Foreign Aid Policy: Japan-Australia Cooperation in a COVID World


The Stretton Institute with financial support from the Japan Foundation Sydney office, and in collaboration with the JICA Ogata Sadako Institute for Peace and Development in Tokyo held a half-day online symposium on Foreign Aid Policy: Japan-Australia Cooperation in a COVID World on 15 July 2021. 

The main purpose of the symposium was to highlight Japan’s foreign aid policy and its implementation in the 21st century considering policy transformation and implications for recipients. Importantly, it also considered how Japan and Australia have performed in the foreign aid space and how they could possibly cooperate on global health issues in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly in the South Pacific island states.

Speakers and moderators included academics, officials and practitioners with substantial experience in the areas of public health policy, development cooperation, economics, diplomacy and international relations.  Ziyaad Nazir Ebrahim and Ngoc Lan Tran, PhD students at the University of Adelaide have prepared summaries of their presentations that appear below, as well as the recordings of the sessions.

Symposium program

Opening remarks and session 1

An overview of Japan and Australia's foreign aid policies: key features.

Session 2

Japan and Australia: contribution to global health via development cooperation policy (and its implementation)

Session 3 and closing remarks

Japan-Australia cooperation in a COVID world: the case of South Pacific island nations


This event was funded by the Japan Foundation, Sydney.