Message from the Director
Founded in 2008, the JICA Research Institute (JICA-RI) will celebrate its tenth anniversary this October. For almost a decade, JICA-RI has served as the research institute of JICA, an organization that engages in both technical cooperation and financial cooperation as a bilateral aid agency of Japan. JICA-RI has steadily conducted development research, collaborated with researchers and practitioners both in Japan and overseas, and published the outcomes of its research. Starting on April 1, 2018, I have taken over and begun my service as the sixth director of JICA-RI, inheriting the traditions established by my predecessors. I am humbled by the heavy responsibility of carrying on their legacy. I would like to emphasize the following three points concerning the operation of JICA-RI.
First, we will continue to conduct research projects by collaborating with researchers and practitioners in Japan and around the world while utilizing the development project data and human networks that JICA has built up through 60 years of ODA projects. The role of JICA-RI is to draw from these data and networks, with the involvement of researchers in a variety of disciplines, to generate usable knowledge that can be applied to development activities of JICA and other organizations. This role as a bridge between the "front line" of JICA’s development and academia has been of the greatest importance since the foundation of JICA-RI. Two current research projects – “Japan’s Development Cooperation: A Historical Perspective” and “Empirical Research on the Socio-economic Impact of Infrastructure Projects” – are good examples of our work in fulfilling this role.
Second, we will make additional efforts in striving to disseminate JICA-RI’s research findings. Up to this point, JICA-RI has shared the outcomes of our research through publishing working papers and academic books, hosting and participating in seminars and symposiums in Japan and overseas, as well as presenting research findings at academic conferences. In addition, we are currently preparing to publish regular policy briefs that concisely compile policy recommendations drawn from our research findings. JICA-RI will carry on delivering diverse information to a wide range of people, from researchers to policymakers. JICA-RI will continue to review and revise its use of various media, paying attention to the progress of IT technologies in order to improve our communication with limited funds.
Third, we will firmly engage in “JICA Program with Universities for Development Studies (JProUD)” – a new effort on the initiative of JICA’s President. In this program, JICA collaborates with Japanese universities to provide opportunities for promising young people from developing countries to learn about Japan's modern development experience and the knowledge gleaned from Japan’s work as a postwar donor. JICA-RI utilizes the network in conjunction with Japanese universities and the findings of past research activities to handle the qualitative aspects of the program. JICA-RI hopes that the findings of research activities will be used to promote future development of developing countries through JProUD.
Last July, JICA announced its new vision: "Leading the world with trust." Although JICA-RI as an organization is small in size, we are able to collaborate with researchers and practitioners in Japan and abroad to contribute to the creation of a world filled with trust, through our research activities and communication of the findings. I ask for your continued warm support and cooperation toward JICA-RI and welcome your frank opinions.
April 1, 2018
Director, JICA Research