JICA is seeking innovative ways including partnerships and private enterprise agreements to undertake a range of projects in Central Africa.
In Zambia, for instance, for the first time on the African continent, the agency has partnered Ireland in a ‘pool funding’ to further education.
One result has been the development of so-called mobile science laboratories which will help an estimated 400,000 schoolchildren who previously had no access to practical science education.
Most African countries are now emphasizing more than ever science and math education to meet a growing demand from industry.
In Rwanda JICA has partnered with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and private organizations to help improve the country's important coffee growing industry.
JICA has helped provide initial financial backing, expertise and Japanese volunteers who act as coordinators between the coffee farmers, processing companies and ‘end buyers’ including a major coffee organization in Japan.
Born in England in 1944.
Journalist. Former JICA public relations adviser (2005 to 2013).
Covered multiple conflicts including the Vietnam War as a United Press International correspondant and Newsweek reporter.
From 1992, as spokesman for the UNHCR, was engaged in editing and other aspects of its PR publication Refugees Magazine.
An informal center in Kigali is allowing would-be entrepreneurs to turn their dreams into reality. One idea to emerge is the development of a cheap, mobile solar kiosk which its inventor hopes will allow even the remotest village to establish one-stop business centers connected with the outside world.
Twenty years ago coffee farmer Vincent Mihigo was forced to flee his home during Rwanda’s genocide. Today, Mihigo is a happy man. With the help of JICA and private organizations, he has an expanded and flourishing coffee farm and exports premium coffee as far away as Japan.
Rwanda is coming to terms with its 1990s nightmare. A group of vulnerable women are using the soothing taste of ice cream and the beat of native drums to heal the scars of one of the worst civil conflicts in modern times.
For decades most African nations have ignored science and mathematics education. In Zambia they are trying various innovative ideas which are both simple and affordable to improve the quality of teacher training and the graduation of more students.