International Development
Center of Japan


Issues Recognized

In 2014, Japan’s ODA marked its 60th anniversary. Over the period, the international trends of development assistance and the role of Japan have changed dramatically. In 2015, the Government of Japan renewed its Development Cooperation Charter for the first time in 12 years, while the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeting 2030. The major question is how to reshape the conventional relationship between the donor and the recipient countries into a more equal and partnership-based mutual cooperation between developed and developing countries. Also, effective measures are required to increase the role of the private sector and regional municipalities in the process of development. Assistance in the field of governance, which aims to improve governmental systems and operations, has become more critical in this context.

Strength of IDCJ

 “Connecting theory and practice” – IDCJ, as the first established thinktank specializing in international development and cooperation in Japan, has been pioneering in adapting to the new trends of development assistance. For instance, regarding aid coordination, IDCJ has provided the broader aid community with its practical knowledge gained from projects in Tanzania for over 15 years. The IDCJ also commenced the first SDGs-related assistance project sponsored by JICA in Indonesia. Additionally, the IDCJ has conducted numerous studies on the trends of development assistance in developing countries, as well as comprehensive surveys on Japan’s ODA projects in countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia.

In the field of governance, the IDCJ has vast experience working on projects focused on administrative capacity building, public financial management, peacebuilding, gender mainstreaming and other related projects.

Key projects

Other projects

Assistance Policy


Peace building / Gender