two important international conferences, G8 summit and TICAD IV (Tokyo
International Conference on African Development) in 2008, and its policy
of African development
watched with keen interest and expectations not only from African
countries but from
The theme of
TICAD IV is Towards a vibrant Africa: A continent of hope and opportunity,
pillars: 1) boosting economic growth; 2) ensuring Human Security,
of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and consolidation of peace and
democratization; and 3) addressing environmental issues and climate
change. The results of the
will be fed into the G8 summit.
Domestically, active discussions of Japan's policy for development of
Africa are taking place. For
regarding the above pillar 1), various proposals suggest similar
study on African Development and Asian Economic Growth (started in July
report by the Advisory Council to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on
(January, 2008), and the private ODA Manifesto "by the Group for
(October 2007, pdf file 327KB). The thrust of these proposals is
recommendations by the African Diplomatic Corps (March 2007).
take this opportunity to concretize these proposals and put them into
deciding the target countries/areas from the view of "Selection and
attention to the recent resurgence of growth agenda (e.g., growth
infrastructure development by the DFID or the World Bank); and 2) making
to conducting policy dialogue with African countries, through the
implementation of industrial development strategy, based on its aid and
in East Asia. Under the current fiscal stringency, it is indispensable
strategic partnership with other donors and focus its bilateral aid
resources on a
number of countriesif it were to initiate effective growth support in
information on the current global/domestic discussions on African growth
diagnostics, regional infrastructure, public-private partnerships,
strategies of key donors,
policy for TICAD IV), examine and propose actions to be taken by Japan to
effective growth support in Africa.
will be paid to: the degree of interests in the aid and development
in East Asia
by respective African countries; global development trends; Japan's
of aid, and Japan's field-level aid implementation system.
interested in African growth support, from the Japanese government, aid
implementing agencies, international agencies and academia, etc.
Participation on a voluntary basis, in a personal capacity.
venue: monthly meeting (for 1.5-2hours) at GRIPS Roppongi Campus, from
April to July
by GRIPS Development Forum
Secretariat: Kenichi Ohno, Izumi Ohno, Elumba Jean Denis and Sayoko Uesu
person: Michiko Iwahashi and Harumi Misono