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GRIPS-Mansfield Foundation Joint Seminar

“U.S Official Development Assistance: Supporting the Journey to Self-Reliance”

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019  (12:10-13:40)

Venue: The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), 1st Floor, Meeting Room 1AB

On Wednesday, February 20, Mansfield Fellow Heather Ward, an International Cooperation Specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide an overview of USAID’s mission, organization, and development policy priorities. Her presentation will address USAID’s new “Journey to Self-Reliance” initiative. USAID is reorienting the way it does business to focus on supporting its partner countries on the Journey to Self-Reliance– or, to put it another way, their ability to solve their own development challenges. This approach to development prioritizes fostering stable, resilient, prosperous, inclusive, and self-reliant countries. Ms. Ward will also discuss how USAID is supporting the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy. Drawing from her experiences working at USAID and the U.S. Department of State as well as her time as a Mansfield Fellow, Ms. Ward will offer personal observations regarding U.S. and Japan collaboration on development assistance. Ms. Ward received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Los Angeles. She received a BA in political science and Spanish from Boston College.

Mr. Kiichi TOMIYA, senior advisor of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), will serve as moderator for the event. He received a MSc in mathematics from Tohoku University. He worked as a researcher at Mitsubishi Research Institute, Co. Ltd. beginning in 1985 and joined Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 1995. As a resident representative of JICA, he was stationed in Kuala Lumpur (1999-2001) and Jakarta (2008-2010) to handle development assistance projects. During 2011-2013, he served as an advisor to CIO in JICA and joined GRIPS as a senior member of a joint JICA-GRIPS project in 2016. He is interested in organization development, especially from the knowledge management point of view.

*Language: English

*Admission Free

*Please bring your own lunch.

* This seminar will be off the record.

For registration and Inquiries please contact: or 03-6439-6037 (Ms. Ozawa or Ms. Yamazaki)

For Access to the GRIPS campus: 7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677