The Fifth Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia’s Tomorrow focused on “Implementing the Human Security Concept: Exploring Approaches to Evaluating Human Security Projects.” The Bangkok Workshop was the first of two meetings on this theme.
The Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia’s Tomorrow series played a significant role in the establishment of the Commission on Human Security in 2001. The Commission, which was co-chaired by Sadako Ogata, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics, published a final report in May 2003 that offers specific recommendations for the implementation of the concept of human security. The Japanese government has also recently created a ¥15 billion program of Grant Assistance to Grassroots Human Security Projects. In order to promote such human security initiatives, it has become important to clarify what human security projects would entail.
For this purpose, the Fifth Intellectual Dialogue, held in Bangkok on December 11–12, 2002, was designed to explore key indicators of human security and feasible methods of evaluation for human security projects. A working team was created under the directorship of Dr. Naruo Uehara of Tohoku University, health and human security specialist and an expert on the evaluation of foreign assistance. The workshop on December 12 involved the participation of Human Security Commission members including Mrs. Sadako Ogata, as well as practitioners and scholars on development, human security issues, and security issues from Southeast Asia and Japan.
A follow-up workshop was held in Tokyo on February 26, 2003.
Wednesday, December 11
International Public Symposium on Challenges to Human Security in a Borderless World
Thursday, December 12
Session I: Key Indicators and Factors of Human Security
• Lincoln Chen, Member, Commission on Human Security; Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Session II: Possible Approaches to Evaluation of Human Security Projects/Programs
• Naruo Uehara, Professor, School of International Health, Tohoku University
|Sabina ALKIRE||Research Writer for the Report, Commission on Human Security|
|AMARA Pongsapich||Director, Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute, Thailand|
|Mely C. ANTHONY||Assistant Professor, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nangyang Technological University, Singapore|
|Lincoln C. CHEN||Member, Commission on Human Security; Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA|
|François FOUINAT||Executive Director, Commission on Human Security|
|Yoshitaro FUWA||Senior Research Associate, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)|
|Barry D. GABERMAN||Senior Vice President, Ford Foundation|
|Ernesto D. GARILAO||Professor, Center for Development Management, Asian Institute of Management, the Philippines|
|Peter F. GEITHNER||Advisor, Asia Center, Harvard University, USA|
|LEE Hock Guan||Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore|
|Mochammad MAKSUM||Director and Associate Professor, Center for Rural and Regional Development Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia|
|Sarah MICHAEL||Research Fellow, the Global Equity Initiative, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University|
|Wathana ONPANICH||Program Associate, The Japan Foundation, Bangkok|
|SOMKIAT Tangkitvanich||Research Director for Information Economy, Thailand Development Research Institute, Thailand|
|SURIN Pitsuwan||Member, Commission on Human Security; Former Thai Foreign Minister|
|Yoshio TAKANO||Deputy Director, The Japan Foundation, Bangkok|
|Keiichi TANGO||Executive Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Institute|
|Viviene TAYLOR||Deputy Executive Director/Program Coordinator for Development, the Secretariat for the Commission on Human Security|
|Naruo UEHARA||Professor, School of International Health, Tohoku University, Japan|
|Tadashi YAMAMOTO||President, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)|