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JJ/WBGSP Tokyo Conference, June, 2007:
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program after 20 years

The World Bank Institute (WBI), in collaboration with Japan’s Ministry of Finance, marked the 20th anniversary of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) by holding an international conference on Twenty Years of Investing in Human Capital, on June 6, 2007, at Keio University. The aim of the conference was to explore achievements and challenges of investing in human capital, through attempts represented by the JJ/WBGSP with a view to share its success and potentials for further improvement of its effectiveness.

The conference was attended by experts from academia, senior staff from the Government of Japan and the World Bank, and current JJ/WBGSP scholars and alumni, including:

  • Ms. Ngosa Chisupa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Zambia; University of Tsukuba
  • Professor Yujiro Hayami, GRIPS
  • Mr. Luis Jemio, Former Minister, Ministry of Finance, Bolivia; Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands
  • Professor Masatoshi Kuratani, Graduate School of Business and Commerce, Keio University
  • Ms. Stergomena Tax, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing, Tanzania; University of Tsukuba
  • Mr. Odgerel Ulziikhutag, Director General of Post Development, Ministry of Road, Transportation and Tourism, Mongolia; Yokohama National University
  • Mr. Makoto Utsumi, President and CEO, Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd.

     For details see: 

Conference Agenda (Speeches and Presentations) Conference Agenda (Speeches and Presentations)
Investing in Human CapitalInvesting in Human Capital
Alumni Awarded at Tokyo ConferenceAlumni Awarded at Tokyo Conference
JJ/WBGSP Video PresentationJJ/WBGSP Video Presentation

Capacity is at the heart of development effectiveness. The development community recognizes that increasing physical resources alone will not reduce poverty. The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness noted that the "...capacity to plan, manage, implement, and account for results...is critical for achieving development objectives." Public, private, and nongovernmental organizations must have a critical mass of human capital - leaders and staff with the knowledge and skills to formulate effective policies and manage resources efficiently. The JJ/WBGSP is a valuable and important instrument for helping to shape tomorrow’s leaders in development.

See also:

Asian Regional Conference in Indonesia, June 4, 2008 Asian Regional Conference in Indonesia, June 4, 2008 
African Regional Conference in Cameroon, May 7, 2008 African Regional Conference in Cameroon, May 7, 2008
African Regional Conference in Tanzania, March 6, 2007African Regional Conference in Tanzania, March 6, 2007
Asian Regional Conference in Vietnam, May 26, 200Asian Regional Conference in Vietnam, May 26, 2006
African Regional Conference in Kenya, May 11, 20African Regional Conference in Kenya, May 11, 2006

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