Spring 2013

Asia Foundation, JICA Form Strategic Partnership

David D. Arnold and Akihiko Tanaka meet in Tokyo to sign the MOU. Photo: Shinichi Kuno/JICA.

In Tokyo on April 12, Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold, and Akihiko Tanaka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sealing a new strategic partnership to advance their shared development goals in Asia. The Asia Foundation and JICA will work together to promote inclusive and sustainable development, as well as regional stability and prosperity. The two institutions will explore opportunities to widen their areas of cooperation by implementing projects and programs in peacebuilding; governance and law; capacity-building; gender equality; environment and disaster management; economic development and regional economic cooperation; and South-South cooperation, including partnership with Asian donor institutions. Said President Tanaka at the signing: “Thus far, The Asia Foundation and JICA have worked together mainly in Afghanistan. This MOU will strengthen our collaboration in other Asian countries facing security and governance challenges. I have high expectations that this partnership will broaden and deepen our engagement with a range of Asian development partners.”