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【Seminar report Dec. 10, 2019】Innovation in Peacebuilding Research: Perspectives from Africa and Asia

  • Date & Time
    Tuesday, 10 December, 2019 / 13:00~16:35
  • Venue
    Room #311 Building #7, Waseda Campus
  • Language
    English
  • Co-hosted by
    Aoyama Gakuin University Research Institute, ORIS
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Summary

[Speaker] Tomoyuki Tatsumi (Senior Advisor at JICA), Momar Dieng (Consultant at the World Bank), Takashi Nagatsuji (PhD Student at Waseda University, with Yukako Tanaka (Sakabe) and Rui Asano), Motoharu Wakabayashi (Deputy Director-General at JICA), Saori Kashihara (Project Researcher at The University of Tokyo), Yoshikazu Miwa (Researcher at Pirika)

[Host/Moderator] Kiyotaka Yasui (Researcher at Waseda ORIS), Takeshi Daimon (Director at Waseda Institute of International Strategy), Yukako Tanaka (Sakabe) (Assistant Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University), Chigumi Kawaguchi (Visiting Research Fellow at Toyo University)

This joint workshop addressed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. The speakers discussed Goal 16 and its relation with other goals from the perspectives of Africa and Asia. This workshop was a result of the 4th Waseda ORIS International Symposium for Junior Researchers held in 2018. After Dr. Momar Dieng was invited at the symposium last year, Nagatsuji and Asano (PhD Students at Waseda University) started a research with Tanaka, having research advice from him. This research was presented at the joint workshop, with the ORIS inviting Dieng again. The overall host and host at the first session was Kiyotaka Yasui. The host at the second session was Chigumi Kawaguchi. Professor Daimon offered opening remarks.

The first session explored institutions formation in post-conflict societies from African perspectives, discussing elections in Liberia. First, Tatsumi showed how international community assisted the 2003 Liberian elections, mentioning his experiences at the elections. Dieng presented his analysis on voting behavior in the 2011 Liberian election, using the statistical data. Nagatsuji presented his joint research about the long-term impacts of violent events on voting behavior in the 2017 Liberian elections.

The second session shed light on overlooked issues in peace building research by exploring science and digital technologies, urban heritage, and the environmental issues. Wakabayashi offered his talk on the case of JICA and SDGs promotion by ICT, emphasizing the significance of Block-Chain. Kashihara first explained how the cultural heritage is situated in the SDGs, also discussing the case of South Korea and Malaysia. Miwa presented how PIRIKA uses IT technology to solve the environmental issues and how it is related to SDGs 16, introducing a litter search program “Takanome” and a micro-plastic search system “Albatross”. In the end of the session, Kawaguchi discussed, with the presenters, the synergistic effects of SDGs 16 and research on other SDGs goals.

Participants gave a number of questions. For example, a participant asked about the significance of democracy in peace building at session 1, and also about the effects of the ICT solutions at session 2. This workshop offered a unique space where researchers and practitioners had a discussion across different fields of specialization, creating research and policy implications across regions and research topics.

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