CSOs release C20 policy pack ahead of G20 Osaka Summit

The Civil 20 (C20) Summit, a side event to the Group of 20 (G20) Osaka Summit convened by civil society organizations (CSOs), has released its 2019 policy pack. Papers include anti-corruption; education; environment, climate, and energy; gender; global health; infrastructure; international financial architecture; labor, business and human rights; 'Local2Global'; and trade and investment. 

C20 representatives handed over the policy pack to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 18, 2019. The G20 Osaka Summit will be held on June 28-29, 2019.

Policy Proposal - C20 Policy Pack 2019

Official website – C20 Summit 2019

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japanese foreign ministry survey shows that public opinion favors development spending on social infrastructure

Japan's foreign ministry has announced the results of a domestic opinion survey on Japan's diplomacy in 2019, which took into account public views on international development. Notable results include:

  • When asked about what areas should be given particular priority in Japan’s development assistance, 61% of respondents said “assistance to realize a better society, including education, health and sanitation,” followed by “assistance for saving lives, including food aid, recovery from natural disasters and disaster risk reduction” at 54%.
  • When asked about the major global challenges that Japan needs to prioritize under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 45% of respondents said “education,” followed by “marine plastic litter” at 41%.
  • With the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) due to be held in Yokohama in August this year, when asked about what particular areas Japan should concentrate on in its diplomacy with Africa, the most popular response was “contribution to peace and stability,” followed by “cooperation for poverty eradication” at 51%.

Press release – MOFA 


OECD DAC preliminary data release shows ODA down by 2.7% in 2018

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) has published preliminary data for 2018, showing that official development assistance (ODA) fell by 2.7% in 2018. The data release is the first to use the OECD's  new 'grant equivalent' methodology. Applied for the first time in 2018, the method aims to ‘provide a more realistic comparison of the effort involved in providing grants and loans and encourage the provision of grants and highly concessional loans, especially to low-income countries’.

Net ODA from DAC members reached US$153 billion in 2018. The largest donors in absolute amounts were 1) the US (US34.3 billion), Germany (US$25 billion), 3) the UK (US19.4 billion), 4) Japan (US$14.2 billion), and 5) France (US$12.2 billion). In relative terms, the largest donors were Sweden at 1.04% of its gross national income (GNI), Luxembourg (0.98%), Norway (0.94%), Denmark (0.72%) and the UK(0.7%).

For more detailed information on the performance of bilateral donors, see the OECD DAC's detailed summary here.

OECD DAC – Press release “Development aid drops in 2018, especially to neediest countries”

Japan increases support to Nigeria for the improvement of its infectious disease management capacities

The government of Japan announces a new grant agreement with the Nigerian government to support the "Diagnostic Capacity Development Program for the Prevention of Diseases in Nigeria," a project with a  ¥ 1.58 billion (US$ 14.5 million) budget.
Nigeria is one of three countries worldwide in which polio still exists, and where there is also a high risk of Lassa fever. This grant aid will support improvements to Nigeria's containment and laboratory capacities, help conduct a detailed examination of highly pathogenic pathogens there, and facilitate rapid and reliable detection of infectious diseases in the country.

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Global health

Japan announces grant aid for improvement of health services in Liberia

The government of Japan announces it will provide ¥ 250 million (US$ 2.3 million) for the improvement of healthcare services in Liberia.
Liberia experienced an epidemic of Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD) in 2014, and the prevalence of infectious diseases is still high. 
This grant aid will support the improvement medical and health facilities, including addressing a shortage of medical equipment.

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Global health

Japan announces additional contribution to Unitaid

The government of Japan has announced an additional financial contribution to the innovative treatment methodology supported by Unitaid to fight against multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis. A representative of the Japanese government stressed the need for further collaboration with Unitaid in the future to accelerate providing innovative solutions to global health issues.

Press release - Unitaid

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan to support Gavi's 3rd replenishment at next Tokyo International Conference on African Development

Japan will host a launch event for the third replenishment of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) in August 2019. In this meeting, Gavi will reignite discussion on how to ensure vaccination reaches the poorest people. TICAD 7 is considered a good platform for African leaders and international donors to delve further into these discussions, which will directly follow the G20 Osaka Summit

Press release – Gavi

News article – The Sankei News (in Japanese)

Japan Global health

Japan aims to strengthen its influence in ASEAN

According to the Nikkei newspaper, the government of Japan will make new investments in the human resources of the secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and to the entire region. The support, funded through official development assistance (ODA), will focus on economic cooperation and trade promotion. Taro Kono, Japanese foreign minister, and Lim Jock Hoi, secretary-general of ASEAN, are expected to reach an agreement on Japan-ASEAN technical cooperation by the end of 2019, which will support further collaboration in the future. 

News article - Nikkei (in Japanese)


Japanese NGO proposes pharmaceutical and medical regulatory harmonization strategy in Asia

The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) has announced a strategy for harmonization of regulations on pharmaceutical and medical devices across Asia.  The strategy's recommendations emphasize regulatory harmonization and human-resource development for regulatory authorities, as well as infrastructure development. 

The government of Japan prioritizes global health as an area of its diplomacy and has committed to promoting universal health coverage (UHC). Access to pharmaceuticals and medical devices in Asian countries are one of the greatest threats to achieving UHC.

Press release – JCIE