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Fifth Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia's Tomorrow

Implementing the Human Security Concept: Exploring Approaches to Evaluating Human Security Projects

The Intellectual Dialogue on Asia's Future series played a significant role in the establishment of the Commission on Human Security in 2001. The Commission, which was co-chaired by Sadako Ogata, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics, published a final report in May 2003 that offers specific recommendations for the implementation of the concept of human security. The Japanese Government has also recently created a ¥15 billion program of Grant Assistance to Grassroots Human Security Projects. In order to promote such human security initiatives, it has become important to clarify what human security projects would entail. For this purpose, the Fifth Intellectual Dialogue, held in Bangkok on December 11-12, 2002, was designed to explore key indicators of human security and feasible methods of evaluation for human security projects.

A working team was created under the directorship of Dr. Naruo Uehara of Tohoku University, health and human security specialist and an expert on the evaluation of foreign assistance. The members held a Bangkok Workshop on December 12 with the participation of Human Security Commission members including Mrs. Sadako Ogata, as well as practitioners and scholars on development, human security issues, and security issues from Southeast Asia and Japan. A follow-up workshop was held in Tokyo on February 26, 2003, which was attended by Human Security Commission members, politicians, NGO representatives, scholars, government officials, international organizations, and governmental development agencies of Southeast Asia and Japan.

Dr. Uehara's final paper will be available both in English and Japanese.

Tokyo Workshop:

Bangkok Workshop