Peace and Development
The focus for JICA-RI in this research area is identification of effective development assistance approaches to conflict prevention and to state-building in post-conflict situations. Peace and Development research projects are designed to be comparative analyses of the political conditions that lead to armed conflict, and the governance institutions conducive to durable state-building. In recent years, transborder security issues also have emerged. These include such things as disease transmission, drug and human trafficking, and environmental degradation which are difficult for countries to address individually. JICA-RI explores effective approaches to these, analyzing regional and international efforts to tackle them.
Growth and Poverty Reduction
Japan and its East Asian neighbors are considered economic development success stories, having reduced poverty and realized growth. Africa, by contrast, stirs concern about the sustainability of its economic growth. JICA-RI studies the reasons for successful growth and poverty reduction in Japan and East Asia and the reasons for Africa’s vulnerability. We also look for success factors that can be shared to help design development strategies for Africa from East Asian perspectives.
Environment and Development/Climate Change
Environmental degradation at regional and global levels is a threat to human security in developing countries. JICA-RI examines data and experience gained through its aid activities, along with findings of scientific research to devise policies for evaluating environmental damage, effective means to manage natural resources, and ways to mitigate or adapt to climate change.
JICA’s fundamental purpose is to support human security and promote inclusive and dynamic development. As the research extension of JICA, JICA-RI pursues rigorous academic analysis of the effectiveness of various approaches to international development assistance. Particular attention is paid to capacity development aimed at improving multi-level capabilities covering individuals, organizations, governments and society. JICA-RI also tackles research themes related to post-MDG aid agenda.