Community Capacity and Rural Development -2-

Community Capacity and Rural Development -2-  This book is a second edition of our reading material for JICA training programs. We have been conducting training programs on community capacity and rural development at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) since 2006. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) entrusts us with trainees who are engaging in development issues in their countries, focusing on government officials, provincial governors, municipal mayors and representatives of associations. There have been 48 programs including participants from 67 countries thus far as fiscal year 2013. Our training programs begin with an introduction of the concept of community capacity and rural development highlighting Community-Based One Village, One Product (OVOP) and … Continue reading Community Capacity and Rural Development -2-

Capacidad Comunitaria y Desarrollo Rural

Material de Lectura para los Programas de Capacitación de JICA Hemos realizado programas de capacitación sobre capacidad comunitaria y desarrollo rural en la Universidad de Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific (APU) desde el 2006. La Agencia de Cooperación Internacional de Japón (JICA) nos confía a los participantes que se involucran en asuntos de desarrollo en sus países, enfocándose en oficiales de gobierno, gobernadores provinciales, alcaldes municipales y representantes de asociaciones. Ha habido 41 programas incluyendo participantes de 53 países hasta ahora. Nuestros programas de capacitación comienzan con la introducción del concepto de capacidad comunitaria y desarrollo rural resaltando los enfoques comunitarios de Un Pueblo, Un Producto (OVOP) y la Exhibición Práctica Descentralizada (DHO). Los participantes visitan el campo para escuchar las voces reales de … Continue reading Capacidad Comunitaria y Desarrollo Rural

Review Report on JICA Training Program

Review Report on JICA Training Program  Since 2006, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) has been conducting two to three week short-term training programs in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and as part of Japan’s international cooperation program. These training programs centre on the theme of ‘Community Capacity and Rural Development’ and utilize local Japanese experience in rural development, such as the One Village One Product Movement in Oita Prefecture and the Decentralized Hands-on (DHO) Exhibition (Onpaku). APU had conducted 35 training programs and received 447 participants from Asia, Africa and Latin American countries since 2006 to mid-2012 when this review was implemented. This report was commissioned by JICA to review the content, … Continue reading Review Report on JICA Training Program

Fourth Roundtable

Roundtable Discussion on Rural Development and Community Capacity: Case of Rural Development in Thailand Disparity between rural and urban communities is widening in developed and developing countries. This makes rural development is a globally significant issue to reduce the gap and eliminate poverty. To provide the APU graduate students, mainly Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) fellows the opportunity to face this issue, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) held the “4th Roundtable Discussion on Rural Development and Community Capacity” from August 7 to 9, 2012. During the first two days of the roundtable discussion there were presentations from academics and development practitioners about conceptual knowledge, as well as experiential and practical cases for rural … Continue reading Fourth Roundtable

Community Capacity and Rural Development -1-

Community Capacity and Rural Development -1- To supplement training programs there is a need for reading materials on community and rural development, as well as evaluation and planning. However, there are no appropriate traditional development-related reading materials that match our training concept. The lack of such materials means that participants are not able to study these aspects in-depth. Under these circumstances, we gather together all of the available reading materials related to our training concept. This book provides sufficient materials for our participants to gain the knowledge for community and rural development and take in the lessons from their training program. This book is a compilation of literatures edited for our trainings, selected existing articles, and … Continue reading Community Capacity and Rural Development -1-

First Roundtable

A more Strategic and Participatory Approach for Rural Development To help enrich the studies of the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) recipients of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) a one-day roundtable workshop on rural development was convened in February 2011. The workshop brought academics and practitioners from the fields of evaluation and development to give presentations and facilitate group discussions on the topic. The aim of the roundtable was to explore issues and tools to improve rural development policy, as well as to provide a forum for expression and discussion for the participants. I hope that this volume of publication will contribute to further development of discussions on rural development, as well … Continue reading First Roundtable