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Seminar on Capacity Development and Institutional Change in International Development Cooperation



The objective of this seminar is to take on the challenge of developing a new framework, a new paradigm of assistance, for Japan that encompasses developing countries' capacity development and institutional change. Considering international capacity development trends and focusing on the establishment of the new JICA on October 1, 2008, the aim of this seminar is also to provide a starting point for this new endeavor that Japan will take in its development assistance.

In order for Japan to be a leader in supporting sustainable development in developing countries it is necessary to go beyond the standard grant, technical cooperation and concessional loan framework, and extend the capacity development approach that has been applied in the field of technical cooperation, to development assistance in general.

Even though the discussion about capacity development has shown results through case studies and research on capability assessment method theories, the materialization of capacity development and its theoretical framework has not advanced much. This is due to the fact that not enough attention has been given to institutional change, which is an indispensable factor in capacity development. Therefore to materialize capacity development it is necessary to elaborate on the capacity development and institutional change approach.

The objective of this seminar is to create innovative knowledge and practices of international development cooperation through open discussion among participating researchers and officials.


July 17, 2008 10:00 - 17:15 (9:30: Reception desk opens, 17:30 - 19:00: Reception)
July 18, 2008 10:00 - 17:00 (9:30: Reception desk opens)

JICA Institute for International Cooperation
10 - 5, Ichigaya Honmura-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8433

Waseda University (Global COE-GIARI & Institute for Global Development and Sustainability)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Institute of Developing Economies - Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO)

Japanese aid officials and academics of international development and international guest speakers. Sixty vacant seats will be available for the general public (prior registration required).

Participation fee:
Free of charge

For registration and more information

Japanese and English (simultaneous translation available)

Seminar Program

Record of Discussion