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FY 2013/2014 Research Topic: A-05
Aid Policy Study: Real Politics of Development Assistance


So-called aid studies or research works on official development assistance (ODA) have been done almost for the purpose of examining and incrementing developmental effects of interventions. Therefore, economists majoring in developmental matters have been functioning as pivotal role-players. However, precisely speaking, they are not ‘aid studies’ but a type of development studies for the sake of developing countries, which are the supposed main beneficiaries of these works.

Our team will be engaged in ‘real’ aid studies for the Japanese government, and assume its officials in charge of ODA as our client.
Aid studies and developmental studies are completely different, as each have a distinctive purpose and target. We will attempt to elaborate on an aid policy proposal that clearly contributes to Japan’s national interest based on mutual benefits with developing countries.

Also, as our research topic is rather more political, our team is mainly composed of political scientists.


April 2013 - March 2014

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] HIRANO Katsumi
[ Co-researchers ] ARAKI Mitsuya (President and Chief Editor, The International Development Journal Co.,Ltd.)
MAEDA Mitsuhiro (Professor, Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology)
OHNO Izumi (Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)
MIYAGI Taizo (Associate Professor, Sophia University)