New partnership boosts global development efforts of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Japan International Cooperation Agency

Publié: 13 décembre 2012

TOKYO, 13 December 2012 - A landmark partnership agreement between the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (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, Dr. Akihiko Tanaka, President of JICA, said that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the IFRC would “foster our efforts toward inclusive and dynamic development. JICA believes the significance of the partnership with the IFRC lies in strengthening the human security of people living in the partner countries.”

The President of IFRC, Tadateru Konoe, who also heads the Japanese Red Cross Society, said: “The Agreement not only will allow both institutions to provide faster aid to people and communities in need, but also to improve preparedness for future disasters.”

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

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

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

JICA has offices in nearly 100 countries and areas, while the IFRC represents 187 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies worldwide.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (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 www.jica.go.jp.

 

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 mil­lion 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 www.ifrc.org. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

 

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:

Akihiro TAKAGI

Operations Strategy Department

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Tel: 03-5226-9780

Bjorn Eder IFRC Country Representative

Mob: +81 90 7038 5600 bjorneder@hotmail.com

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