From March 7 to 11, 2016, four experienced staff members at Japanese NGOs in international development came together in Washington, D.C. for a week-long exchange program in Washington, D.C. with a focus on Southeast Asia and women’s issues in the region.
The program included public lectures, a case studies workshop, meetings with U.S. policymakers, think tank experts, and NGO leaders as well as independent activities, all designed to strengthen ties between the U.S. policymaking community and Japanese NGOs as well as trigger further discussion on possible areas for U.S.-Japan cooperation on international development issues. Participants exchanged views on their approaches to and challenges in addressing shared objectives, including effective ways in which NGOs can operate with their government and other players.
Tomoko Fukuda, who participated in the program, wrote a blog reflecting on her experience and the importance of U.S.-Japan partnerships in building strong Civil Society Organizations and expanding the understanding of international development. Read her post here.
On March 9, 2016, Sasakawa USA and The Asia Foundation co-hosted a public panel discussion on U.S. and Japanese efforts in international development to empower women in Asia and areas for greater U.S.-Japan cooperation. Click the link above for the event listing page or click here for more coverage on the Sasakawa USA blog.