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FY 2008/2009 Research Topic: 1-16
Development Strategies for Lowest-Income Countries


“Development Strategies” for current middle-income countries were lively discussed in the 1970s-80s. Currently such strategies draw little attention to both researchers and policy makers because how to help low-income countries is more highlighted towards the Millennium Development Goals. However, how the low-income countries will develop on their own is still an important question, and it has not been settled, yet. Moreover, whatever an appropriate strategy is, it must be different from those applicable for the current middle income countries a couple of decades ago due to changing international environments. This research project looks for ideal and feasible development strategies with which the current low income countries can develop independently. Issues looked into will be : (1) microfinance and the role of rural community to facilitate it; (2) export-led industrialization by the development of labor-intensive industries; (3) promising patterns of second-generation industrialization in low-income countries; (4) roles of globalization on poverty reduction; and (5) policies to facilitate innovation and human capital accumulation which are conducive to poverty reduction.


April 2008 - March 2010


Members of the Research Project

YAMAGATA Tatsufumi
KAWABATA Koji (Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University)
KONO Hisaki
KODAMA Masahiro