The Institute of Cultural Affairs Japan is a private non-profit organization concerned with the human factor in world development. At the heart of ICA’s work is the belief that long-term, sustainable development happens only when people grasp the significance of their own lives in the larger scheme of things – when they actively participate in the changes taking place around them instead of merely being targets of that change.
Working in partnership with local ICA staff in developing countries, ICA Japan‘s international effort is focused on the implementation of comprehensive human development projects that emphasize basic human needs and protecting the natural environment. ICA Japan’s recent international partnership projects have included the building of basic infrastructure such as schools, health care centers, and water and sanitation systems, the fostering of economic self-sufficiency through small-scale business development and job training for women and youth, appropriate technology transfer through the dispatch of technical advisors and international study tours, and natural resource conservation through reforestation and sustainable agriculture education. In Japan, our main activities focus on development education and the promotion of environmental awareness through slide shows, international conferences, photo exhibitions, videos and publications, and our homepage.