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Seminar for Scholars, 2009


July 22, 2009 - As part of its scaling-up activities, the Scholarships Program held a lunch seminar for the JJ/WBGSP scholars who are doing their summer internship in Washington DC at the World Bank and IMF headquarters. This annual event provides the scholars with an opportunity to share their internship experiences and their plans for returning to their counties with the Steering Committee Members and the Secretariat of the JJ/WBGSP

Eight scholars from the masters programs at Columbia University, Harvard University, CERDI, and Cornell University attended the lunch.

From left to right: Mr. Naohisa Konita, Advisor to Executive Director for Japan, World Bank, Mr. Tsutomu Shibata, Senior Adviser to WBI, Ms. Gudrun Kochendorfer-Lucius, Director of Capacity Development and Partnerships, WBI, and Mr. Akihiko Nishio, Director of Operations Department, WBI
 

The scholars were welcomed by Ms. Gudrun Kochendorfer-Lucius, Director of Capacity Development and Partnerships, WBI, and Mr. Akihiko Nishio, Director of Operations Department, WBI. "It is great to see many of you linking your experience back home with your current academic training. While you do your internship, I encourage you to meet as many people as possible at the World Bank and IMF. There are plenty of learning

opportunities in these institutions," remarked Mr. Nishio.

Mr. Tsutomu Shibata, Senior Adviser to WBI, while introducing the scaling-up activities of the JJ/WBGSP, asked the scholars to actively engage in establishing alumni networks in their home countries and continue to build on their knowledge base after the completion of their degrees. Ms. Danielle Carbonneau, Scholarship Administrator, also emphasized the importance of keeping in touch with the program.

 

Ms. Danielle Carbonneau, Scholarship Administrator (first on the left) emphasized the importance for the scholars of keeping in touch with JJ/WBGSP



Also present at the meeting were Mark Nelson, Practice Manager, Partnership and Scholarships, WBI, Mah Lamoussa Gama, Program Officer and Marie Des Neiges Grossas, Scholarships Program Consultant. They enthusiatically exchanged opinions with the scholars about their internship work and the Scholarships Program.
 

Mark Nelson, Practice Manager, Partnership and Scholarships, WBI and Mah Lamoussa Gama, Program Officer,  enthusiatically exchanged opinions with the scholars about their internship work and the Scholarships Program.

The scholars summarized their internships as follows.

Daniella Llanos, Peru,
Public Administration in International Development, Harvard University
I am doing my summer internship at the Economic Policy Unit at the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Region at the World Bank. I am currently assisting in the preparation of a regional report on commodity dependence in the LAC countries. So far, this internship experience has allowed me to implement some of the skills I have been acquiring at Harvard over the past year. Indeed, I think that this internship is a nice complement to my
 Daniella Llanos, Peru 
degree at Harvard, as it has given me more realistic perspective of the theory I have been learning. I also think that, when I resume my studies this fall, my experience here will prove useful and valuable for understanding development and policy issue.

Dooneshsingh Audit, Mauritius,
Economic Policy Management, Columbia University
Dooneshsingh Audit, Mauritius
 

I am interning in the Finance and Economic Unit at the World Bank. My main task is to analyze the impact of the fiscal stimulus in Indonesia. Following the global economic slowdown, Indonesia has experienced a fall in its real GDP growth and a rise in unemployment. The Indonesian authorities have responded by pursuing a fiscal stimulus, which includes spending on infrastructure. My work consists of evaluating how far this strategy is supporting

GDP growth and creating jobs. My internship provided me with a platform to put into practice the various new skills I developed during my time at Columbia University. The insights I gained from the PEPM program helped me interpret various pieces of data from the Indonesian economy with a much greater sense of what lies beneath. After JJ/WBGSP, I will go back to my job at the Central Bank to share my experience and bring my skills to the service of my country. 

Guillermina Barriviera, Argentina,
Gestion de la Politique Economique, CERDI, Université d’Auvergne
Guillermina Barriviera, Argentina
 

I am doing my internship at the Governance and Innovation area in the World Bank Institute, specifically focusing on Youth Services.

My internship complements my academic training by involving me in planning and program execution. I am gaining experience in the components required to reach effective policies for specific issues. Specifically,  

I am considering methodological aspects, planning the sequence of activities, identifying and connecting with the most relevant networks to partner with, testing and analyzing data, coordinating and researching follow-ups, etc.

My plan after completing the degree under JJ/WBGSP is to return to my country and my previous job. At the same time, I plan to explore other opportunities and find some alternative work where I can be useful and apply the knowledge and experience I've acquired.

Zeno Ronald Ruiz Abenoja, Philippines,
Economic Policy Management, Columbia University
Zeno Ronald Ruiz Abenoja, Philippines
 

I am currently assigned to the South Asia Division of the Asia and Pacific Department at the IMF on a study regarding overseas workers' remittances, examining data on remittances from 6 Asian countries. The main objective is to gain a better understanding of the determinants of remittances as well as to identify any differences in the behavior of remittances. The research project allowed me to directly apply a wide array of empirical techniques and

analytical tools that were acquired during our academic training. After completing the requirements for my degree, I will be going back to my home institution, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. It is my intent to fully utilize the knowledge and skills that I have gained during this program to my work. Finally, may I express my sincere appreciation to the World Bank and the Government of Japan for establishing the JJ/WBGSP to provide opportunities for public officials in developing countries to pursue graduate studies in distinguished academic institutions.

This face-to-face interaction reinforced the joint efforts carried out by the Japanese Government and the World Bank in investing in human capital to build capacity for development. After the meeting with the scholars, Mr. Naohisa Konita, Advisor to the Executive Director for Japan, World Bank, expressed his appreciation and pleasure to have seen the achievements of the scholars. "I am simply happy to learn from the meeting today that the JJ/WBGSP scholars are gaining very positive experience from their academic and professional training, which will surely make a great contribution to the development their countries when they complete their degrees and return home." He also asked the scholars to be ready to receive Japanese government officials who would visit their countries as this would be a precious opportunity to demonstrate the impact of the program and the value of their country's contribution to international development.

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