International Development
Center of Japan


Selected Projects


The Project for Sustainable Development of the Cultural Landscape of the Upper Utcubamba Valley in the Republic of Peru (Phase 1 and 2) (Client: JICA)

Peru has many heritages of Andean civilizations and the Spanish colonial period country-wide, and the tourism industry based on those rich cultural and natural resources is a precious means to acquire foreign currencies. Upper Utcubamba Valley (UUV) has a great number of cultural landmarks and diverse traditional lifestyles and landscapes, including the Kuelup ruins.

However, as local tourism is less developed, tourism products and services are mal-provided, and COVID-19, earthquakes, and heavy rains negatively hit the local economy. Hence, it is required to develop a sustainable tourism development model which manages both the conservation and utilization of cultural and natural heritage and tourism business development so that the UUV community can benefit. 

Based on its 2014 study, JICA has worked on this challenge using the Ecomuseum concept that can effectively balance both cultural and natural heritage conservation and tourism development. Following the normalization of COVID-19 restrictions in 2022, the project is working on the following activities: (1) Development of pilot tourism zones as cultural landscapes based on the “Ecomuseum concept” by utilizing cultural and natural resources with the participation of community people, and (2) Improvement of the local capacity for managing cultural landscapes and tourism. 

Interview with a souvenir shopkeeper near Chachapoyas, the capital of Amazonas Region
Enjoying the scenery during the horse-ride heritage visit (one of the tourism activities at the pilot project site) 

Study on Tourism Industry Promotion in the Pacific Region (Client: JICA)

Study on Tourism Industry Promotion in the Central Asian countries (Client: JICA)

Master Plan Project for Regional Development and Tourism Promotion though the Utilization of World Heritage sites in Chui Region in the Kyrgyz Republic (Client: JICA)

Digital Transformation (DX) / Innovation

The Project for Enhancing U-I-G-C Approach through Promotion of Open Innovation by Creating Enabling Environment at FRC-UGM, Indonesia (Client: JICA)

In Kulon Progo Regency, Special Province of Yogyakarta, which is the target area of this project, the local government has been focusing on strengthening the quantity and quality of primary production and industrial development since 2017. Gadjah Mada University, based in Yogyakarta, is committed to making more effective use of its intellectual property for regional development under the policy of producing high-level human resources and strengthening industries promoted by the Government of Indonesia. 

This project supported the promotion of university-industry-government-community collaboration projects at the university’s Field Research Center (FRC). Specifically, through strengthening the functions of the FabLab established in the FRC, the project promoted open innovation initiatives that will contribute to solving social issues and developing industries in the region.

The project provided technical training on digital fabrication knowledge and technology as well as management, supported the procurement of FRC FabLab equipment and prepared the Guidelines for the use of the equipment, supported the design for PoC (Proof of Concept) in FRC FabLab, and strengthened collaboration between Gadjah Mada University and the local community through FabLab. 

Teacher and students discussing the prototype development 
Participation in the 17th Fab Lab International Conference, “FAB17” in Bali
Field Research Center, Gadjah Mada University (Kulon Progo Regency, Special Province of Yogyakarta)

Study on Digitalization of Public Services in African Countries (Client: JICA)

Study on the Digitalization of the National Identification System in the Republic of Senegal (Client: JICA)

Uganda ICT Industry Promotion Project (Client: JICA) 

Finance, Trade and Investment Promotion

Study on SME Finance in Central Asia (Kyrgyz, Tajikistan) (Client: JICA)

Study on Improvement of Investment Environment and Entrepreneurship Support in the Republic of Senegal (Client: JICA)

Industrial Development / Human Resource Development

Study on ICT Industry Development Through Business Matching with Japanese ICT Companies in Pakistan (Client: JICA)

Study on the Automotive Industry Development in Pakistan (Client: JICA)

Study on the Employment and Start-up Environment Surrounding Youth in Iraq (Client: JICA)

Environment / Green Growth

Project for Green Growth Promotion in Halong Bay Area, Quang Ninh Province, in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Client: JICA)