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TICAD7: Building a Better World through Business - Challenges in Humanitarian Assistance in Africa and the Role of Private Sector

Event location: 
Waseda University Nihonbashi Campus

WHO:             ICRC, Waseda University, Japan    

WHAT:            Seminar

WHERE:         Waseda University Nihonbashi Campus.

WHEN:           27 August, 2019 TIME: 18h30-20h00


Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 8 August 2019 – At the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Waseda University will co-host a seminar to discuss post-conflict humanitarian needs and challenges. Participants will also exchange views on the expected roles and responsibilities of the Japanese private sector and academic institutions.

 Khaled Sherif African Development Bank Vice President Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery will be among the high-level speakers on the panel.  

“The Bank has committed to enhancing its advisory role, resources and capacities in order to scale up its support to countries affected by conflict and fragility,” Sherif notes.

Private sector development in low-income countries in Africa and private investment are lagging behind. The Bank is increasingly using innovative approaches to combine private financing with concessional financing to support projects with high social benefits.

“The Bank applies “fragility lens” to its programmes and project, from climate change impacts, to economic and social inclusiveness,” Sherif said. “It will seek to improve the enabling business environment for private sector-led, and inclusive growth.”

Waseda, a Japanese private research university in Shinjuku, Tokyo, has always been a pivotal source of innovative ideas and imaginations that have led social actors to create new products, market mechanisms and social systems. Current research activities in Waseda cover a broad area ranging from robotics and smart-grid to new financial services.

Globally renowned ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence.

Waseda and ICRC have agreed to work together for collaborative projects/programme including the development of innovative technologies for humanitarian assistance.

A networking reception will be held after the public seminar at Waseda University Nihonbashi Campus.



Khaled Sherif, Vice-President, Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery, African Development Bank Group

Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Aiji Tanaka President, Waseda University

Izumi Kobayashi Former Vice Chair, Japan Association of Corporate Executives


Facilitator: Shuichi Furuya, Professor, Waseda University


Note: To attend, you must register on the Waseda University website. Only the first 150 registrations will be accepted. Click here to fill in the registration form



Amba Mpoke-Bigg, Communication and External Relations Department, African Development Bank

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