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GRIPS Development Forum Project (Policy Studies Unit)

The GRIPS Development Forum conducts strategic and policy-oriented research and disseminates results in such areas as comprehensive development strategies, poverty reduction, aid policy and development partnerships, and Japanfs development assistance.

    Policy Dialogue on Industrial 
      Development in Ethiopia

      > Phase 2
      > Phase 1 (Completed)
    Int'l Development Strategies,    
      Aid Partnerships
    African Growth Initiative
    Vietnam Development Forum
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Past Activities

(December 2014)
An Approaching Middle Income Trap: How Vietnam can Escape It
by Vietnam Development Forum, National Economic University
Supervised by Kenichi Ohno
(April 2013j
Eastern and Western Ideas for African Growth:
Diversity and Complementarity in Development aid (Routledge)
Edited by Kenichi Ohno and
Izumi Ohno (Routlede-GRIPS Development Forum Studies)
(October 2012)
Learning to Industrialize:
From given growth to policy-aided value creation (Routlede)

by Kenichi Ohno

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Vietnam Development Forum

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Ethiopia Information KIT for Japanese Businesses

(January 2015) GRIPS Development Forum (GDF) has conducted JICA's project, called Ethiopian Industrial Policy Dialogue, since 2009. To promote and support Ethiopian business by Japanese company is one of the main issue of the project. We compiled a booklet, Ethiopia Information KIT, which contains a policy, economy, and business climate in Ethiopia. We hope it will be useful for starting and doing business in Ethiopia. We keep revising the booklet as needed.

See Ethiopia Information KIT
  (version 20, PDF1.3MB)

An Approaching Middle Income Trap: How Vietnam Can Escape It by VDF, NEU and supervised by Kenichi Ohno

(December 2014) Vietnam Development Forum in Hanoi, in cooperation with National Economic University (NEU), published An Approaching Middle Income Trap: How Vietnam Can Escape It (English & Vietnamese). Launching seminars were held at NEU and MPI/CIEM. This book summarizes VDF's research results in the last ten years.

If you would like to purchase the book, please contact us.


GRIPS Discussion Paper by Izumi Ohno

Japanese Development Cooperation in a New Era:  
                 Recommendations for Network-Based Cooperation

(September 2014) This paper discusses the new era of Japanfs development cooperation from two perspectives--broader and deeper partnerships with the private sector, as well as ecooperation and competitionf with Asian emerging donors. It proposes enetwork-based cooperationf as a central pillar of Japanfs future development cooperation, based on the analyses of the nature of a new wave of internationalization of Japanese manufacturing foreign direct investment (FDI) which involves small-and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as the extensive local human and organizational networks accumulated in Asia through sixty years of Japanfs official development assistance (ODA). Unique roles of Japan as a mature knowledge partner based on international comparative analysis and a quality leader in global business activity are also discussed. Japan should leverage its distinctive strengths in both the corporate and ODA sectors, and actively embark on the new era of development cooperation.

Izumi Ohno's Discussion Paper is >>> here

Mission Report to Rwanda

(September 2014) The GRIPS Development Forum, together with JICA team, visited Kigali during August 5-8, 2014 to study the features of Rwanda's remarkable growth in recent years from the perspective of international comparison of policy methods, and draw lessons for other developing countries including Ethiopia. Rwanda has made a remarkable history of economic development during the past two decades. Nevertheless, the current growth mechanism may not be sufficient to produce private sector-led development or graduation from aid dependency. This should be enhanced by the adoption of gemba-based pragmatism, and there appears to be much room for Japanese contribution in this regard.

Rwanda Mission Report (409KB)

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 Pick UP!   Reports and Column


Prof. Shigeru Ishikawa's Notes  (Economist, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Hitotsubashi University and Aoyama-Gakuin University, Member of the Japan Academy)

featuring reports and presentation materials of
Prof. Ishikawa who contributes to issues in Development Economics.

Prof. Shigeru Ishikawa passed away on 4 January 2014. We pray from the bottom of our hearts that his soul may rest in peace.

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Mr. Aiichiro Yamamoto's View       

(Principal Representative to the European Union, JICA) Mr.Yamamoto provides his reports to our GDF Japanese website.

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