Stellenbosch University Japan Centre

The SUJC aims to facilitate academic programmes in the broad field of Japanese Studies with the relevant host academic departments at SU in partnership with higher education institutions in Japan.

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SUJC Webinar, 3 November 2022

The Tokyo International Conference on African Development: Milestones and Projects

Since its inception in 1993, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) has become one of the pillars in Japan-Africa relations. Over the years the forum has expanded in scope and agenda, yet its main objectives have centred on advancing growth through private sector activities; fostering African ownership and autonomy in development; promoting south-south cooperation; and encouraging knowledge transfer from Asia to Africa. TICAD has also been a vehicle for promoting the human security agenda in Japan-Africa relations.

In current times, TICAD stands out among other international development forums for its inclusivity and emphasis on African agency in development. As a multistakeholder gathering it brings African leaders in dialogue with major partners including international and regional organisations, donors, the private sector and civil society.

The recently concluded TICAD 8, held in Tunisia in August 2022, came at a critical juncture in international politics as well as Africa’s development trajectory. The continent is vulnerable to the multiple global health, security and geo-economic challenges that the world currently faces. In response to these imperatives, the Japanese government pledged US$30bn in public and private financing to support African development. This includes assistance for the expansion of the private sector and entrepreneurship on the continent, for the promotion of human resource development, as well as the contribution of around US$1.08bn to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

In this webinar experts take stock of the outcomes of the TICAD 8 gathering and the larger significance of the TICAD process in Africa’s development trajectory. Speakers discuss the role of TICAD in Japan-Africa relations, major achievements of the forum over the years, and prospects for the future.

Photos and video from the SUJC Launch

Our Launch Video

Stellenbosch University (SU) officially launched the Stellenbosch University Japan Centre (SUJC) on 11 August, envisioned to be a leading hub for academic research and cultural exchange between South Africa and Japan.

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A large body of research supports the argument that gender disparity has economic consequences. It is recognised that more opportunities for women, and attention to women’s empowerment, lead to more favourable outcomes for the next generations. Yet, despite this, gender inequality remains a challenge in many parts of the world.

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