The Japan International Cooperation Agency is the government agency responsible for technical cooperation in Japanís Official Development Assistance (ODA) programs. JICA aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation as well as the sound development of the Japanese and global economy by supporting the socioeconomic development, recovery or economic stability of developing regions.
The agency has four missions: addressing the global agenda, reducing poverty through equitable growth, improving governance, and achieving human security. It seeks to achieve these through four main strategies: integrated assistance, seamless assistance, promoting development partnerships, and enhancing research and knowledge-sharing.
ICT features heavily in JICA programs, which include the development of infrastructure, training, health and e-learning. The agency also supports small and medium enterprises, and governmental institutions that promote them, as part of its interest in developing the private sector.