Development Cooperation



  • Japan's Assistance for Africa

In 1993, Japan took the initiative to organize the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in view of promoting high level political dialogue between African leaders and their partners in the area of development with "ownership and partnership" as guiding principles. This conference has taken place every five years since 1993, jointly organized with the UN, UNDP, and the World Bank.

Know more about TICAD :別ウィンドウで開く

  • Country Assistance Policy for Republic of Cameroon

For the document (in French), click here.別ウィンドウで開く And for the annex (Rolling Plan) (in French), click here.別ウィンドウで開く

  • Grant Aid

Grant Aid is a form of financial aid which recipient countries do not have the obligation of reimbursing. Non-refundable grant aid includes socio-economic infrastructure projects such as the construction of schools and hospitals, assistance in the area of Education, the fight against HIV/AIDS, the environment, health, and others.
For example, Japan has financed construction of primary schools throughout the country, often called "Japanese schools" since 1997 in Cameroon. Japan has also financed rural water supply project, improvement of radio communication network and construction of a fishing port. Japan continues to finance projects in the areas of humanitarian aid, development and peace in cooperation with international organizations.
In the Central African Republic, the project for the construction of primary schools was started in 2010. Japan also finances projects through international organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, and WFP.
In the republic of Chad, Japan finances projects through international organizations, especially the supply of anti-terrorism equipment, food and nutrition, water, sanitary and health.

  • Grass-Roots Human Security Grant
In 1989, the Government of Japan established grass-roots human security grant scheme as part of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to finance projects carried out by local non-profit organizations or local authorities in developing countries.

 Call for proposals
The call for proposals for the year 2024 is now closed. 
Application Period for 2024 
1st October 2023 – 28th December, 2023
How to apply 
Please read carefully the application guide below, and send an application form with necessary documents to the e-mail address written in the guide.
・Application guide (French /English )
・Application form (French /English )
List of past projects 

Le Projet de construction d'un château d'eau et aménagement de l'environnement scolaire de l'école CEBEC de Babouantou Tonko, région de l'ouest (2021)
  • Loan Aid

In many developing countries, there is a great need for electricity, gas, roads, and communication infrastructures. Given that such developments require large financial resources, Japan grants them long term loans with very low interest rates for these structures to be put in place.

  • Technical Cooperation

As human resources play an important role in development, Japan sends Japanese Experts to these countries and organizes trainings in Japan based on the request made by the recipient countries.
In Cameroon, about 30 persons selected from the public service participate in trainings in Japan every year. Japan has sent experts to Cameroon for forest conservation, upland rice, inland fisheries and others.

  • Deployment of Japanese Volunteers

Japan sends volunteers based on the needs expressed by the countries. These volunteers have knowledge, required experience, and wish to contribute to the development of countries.
Since 2006, about twenty Japanese volunteers have been working in Cameroon every year.

Japanese Volunteers

  • Scientific and Technological Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS)

Based on the needs of developing countries, Japan finances joint international research on global challenges in order to find solutions to problems and increase technological and scientific knowledge. Furthermore, Japan plans to reinforce the development of research capacities and sustainable research activities in developing countries through this partnership (Website of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) ).
Since 2011, Japan have executed the following three projects with the duration of 5 years each, one of which is ongoing:
- "Establishment of Sustainable Livelihood Strategies and Natural Resource Management in Tropical Rain forest and its Surrounding Areas of Cameroon: Integrating the Global Environmental Concerns with Local Livelihood Needs"
- "Magmatic Fluid Supply into Lakes Nyos and Monoun and Mitigation of Natural Disasters through Capacity Building in Cameroon
- “Co-creation of Innovative Forest Resources Management Combining Ecological Methods and Indigenous Knowledge


Useful links
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan "Japan's ODA"
Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA)
JICA Cameroon Office