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Seminar "The TICAD Initiative: What is new in Japanese Economic Assistance to Africa?"

Department of East Asian Studies University of Leeds
(In collaboration with the Africa-Asia Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies, London)
11th -12th October, 2010

[ 2010-10-07 ]

In February 2009 the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds, organised a highly successful workshop about Japan's recent initiatives concerning African economies. The workshop focused on the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) to assess the dimensions and depth of Japan's evolving interest in African development. It was agreed at the event that discussion and assessment regarding the TICAD should be ongoing.

Consequently, in collaboration with the Africa-Asia Centre (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), the Department of East Asian Studies is putting together a follow-up seminar on Japanese economic assistance to Africa under the title: "The TICAD Initiative: What is new in Japanese Economic Assistance to Africa?". The TICAD should be seen and assessed within the context of the role of the ‘Asian Drivers' and the tipping points in history (in so far as these trends can be said to be enforcing a change in global affairs in general and Africa's historical circumstances in particular).

This year's seminar, "The TICAD Initiative: What is new in Japanese Economic Assistance to Africa?", is designed to further the debate and evaluate the TICAD process more extensively, by spelling out possible Japanese ‘exceptionalisms' in an analysis that should throw up certain clues and points of comparison in development approaches. The seminar brings together eight speakers:

  • Professor Motoki Takahashi, University of Kobe
  • Professor Machiko K. Nissanke, School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Dr. Caroline Rose, University of Leeds
  • Mr. Kimiaki Jin, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), UK
  • Dr. Soyeun Kim, University of Leeds
  • Dr. Dirk Willem te Velde, Overseas Development Institute
  • Dr. Kweku Ampiah, University of Leeds

Working on the assumption that TICAD is designed to assemble and process a new kind of telescope that might expose the finer details of the economic dysfunctions of Africa, the speakers will aim to tease out Japan's recent contributions to economic development in Africa. Among the topics to be addressed are:

  • The concept of ownership and self-help in Japanese economic assistance to Africa
  • Japan and China's interests in Africa
  • Environmental concerns in within the TICAD process
  • Capacity development

The event will run twice, on the 11th and 12th of October 2010, at the University of Leeds, and Birkbeck College, London.

Presentations and Documents

  • Last frontier of Japan's ODA? - Peculiarity, potentials and pitfalls of her cooperation for African development - (Professor Motoki Takahashi) (PDF/166KB)
  • The Changing Landscape in Aid Relationships in Africa: Can China’s engagement make a difference to African development? (Professor Machiko K. Nissanke) (PDF/59KB)
  • Japan and China in Africa: mutual (mis-) perceptions and the prospects for cooperation (Dr. Caroline Rose) (PDF/57KB)
  • The Struggle of Capacity Development beyond Financing (Mr. Kimiaki Jin) (PDF/347KB)
  • Japan's‘common but differentiated’ approach to climate change in Africa (Dr. Soyeun Kim) (PDF/44KB)
  • Japanese aid, One Village One Product (OVOP) and the UK's Big Society Idea (Dr Dirk Willem te Velde and Dr Fletcher Tembo) (PDF/352KB)
  • Local Ownership of Development in Japanese Aid to Africa (Dr. Kweku Ampiah) (PDF/76KB)

SEMINAR PROGRAM

11th October 2010

Time:9.30 - 16:00
Venue:University of Leeds
Seminar Rooms 3 and 4
Leeds Humanities Research Institute
29-31 Clarendon Place
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
9.30 - 9.45Registration and Welcome
9.45 - 11.15Chair: Dr. Caroline Rose (University of Leeds)
Professor Motoki Takahashi (University of Kobe), ' Last Frontier of Japan's ODA? —Peculiarities, Potentials and Pitfalls of Her Cooperation for African Development—'
Dr. Kweku Ampiah (University of Leeds), Local Ownership of Development in Japanese Aid to Africa
11.15 - 11.30Tea/ Coffee Break
11.30 - 13.30Chair: Dr. Kweku Ampiah (University of Leeds)
Mr. Kimiaki Jin (JICA UK), Capacity Development beyond Financial Assistance
Dr. Soyeun Kim (University of Leeds), Japan's Common but Differentiated Approaches to Climate Change in Africa
Dr. Caroline Rose (University of Leeds), Japan and China in Africa: Competition versus Complementarities and Collaboration

12th October 2010

Time:9.30 - 16:00
Venue:Birkbeck College, University of London,
Malet Street Building,
Room 532,
London,
WC1E 7HX
9.15 - 9.30Registration and Welcome
9.30 -11.00Chair: Dr. Dirk Willem te Velde (ODI)
Professor MotokiTakahashi (University of Kobe), ' Last Frontier of Japan's ODA? —Peculiarities, Potentials and Pitfalls of Her Cooperation for African Development—'
Dr. Kweku Ampiah (University of Leeds), Local Ownership of Development in Japanese Aid to Africa
11.00 - 11.15Break
11:15-13.00Chair: Dr. Kweku Ampiah (University of Leeds)
Mr. Kimiaki Jin (JICA UK), Capacity Development beyond Financial Assistance
Dr. Dirk Willem te Velde (ODI),  Topical Issues in JICA's Assistance
Dr. Soyeun Kim (University of Leeds), Japan's Common but Differentiated Approaches to Climate Change in Africa
13.00 - 13.30Lunch
13.30 -15.00Chair: Dr. Chris Alden (LSE)
Professor Machiko Nissanke (SOAS), The Changing Landscape in Aid Relationships in Africa: Can China's Engagement Make a Difference to African Development?
Dr Caroline Rose (University of Leeds), Japan and China in Africa: Competition versus Complementarities and Collaboration

For further information and registration, please contact the following e-mail address, jicauk@jica.co.uk

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