Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

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The new JICA was officially inaugurated on October 1, 2008 with a merger between the existing Japan International Cooperation Agency and the overseas economic cooperation section of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

Providing technical assistance, concessionary loans (Japanese ODA loans) and grant aid, JICA aims to become the “one stop shop of Japan’s ODA.” JOCV (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers) is one of the most important program. Since 1965 more than 33,000 JOCVs, increasingly women, have worked in countries around the world on projects which complement the organization’s larger and more structured programs.