Japan's development agency signs a US$23-million loan agreement with Iraq on water management

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement with Iraq of up to US$23 million. The funds will be used for JICA's water supply improvement project in Kurdistan, which aims to enhance water quality and quantity by improving water facilities. 

Press release - JICA


Japan pledges US$2.6-million worth of medical equipment to the Maldives

Japan has pledged to donate US$2.6 million worth of medical equipment to the Maldives. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered in 2019, and will help equip a hospital and other health facilities. 

News article - Reliefweb

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Japan's development agency signs US$50-million loan agreement with Brazilian grain company

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a US$50-million loan agreement with major Brazilian agribusiness, Amaggi Exportação e Importação Ltda. The loan will be invested in a JICA project that aims to reinforce agricultural supply chains, and will support the company's activities in improving the infrastructure for grain transport in the north-east of the country, as well as small- to medium- scale farmers.

Press release - JICA (in Japanese)

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Japan announces next round of initiative to provide education for Syrian refugees

The Embassy of Japan in Lebanon has announced that the application for the Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees (JISR) program for the year 2019 has started. The JISR program was established by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide Master's degree level educational opportunities in Japanese universities to young Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, with the hope that they would contribute to the reconstruction of Syria and peacebuilding, if and when it becomes possible in the future.

Press release- Embassy of Japan in Lebanon

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JICA grants scholarships for Filipino government workers to study in Japan

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has granted the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development (JDS) scholarship to 21 young government workers from the Philippines. The grant aims to develop human resources in the country by enrolling recipients in post-graduate courses at Japanese universities. Beneficiaries will conduct research relating to the functions of their respective government offices.  

Press release - JICA

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Japan delivers medical emergency materials to DRC

Japan has delivered medical emergency materials to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in response to a request by the DRC as it struggles to contain its ninth Ebola epidemic in the east of the country. The materials will support the establishment of seven sanitary control stations, as well as other activities in the field. 

Press release - Embassy of Japan in RDC (in French)

News article - BBC

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Japan donates to WHO for essential medical equipment for Syria

The World Health Organization (WHO), thanks to a donation by the government of Japan, has procured over US$12 million worth of advanced medical equipment for Syria. This is the largest-ever donation received by WHO in connection to the Syria crisis.

The equipment will be distributed to public and university hospitals across the country. Japan and WHO have also trained over 250 medical engineers in the operation of the equipment.

News article - reliefweb

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Japan supports maternal and child health in Afghanistan through funding for UNICEF handbook

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed an agreement with the United Nation's Children Fund (UNICEF), committing to provide a grant of up to ¥894 million for the 'Project for Promoting Maternal and Child Health Handbook in Afghanistan.'

The handbook is intended to help mothers and family members know more about maternal and child health, as well as support health facilities with additional information. The desired result will be improvement in access to and the quality of healthcare services for women and children in Afghanistan.

Press release - JICA

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Japan provides emergency assistance to Congo DRC in response to Ebola outbreak

Japan will provide support to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the form of emergency relief goods in response to an Ebola virus outbreak in the east of the country. The assistance will be provided through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Press Release - MOFA

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Japan to extend up to ¥880 million grant to improve vocational training centers in Mozambique

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Republic of Mozambique have signed an agreement whereby Japan will provide up to ¥880 million (US$7 million) to the Project for the Improvement of Vocational Training Centers.   

The project aims to foster local human industrial resources by providing equipment, and renovating the facilities at three vocational training centers located in the north, center, and south of Mozambique. This will enable staff to conduct courses in construction, welding, automobile maintenance, and agricultural product processing. 

Press release - JICA 

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