Lessons from 3/11
Hundreds of Japanese and overseas organizations teamed up to respond to Japan’s 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear
meltdown, and their work together demonstrates the tremendous potential of deeper cooperation between Western and Japanese
NGOs involved in disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. Realizing this potential, however, requires us to learn what worked in the 3/11 response, what failed, and what must be done to create a more supportive atmosphere for international partnerships between Japanese NGOs and their overseas counterparts.
With this in mind, the Japan Center for International Exchange conducted a two-year study to assess how well these NGOs' international partnerships actually worked and what needs to be done to ensure they can collaborate effectively the next time disaster strikes around the world. Based on interviews with a wide range of senior staff from Japanese and Western organizations and three seminars with key figures from Japanese and Western NGOs, donors, and government agencies involved in the disaster response, JCIE’s report proposes nine measures to strengthen US-Japan NGO partnerships.
- Getting International Disaster Philanthropy Right: Lessons from Japan's 2011 Tsunami (July 2016)
- Bringing People Together: Assessing the Impact of 3/11 on US-Japan Grassroots Exchange (March 2015)
- Innovative Disaster Responses: Model Approaches from Japan's 3/11 Disaster (March 2015)
- Annual Survey: US Giving in Response to Japan Disaster Reaches $737 Million (March 2015)
- International Philanthropy and Disasters in Developed Countries: The US Response to Japan's 3.11 Disaster (July 2014)
- Friendship across Borders: Nearly 100 US Sister City Organizations Raise Relief Funds for Japan (September 2012)