From ‘international cooperation’ to ‘development policy’? Reform and reorientation of Japan’s ODA
Japan’ s program for official development assistance (ODA) is a critical tool of foreign policy. However, this program has historically been driven by quantitative goals. Only in the last decade have explicit principles and implementation policies emerged that concentrate on a qualitative, more human-centered approach to ODA. According to Professor Dr. Franz Nuscheler and Ben Warkentin, Director and Research Fellow respectively of the Institute for Development and Peace, Duisburg University, Germany, this reorientation of Japan’ s ODA has the potential to challenge the overall stature of the country’ s foreign relations. It remains to be seen, however, whether Japan’s commitments to ODA reforms will be put into practice. Will Japan’ s ODA Charter be a tiger without teeth?
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