July 27, 2016
The Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), one of JICA’s volunteer divisions, has been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Considered the Nobel Prize of Asia, the award was created in memory of President Ramon Magsaysay of the Philippines. Each year, the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation in Manila bestows the award on an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to society in Asia or the world at large.
In giving the award, the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation recognized the JOCV, which celebrated its 50th year last year, for their commitment to becoming a part of the local community while carrying out support efforts, and for their contributions to socioeconomic development in Asia based on the principle and spirit of solidarity. The JOCV has sent a total of 41,000 people around the world to date, of which 12,127 were deployed to Asia. As of June 30, 2016, there are 575 JOCV members engaged in activities in 18 Asian countries.
Since the award’s inception in 1958, more than 300 individuals and 10 organizations have received the award, including Mother Theresa and the 14th Dalai Lama. Former JICA President Sadako Ogata received the award in 1997.
Source: the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation website