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Global Development Learning Network

Initiated by the World Bank in June 2000, the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) is a global partnership of more than 100 learning centers (GDLN Affiliates) that offer the use of advanced information and communication technologies to people working in development around the world.

Through videoconferencing, high-speed internet resources, and interactive facilitation and learning techniques, GDLN Affiliates enable their clients to hold coordination, consultation, and training events in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) GDLN clients include academic institutions offering distance learning courses on development issues; development agencies seeking dialogue with key partners across the globe; government agencies discussing policy with counterparts in other countries; and non-governmental organizations coordinating with their partners worldwide.

The Network’s "anchor unit", GDLN Services, is housed in WBI, and consists of the GDLN Secretariat and the GDLN Activity Services team. GDLN coordination teams in the Bank’s regional departments work with Affiliates and partners in their respective regions. Furthermore, the Bank provides the Network’s technology backbone through its global communications group. The Bank is also an important client of the Network; WBI alone has offered more than 600 courses, seminars, and dialogues through GDLN.

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