一般社団法人 アフリカ開発協会


Africa-Japan Youth Alliance for SDGs Ideas for Global Change
Application Guidelines
As ratified in the United Nations SDGs Agenda Declaration, creating a sustainable future built on economic, social and environmental pillars is a goal common to all nations. While the challenges and issues faced by Japan and African countries might differ in nature and scale, all nations can benefit from cross-cultural proposals to solve these issues. Whether through applying Japan’s advanced technology and knowledge to tackle issues on the African continent, or reversely, drawing inspiration from the innovations happening in Africa to face challenges in Japan, the possibilities are limitless. A Japan-Africa Partnership will open the doors for hybrid, innovative and mutually beneficial ideas. This competition offers the opportunity for young Japanese and African scholars to learn from each other, with the aim to lay the foundation for meaningful collaborations. They are encouraged to share, promote and set in motion effective and innovative solutions that are unique to their individual perspective and experiences.
■Date and time
August 26th, 2019 14:00~18:30
▽Emmanuel Marvin Maseruka(国際教養大、あしなが)「Redefining Waste Management in Kampala City: Introducing the “GOMI Economy” Model」
▽Amadu Ali Nabe(北海道大)「Floatmeal – The Food of the Future」
▽Yves Freddy Abeme Bouoto(神戸情報大学院大)「Mosquito_Honey」
Session 1: Panel Discussion - Japan x Africa: How to implement our idea
The panelists are Mr. Patrick Behuhuma (DMM.Africa), Ms Chizu Nakamoto (Founder & COO of RICCI EVERYDAY) and Ms Elizabeth Rossiello (Founder &CEO of Bit Pesa).
Session 2: Competition
Session 3: Commemorative lecture by a guest from to be determined
Waseda University Bldg. 3, Classroom No 301, 169-0051 Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Nishiwaseda 1-6-1,
Ashinaga Foundation, Association of African Economy and Development (AFRECO)
Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA)
Japan International Center for Exchange (JICE) , Waseda Institute of International Strategy, SOKA University, United Nations Information Centre
The Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper
■For inquiries
Contact the Office of the Japan-Africa Youth Alliance
This competition is open to:
◆ Students from Japan and Africa currently enrolled at Japanese educational institution (High school, university or graduate school)
◆ Employees from Japan and Africa residing in Japan, and no older than 30 by the time of application.
To apply, use the online registration form.
Proposal Format:
◆ Word Format. The summary should be no longer than 1200 Characters (Japanese) or 700 words (English).
◆ PowerPoint format is also accepted. (Optional, No videos)
■Deadline for submission of application
・Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm
■ Selection
 Round 1: Pre-Selection, Entry deadline: June 17
24 candidates will be shortlisted and invited to the second stage.
 Round 2: Virtual Presentation(July 13)
Pre-selected candidates will be required to do an online pitch of their proposals. 6 successful candidates will be invited to the final round.
 Final Round: Stage Presentation (August 26)
The 6 finalists will face the judging panel for the final presentation of their proposals. The winner will be chosen on the same day.
※ The announcement of results for each round will only be sent via email to those who passed the selection.
■Presentation Requirements
These requirements apply to both the Virtual Presentation on July 13 and the Final Presentation on August 26.
Presentation by applicant: 10 minutes
Q&A session: 5 minutes
Language: Japanese or English.
Applicants are free to present in either English or Japanese, use of PowerPoint is optional.
English or Japanese are the only languages permitted for use in the proposals and the presentations.
■Selection criteria
The proposals will be evaluated based on the following factors:
Innovativeness, Connection to the SDGs and Originality of the solution.
Feasibility, Execution plan and other factors deemed relevant by the juror.
Language skills, presentation skills and content.
■Presentation Judges (alphabetical order, honorifics omitted)
Dominic BAGENDA (Future University Hakodate) Sadaharu KATAOKA (Waseda Univ. / AFRECO) – Chairman Tatsuo NANAI (The Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper) Ryozo Myoi (Ex-Ambassador to Angola / AFRECO) Kayo TORII (ASHINAGA Japan) and others
■Judges (alphabetical order, honorifics omitted)
Nobumichi FURUICHI (Japan Weather Association) Sadaharu KATAOKA (Waseda Univ. / AFRECO) - Chairman Elizabeth Rossiello (BitPesa) Yoko SAKANOUE(Management Strategist / Author) Kayo TORII (ASHINAGA Japan)
Deliberation and the Awarding ceremony will be held following the final presentation.
