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JSDF Annual Report 2016

Barefoot Technicians and Grassroot  CEOs

JSDF AR 2016 Cover



This Annual Report 2016 Report highlights the critical role the Government of Japan plays in providing innovative solutions to development challenges through the JSDF in reaching the poorest of the poor.  The FY16 Annual Report features a portfolio of 70 active grants, valued at $191.1 million of which $109.5 million has been disbursed.


SEWA 250h



The book chronicles the technological journey of SEWA illiterate and semi-illiterate women developing their technical and managerial skills and linking their livelihoods to  mainstream markets. Financed by the World Bank, the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) and SEWA, the project is a bright example of a transformational programs that sets in motion the homegrown engines of innovation and income, unleashing a technological spark and entrepreneurial fire that reaches and transforms society’s most marginalized.

Addressing Youth Violence in El Salvador through Music and Culture


Arising from the “Comunidad Iberia” of San Salvador, the Youth Symphonic Orchestra and Choir “Polígono Don Bosco” (YOPDB) is a response to  violence and social exclusion for at-risk youth in the area. Supported by a grant from the JSDF, the program seeks to increase self-esteem,  promote creativity; develop intelligence, sociability and solidarity; and strengthen the personality of children and adolescents....Watch video (4mins)

Coming Home : Building Post-conflict Communities in Senegal


In 2003, after two decades of fighting for independence, the conflict in the Casamance, in Southern Senegal finally came to an end. Tens of thousand of people who had been driven from their villages returned home. In an effort to support the restoration of normal social and economic activity, a JSDF grant was provided to allow the communities to re-build.

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Pioneering a Comprehensive Approach to Child Development in Egypt

Egypt Child LaborIn many countries in the Middle East and North Africa Region children remain active participants in the labor market, risking their education, health and social integration. A pilot project financed by the JSDF, and seen as a regional best practice, developed a successful and holistic approach to the elimination of this problem....Project Profile

Unleashing The Power of Rural Communities in Sri Lanka

SriLankaThe Village Self-Help Learning Initiative Pilot sought to empower vulnerable groups such as women, youth and farmers to make effective decisions, to plan and implement programs and manage their own funds through participatory development and partnership betwen villagers, the state and civil society. Based on the success of the pilot a program was developed (known locally as "Gemi Diriya") that now serves over 1000 villages and has produced remarkable results, notably in access to credit and improved infrastructure....Project Profile

Building Local Capacity for Pro-poor Development in Tamil Nadu

TamilNaduIndia amended it constitution in the early 1990 to strengthen decentralization and local governance. In support of the efforts of the state government of Tamil Nadu, a JSDF project has piloted new approaches to service delivery - which put villagers in charge of their own development. The successful project, which introduced new income opportunities, strengthened village governance (Panchayats) and community-driven approaches was able to work in parallel with World Bank project to adopt and scale up successful innovations...Project Profile