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About GRIPS Development Forum
The GRIPS Development Forum Project was launched in January, 2002 as one of research centers of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan. We are actively engaged in a series of policy studies and proposals in the field of official development assistance (ODA) and economic cooperation. Our Project is conducted in close cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).
project is located in one of the Center for Study of International Development
Strategies (CSIDS) in GRIPS
Official development assistance (ODA) and economic cooperation has been a principal vehicle of Japan’s diplomacy as well as its contribution to international society. However, Japan’s ODA and economic cooperation currently faces great challenges due to the changing domestic and international environment, including: (1) demand for efficiency and transparency by the general public; (2) ODA reform to refocus on quality rather than quantity; (3) increased significance of global factors such as IT, environment, private sector development, and conflict resolution; (4) poverty reduction as a global development goal; (5) enhanced aid coordination through CDF/PRSP and others; and (6) debate on the reform of international financial architecture.
In response to these changes, many experts and stakeholders (official bodies, businesses, NGOs and others )are now discussing ways to improve Japan’s assistance efforts and to respond effectively to the new development initiatives by international institutions. The recently proposed ODA budget cuts and administrative reforms compel us to act quickly. This gives us an excellent opportunity to review Japan’s ODA and economic cooperation in a radical and fundamental way.
The substance of research must dictate the procedure, and not vice versa. Not confined to conventional methods, we will constantly experiment to combine the following research tools flexibly and effectively: research papers, interviews and surveys, policy dialogue with governments and international organizations, lectures, seminars, workshops, publications, network building, and pilot programs.
Our publications include the following:
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