• 2 Grand prizes
Encouragement Prizes for other finalists: hotel voucher (Super Hotel), “Cotton Nouveau” face towel (IKEUCHI ORGANIC), 100 MUSUBI ORGANIC furoshiki (Yamada Seni)
•Application Deadline: June 17, 2019
•Shortlist announcement: End of June, via Email
•Virtual Presentation: July 13, 2019
•Finalists announcement: End of July, via Email
•August 26, 2019: Final Presentation
※ The announcement of results for each round will only be sent via email to those who passed the selection.
•Contestants are expected to bear their own transportation fees to and from the venue.
•Winners’ cooperation might be requested for a feature in a publication in The Mainichi Shimbun.
■Brief Profile of Judges and Panelists
Dick Olango
Born in Nairobi, Kenya. Upon graduating from Starehe Boys’ Centre, Dick Olango got full scholarship from the Japanese government to study architecture at Tokyo Metropolitan University. He gained professional experience working for various firms in Japan, including the Pritzker laureate Shigeru Ban Architects. He co-founded Africa Architecture Project, a platform that focuses on improving housing in Kibera slums, Nairobi. He plays important roles in many organization such as an architectural firm, AOAD, based in Nairobi and Tokyo. He has been invited to participate in the prestigious Venice Biennale 2016.
Yoko Sakanoue
Yoko Sakanoue is one of Japan’s leading business and communication strategists. Her projects often rely on her ability to bring together diverse talents drawing from her extensive network of political and business leaders, public sector officials, cultural leaders, social entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizers. Her clients include international organizations, NPOs, as well as leading private corporations of Japan. She is also an author of several best-selling books and is a popular lecturer at colleges and universities.
Chizu Nakamoto
After graduated from the graduate school of Hitotsubashi University, Chizu Nakamoto started her career working for a Japanese bank. In 2011, she joined one of an agricultural NGO in Sub-Sahara Africa and moved her base to Kampala, Uganda in 2014. Soon after, attracted by colorfully and playfully printed fabric, she set up “RICCI EVERYDAY” which produces and sells high-quality printed fabric products like bags and travel goods created by single mothers in Uganda. She registered “RICCI EVERYDAY” as a corporation in Japan in 2015 and in Uganda in 2016, and has received many awards such as Japan-Africa Entrepreneurs Supporting Initiative.
Nobumichi Furuichi
Advisor of Japan Weather Association (JWA). Nobumichi Furuichi has been engaged in both domestic and foreign weather-related business, environment, and disaster prevention work. When meteorological business market was formed by Japan's deregulation and the introduction of private sector vitalization policy in the 1990s, he implemented new businesses based on the highly reliable meteorological technology of JWA. In recent years, he has served as a government and private-sector external commissioner. He was also a judge at TICAD VI Side Event “Japan / African Student Innovators Expo” where two excellent students won JWA Award.
Patrick Behuhuma
Born in DRCongo. On graduating from Protestant University, Patrick Behuhuma worked as Parliamentary Assistant to the Chairman of the Senate and carried out an internship on legal practice. After receiving MEXT Scholarship, he came to Japan in 2011 to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Meiji University’s Professional Graduate School of Governance Studies. Later, he joined DMM.Africa as Business Development Analyst. Recently, he also works as PR Officer at Africa Forum Executive Committee (AFEC) in order to enhance relationships between Africa and Japan. He regularly appears on Japanese media i.e. NHK Cool Japan.
Elizabeth Rossiello
After studied International Business and Finance at Columbia University, Elizabeth Rossiello became a rating analyst for microfinance institutions across sub-Saharan Africa, consulting for Grameen Foundation, Gates Foundation and others. In 2013, she founded BitPesa, which was the first company to leverage digital currency to significantly lower the cost of making remittance and business payments to and from sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the first blockchain company to be licensed by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority. BitPesa is now a market-maker in every major African currency and facilitates payments into G20 currencies directly.
The Travelers Guardian Inc
Yamada Seni,