The Knowledge Co-Creation Program (KCCP) is one of the core programs carried out in Japan and is one of the two methods on JICA's technical cooperation. By inviting officials from developing countries and with the cooperation of domestic partners, the Knowledge Co-Creation Program provides technical knowledge and practical solutions for development issues in participating countries.
JICA hosts approximately 10,000 participants every year in cooperation with its nine international centers and three branch offices across Japan. The majority of participants are affiliated with partner governments and are decision makers, technical advisors and practitioners, concerned strategic personnel, and so forth. Moreover, there has been an increase in NGO-affiliated participants and academic participants, reflecting the diversified needs of developing countries and capacity expansion of Japan's cooperation programs. The Knowledge Co-Creation Program is undertaken in cooperation with universities, research institutes, private-sector enterprises, public-interest organizations, NGOs, and other organizations as well as central and local governments.
One of the specific characteristics of the Knowledge Co-Creation Program is to provide an opportunity for participants to become aware of and reexamine the issues and challenges of their own countries from outside by experiencing Japan. Hence, participants get to be able to tackle various development issues in their home countries with a different perspective.
The Knowledge Co-Creation Program, a globally unique program in terms of its scale and diversity, is an essential tool of JICA's technical cooperation utilizing Japan's own knowledge, skills, and development experiences to promote human resource development issues in partner countries.