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Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) annual report fiscal year 2014 (English)

The Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) was established in 2000 as a collaboration between the Government of Japan (GoJ) and the World Bank to address the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s. The partners conceived the fund as a grant mechanism to provide assistance to vulnerable groups affected by the crisis. The Bank and Japan later expanded the program to support innovative activities that helped the most disadvantaged groups in eligible countries. These include all low-income and lower-middle-income countries defined by the 2014 World Development Indicators. Under the Regular Program, these countries can receive JSDF grants of up to $3 million. AThe JSDF program provides grants to support community-driven development and poverty reduction projects that empower the poorest and most vulnerable groups not reached by other programs, to improve their lives through direct benefits. Unlike most Bank-financed projects, which central governments execute, JSDF grants are launched by NGOs/CSOs, local governments, and community associations. This model creates a platform for cooperation with NGOs and other local stakeholders in the development process. The Trust Funds and Partnerships Department (DFPTF) within the World Bank’s Development Finance Vice Presidency (DFi) administers the JSDF.

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Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) annual report fiscal year 2014 (English). Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/445341467996758812/Japan-Social-Development-Fund-JSDF-annual-report-fiscal-year-2014