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Innovation in Peacebuilding Research: Perspectives from Africa and Asia(12/10)

Innovation in Peacebuilding Research: Perspectives from Africa and Asia

  • Date & Time
    Tuesday, December 10, 13:00-16:35
  • Venue
    Room #311 Building #7, Waseda Campus
  • Participation
    Free, No registration required
  • Language
  • Audience
    Students, faculty members, and the general public
  • Co-hosted by
    Aoyama Gakuin University Research Institute, ORIS
  • Flyer


This joint workshop, held by Waseda University and Aoyama Gakuin University, addresses Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. The workshop also discusses Goal 16 and its relation with other goals from the perspectives of Africa and Asia.

The first session explores institutions formation in post-conflict societies from African perspectives, discussing elections in Liberia. Presentation 1 explains how the electoral division of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) worked with the newly established National Election Commission (NEC), focusing on electoral procedures and NEC officials training for the 2003 Liberian elections. Presentation 2 analyzes sociopolitical landscape in the run-up to the 2011 Liberian elections through the lens of voters. Presentation 3 examines how the past violent experiences affected voting behavior in the 2017 Liberian elections.

The second session sheds light on science and digital technologies, urban heritage, and the environmental issues. Presentation 1 introduces the cases of Block-Chain as a part of the Disruptive Technologies which ensures transparency to make good governance in the fragile state. Presentation 2 illustrates how the cultural heritage is situated in the SDGs in terms of Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, introducing some common issues of urban heritage conservation in Asian cities. Presentation 3 shows how the technology contributes to the SDGs, especially Goal 11 and Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, and how the technology can be linked to SDGs Goal 16 in order to improve the living environment and the natural ecosystem.


13:00 – 13:10 Opening Remarks

Takeshi DAIMON (Director at Waseda Institute of International Strategy)

13:10 – 14:40 Session I
Inclusive Participation and Institution Formation in Post-conflict Societies: Perspectives of Africa

Host: Kiyotaka YASUI (Researcher at Waseda ORIS)
Moderator: Yukako TANAKA (SAKABE) (Assistant Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University)

1. Tomoyuki TATSUMI (Senior Advisor at JICA)
UN Electoral Assistance for the First Post-conflict Elections in Liberia

2. Momar DIENG (Consultant at the World Bank)
Liberia’s 2011 Presidential Election: Voting for Peace

3. Yukako TANAKA (SAKABE), Takashi NAGATSUJI (PhD Student at Waseda University) and Rui ASANO (PhD Student at Waseda University)
Unforgettable Violent Events and the 2017 Elections in Liberia

Discussion, Q&A

14:40 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:30 Session II
Innovation in SDGs16: Perspectives of Asia

Host・Moderator: Chigumi KAWAGUCHI (Visiting Research Fellow at Toyo University)

1. Motoharu WAKABAYASHI (Deputy Director-General at JICA)
The Possibility of Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa’s Development

2. Saori KASHIHARA (Project Researcher at The University of Tokyo)
Cities as Mediation Space: Through the Conflicts Surrounding Urban Heritage Conservation

3. Yoshikazu MIWA (Researcher at Pirika)
Technology for our future generation: The challenge of the Japanese technology company toward Goal 11 and 14

Discussion, Q&A

16:30 – 16:35 Closing Remarks


  • 1210



Room #311 Building #7, Waseda Campus


Tue, 19 Nov 2019

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