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Research Activities

Research Projects

FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 1-09
Development Strategies for Lowest-Income Countries

Outline

"Development Strategies" for current middle-income countries were discussed in the 1970s-80s. Currently such strategies are attracting little attention from both researchers and policymakers because poverty reduction strategies are more broadly highlighted with the Millennium Development Goals. However, how low-income countries will develop on their own remains an important question that has not been addressed. Moreover, whatever the 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. Export-oriented development achieved by Bangladesh and Cambodia, which are among the Least Developed Countries, is taken as a benchmark.

Period

2008/4 - 2010/3

Organizer

Members of the Research Project

YAMAGATA Tatsufumi
ASUYAMA Yoko
FUKUNISHI Takahiro
KAWABATA Koji (Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University)
KONO Hisaki
TAKAHASHI Kazushi
KODAMA Masahiro
MINATO Kazuki

Publications

The interim report was published in March 2009 (in Japanese). The final results will be published as a book of the I.D.E. Research Series.