Message from the Director
We are pleased to announce that the JICA Research Institute has changed its name to the JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development (abbreviated as JICA Ogata Research Institute) as of April 1, 2020. The institute has been renamed in honor of the contributions made by the late Japanese academic, diplomat and practitioner, Dr. OGATA Sadako, who also served as the President of JICA from 2003 to 2012. We look forward to your continued cooperation, support and enthusiasm.
As then President of JICA, Dr. OGATA Sadako spearheaded the establishment of our research institute in October 2008, with the aims of conducting policy-oriented research on challenges faced by developing countries in the field and strengthening Japan’s intellectual presence in the international community. Taking her passion to heart, I am committed to further enhancing our research and dissemination activities toward achieving JICA’s two-pronged mission—“human security” and “quality growth.” To this end, we will draw upon Japan’s experiences of development and development cooperation, while keeping today’s problems and threats in view. In particular, I would like to deepen and expand our expertise in the following three areas, which I have emphasized since my appointment as Director in 2018.
First, with a practical, field-oriented approach, we seek to promote research that improves JICA’s strategies and operational effectiveness and contributes to the policies of partner countries and international development. Our approach is comprehensive, ranging from post-crisis reconstruction to sustainable development. In doing so, we commit to making even greater use of the assets—knowledge, data and human networks—that JICA has accumulated through years of cooperation with developing countries.
Second, as an open research platform, we aim to strengthen our “knowledge co-creation” capabilities through networking with diverse stakeholders. The Knowledge Forum, launched in 2019, is part of this endeavor. We will also expand our intellectual partnerships both abroad and in various parts of Japan, with international organizations and research institutes in developing and emerging countries, as well as young researchers who will become the leaders of tomorrow.
Third, as a research hub on Japanese development and international cooperation, we will become an intellectual nexus between researchers in Japan and abroad. With the rise of emerging countries and the changing architecture of development cooperation, it is vitally important for Japan to synthesize and disseminate its own experiences as the first non-Western country to have had the “dual” experiences of being both a recipient and an aid provider, and to actively participate in shaping international norms. In this regard, we will build synergy with the JICA Development Studies Program, a program that invites future leaders from partner countries to Japan for advanced studies.
In 2019, we worked hard to disseminate our research results, utilizing such forums as Think 20, which made policy recommendations to the G20 Osaka Summit, the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Summit. With only ten years left until 2030, the deadline for the SDGs, the JICA Ogata Research Institute will boldly work toward achieving a world where “no one is left behind”—reflecting the philosophy of human security that lies at the root of the SDGs.
OHNO Izumi, Director
JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development
April 1, 2020