Capacity Building Support

Q1 What is Capacity Building Support?

Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief
Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief

A1.In recent years, there have been changes in the international situation including the development of interdependence among states.

Against this backdrop, it is now imperative for the international community to jointly tackle issues such as Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Relief (HA/DR), and Anti-Piracy activities, which were not necessarily regarded as security issues (non-traditional security issues) in the past, in light of the concern that they might spread to other countries across the borders.

In this context, it is increasingly important for developed countries, in addition to their own various efforts already made in these areas, to support developing countries to improve their capacity so that they can sort out problems on their own.

Such support for developing countries to improve their own coping capacity in these non-traditional security issues is called “Capacity Building Support.”

Q2 What is the difference from policies in practice so far?

Anti-Piracy Activities
Anti-Piracy Activities

A2.The Ministry of Defense (MOD) and the Self-Defense Force (SDF) have conducted the United Nations peacekeeping operations, International Disaster Relief Operations, Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance activities in Iraq, Anti-Piracy activities off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, and other activities. These activities were conducted as after-the-fact responses after the security problems such as conflicts and large-scale disasters actually occurred.

Capacity Building Support is an initiative based on a new concept to create stability in the region actively and proactively and to improve the international security environment, by making efforts to develop the better coping capacities of such countries that are to be supported, through continued measures including human resource development and technical support in non-traditional security fields.

Q3 What specific support will be provided?

A3.There are possibilities to dispatch experts and accept trainees to support the coping capacities of military forces and relevant organs of developing countries mostly in Southeast Asia in non-traditional security areas including HA/DR, Anti-Piracy and Land-mine/Unexploded Ordnance Disposal.

Bathing support activity
Land-mine /Unexploded Ordnance Disposal
Bathing support activity
Land-mine /Unexploded Ordnance Disposal

Q4 What is the plan for future efforts toward Capacity Building Support?

Image of Capacity Building Support

A4.In FY 2011 - mostly for Southeast Asian countries - we conducted on-site survey, grasped and analyzed specific needs for support and conducted research on areas and methods of Capacity Building Support to be provided by the MOD/SDF.

In FY 2012, MOD will decide which countries to provide support and what kind of support would Japan provide, based on the research conducted in FY 2011 and requests from the countries concerned. As an example of a specific method, MOD will conduct Capacity Building Support in cooperation with a private organization which has experience and knowledge on the support area under a contract between MOD and the responsible organization.

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