. The program has enabled me to do my work to the best of my ability with a very objective and critical mind. Research and analysis has been of great interest to me which this programmer has equipped me with.

I hope to utilized the knowledge and skills gained from this program for the development of my country and the African continent at large so that the problems of poverty and underdevelopment will be history to Africa.

Although my progression in terms of promotion and salary increment is at a stand still, it will not stop me from performing my duties as a patriotic citizen. For one of the main reasons of coming home is to come and per take in the development process of my country. Therefore I will not lack in any way towards this development process. I am really grateful to the JJ/WBGSP and thank them from the bottom of my heart. I will also implore on JJ/WBGSP to continue the good work so that those hidden talents that do not have the means for higher education could have an opportunity to get it.

JJ/WBGSP Scaling-Up Regional Associations: Welcome to membership

JJ/WBGSP alumni associations have been established in order to bring the alumni in their home countries together for networking and knowledge sharing among themselves. During 2006-2008, a number of associations were initiated at the regional conferences held in different regions of the developing world. Each association carries its own activities such as networking events and on-line discussions. Associations in other countries and regions are expected to be established in the future.

Welcome to membership: We begin to publish contact information for JJ/WBGSP alumni associations. Below you will find contact information for some of them. If you are interested in joining these networks, please contact their representatives.

Reseau d'appui aux initiatives de base en Africa (RAIBA)
[African Grassroots Initiatives Support Network]
JJ/WBGSP alumni from all the Francophone countries in Africa
Mailing Address:
Senghor, Jean Pierre
BP 25187 Dakar RP
221 33 820 86 96
Cell:221 77 569 8015 or 76 870 9521
221 33 839 8939

Chad Alumni Association
JJ/WBGSP alumni from Chad, Africa
Mailing Address:
Ndouba Gueleo Romain
00 235 629 72 02, 00 235 923 25 57
00 235 230 08 25

Kenya JJ/WBGSP Alumni Association
JJ/WBGSP alumni from Kenya, Africa
Mailing Address:
Samuel Oluoch Helu
P.O. BOX: - 1137 - 00200, Nairobi

Indonesian JJ/WBGSP Alumni Association
JJ/WBGSP alumni from Indonesia, Asia
Mailing Address:
Yoyok Satiotomo
Jl. Bromo II A 382; Masnaga - Bintara Jaya, Bekasi Barat 17136, West Java - Indonesia

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/WBGSPis 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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