What We Do
Policy-Making and Planning Studies
Topics on global development and international cooperation are continually changing. From IDCJ’s long years of achievements and accumulation of knowledge, we implement and proactively work on various studies as well as technical cooperation projects. Since our establishment in 1971, IDCJ has conducted over 1,500 studies in 160 countries.
From the wide array of research we have undertaken so far, here are some examples:
* Planning studies for development assistance developing countries and their regions.
* Project formulation studies for to find development needs that will require external support such as ODAs
* Planning studies for regions, industries and economies, rural and social development, education, tourism and transportation development.
* Empirical studies of sector-specific development concepts.
* Evaluation studies on the effectiveness of assistance from the policy to project levels.
Recently, we have also been working on technical cooperation projects that assist the implementation of development projects in developing countries.
Many of these studies and technical cooperation projects have been commissioned to us by the Japanese ministries and agencies (including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and Cabinet Office), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and international organizations. When implementing these studies and technical cooperation projects, we stress neutrality and aim to deliver recommendations and actions that agree with the concept of international cooperation and the needs of developing countries.
At IDCJ, one of our strengths is evaluation studies. In international cooperation projects, IDCJ has placed importance on grasping, confirming, analyzing the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the projects and acquiring lessons learned for further improvements in the cooperation projects. The Evaluation Department also participates in the evaluation of projects in which public administrations, schools and NGOs take part and provides training and research programs.
It is vital to train those who play an important role in international development and cooperation. At IDCJ, we plan and implement pragmatic training programs that deal with themes such as policy formation, administrative management, planning, evaluation and project management.
Since its establishment in 1971, IDCJ strongly believes that the core of economic and social development of developing countries is the improvement of human resources. Under this notion, we have provided a variety of training to those who play a vital role in international cooperation (those responsible for aid, employees of businesses that plan to expand overseas and so on) as well as government officials and others who are leaders in advancing developing countries. Recently, in addition to the training programs commissioned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japanese Government Ministries and Agencies, IDCJ implements independent training programs, as listed below:
*Support for studying in Malaysia
*Support for globalization of universities