New partnership boosts global development efforts of IFRC and JICA

A landmark partnership agreement between IFRC and JICA will bring new impetus to humanitarian interventions and sustainable development programmes benefitting vulnerable people in high risk countries around the world.

At a ceremonial meeting to launch the partnership in Tokyo, Akihiko TANAKA, President of JICA, regarded the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with IFRC as a key driver to foster our efforts toward Inclusive and Dynamic Development. He also recognized the significance for JICA on the partnership with IFRC to strengthen Human Security of people living in the partner countries.

The President of IFRC, Tadateru KONOE, who also heads the Japanese Red Cross Society, said that the Agreement would allow both institutions not only to provide faster support to people and communities who are in need, but also to improve preparedness for future disasters.

Bekele Geleta, Secretary General IFRC, said that the Agreement “gives a solid framework for our future collaboration. We strongly encourage our IFRC field offices and Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies to work closely together with the JICA offices.”

Among the areas for potential cooperation are disaster management and local capacity building for disaster risk reduction, climate change, food security and health and community care. There will also be an emphasis on peace building and youth and gender-related activities.

In the MoU, IFRC and JICA stress the importance of “country and regional ownership” and the sustainability of programmes they put in place to help the most vulnerable.

JICA has overseas offices in nearly 100 countries and area, while IFRC represents 187 national societies worldwide.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
IFRC is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 mil¬lion people each year through its 187 member National Societies. Together, the IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. It does so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions. For more information, please visit IFRC website.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
JICA works for developing countries and areas as the comprehensive development institution in charge of Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA). In accordance with its vision, “Inclusive and Dynamic Development,” JICA supports developing countries and areas in an integrated manner by using the most suitable cooperation tool(s), such as technical cooperation, ODA loans and investment, and grant aid. For more information, please visit JICA website.

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- Bjorn Eder
Country Representative in Japan
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Mob: +81 90 7038 5600