January 9, 2019
JICA Research Institute (JICA-RI) Director Izumi Ohno and Senior Research Fellow Hiroaki Shiga, along with Yasutami Shimomura, professor emeritus at Hosei University, visited Europe between Nov. 12 and 16, 2018. They gave presentations on the results of a JICA-RI research project titled “Development Cooperation by Emerging Countries” at the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), based at the University of Sussex in the U.K.
The research results are summarized in the IDS Bulletin “Emerging Economies and Changing Dynamics of Development Cooperation,” that was published in July 2018 under the collaboration between JICA-RI and IDS. The seminars were held in Germany and the U.K. to commemorate the publication of the special issue.
The first seminar was held on Nov. 12 at DIE. With Stephan Klingebiel, who has given a presentation at a seminar at JICA-RI in the past, serving as a moderator, about 20 people participated in the seminar. They included DIE researchers as well as researchers and students from rising powers (such as China and India) staying at Germany through the Managing Global Governance (MGG) training program hosted by DIE.
The presentation was kicked off by Professor Emeritus Shimomura, who spoke about the characteristics of Asia’s so-called “flying geese economy.” This was followed by Senior Research Fellow Shiga’s presentation, which gave an outline of the cooperation provided to developing nations by India for the consolidation of constitutional democracy. Meanwhile, researchers from DIE gave presentations on future development cooperation that accommodates the rapid changes in the global environment. Active exchange took place during the Q&A session that followed, with many questions being asked by participants from emerging nations on the basis of the experiences of their countries.
The seminar at the IDS was held on the 16th with IDS Director Melissa Leach serving as a moderator. About 40 people participated in the seminar, including Jing Gu, director of the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development at IDS, University of Sussex faculty members and students.
The first presentation was by Shiga. It gave an outline of the cooperation provided to developing nations by India for the consolidation of constitutional democracy. Shimomura followed with a presentation on the theory of how emerging donors utilize their own experience as aid recipients to develop original expertise and transfer it to aid recipients. Many questions were raised by the audience, resulting in an active Q&A session.
JICA-RI Director Ohno also carried out exchanges of opinions in regard to Think 20 (T20) Japan 2019, scheduled to be held in Tokyo. The discussions were held with DIE, IDS, the U.K.’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DfID) in relation to direction of future cooperation with JICA-RI, including collaboration toward T20.
As global interdependence increases, the building of a systematic and normative global framework (global governance), based on harmony between various actors is an important issue. JICA-RI will promote such efforts while deepening its collaboration with think-tanks and government agencies around the world.