Coordination Initiative: Facilitating US-Japan Civil Society Collaboration

February 2012–March 2015

JCIE undertook a multiyear initiative to help deepen cooperation between Japanese and overseas groups responding to 3/11 by nurturing new partnerships, facilitating US-Japan funding, disseminating up-to-date information on the disaster response, and sponsoring exchange and dialogue on US-Japan cooperation on 3/11.
 
Connecting Japanese and Overseas Groups
Through JCIE’s efforts, new partnerships involving nearly 30 US and Japanese organizations were able to develop. JCIE helped by introducing potential collaborators to one another, advising them on how to work together, and actively facilitating their cooperation.

 
Facilitating Funding
JCIE matched dozens of overseas donors and Japanese groups involved in the Tohoku region’s recovery, advising both sides on how to best work together and, in the process, mobilizing more than $290,000 in donations to help with the response.

 
Serving as an Information Clearinghouse
JCIE disseminated information on Japan’s disaster response for Americans, Japanese, and others in a position to support the disaster response—humanitarian professionals who were trying to find out how to best help, donors searching for ways to give to Japanese organizations, scholars documenting the response, and students and others at the grassroots level who wished to assist Japan but were uncertain how to proceed. As part of this effort, it also produced cutting-edge analysis of the nongovernmental response. Some of the publications produced as part of this effort include the following:

3.11 Insider: Monthly Newsletter 
JCIE | OCTOBER 2012–PRESENT

Survey & Analysis: US Giving for the 3/11 Disaster 
JCIE | ANNUAL 2012–2016

Friendship across Borders: Nearly 100 US Sister City Organizations Raise Relief Funds for Japan
TOSHIHIRO MENJU, ATSUKO GEIGER | SEPTEMBER 2012 | JCIE

International Philanthropy and Disasters in Developed Countries: The US Response to Japan’s 3.11 Disaster
JAMES GANNON | JULY 2014 | JCIE

Bringing People Together: Assessing the Impact of 3/11 on US-Japan Grassroots Exchange
ATSUKO GEIGER | MARCH 2015 | JCIE

Strengthening US-Japan NGO Partnerships on Humanitarian Responses—Lessons from 3/11 | [日本語]
JCIE | MARCH 2015

Innovative Disaster Responses: Model Approaches from Japan’s 3/11 Disaster
ATSUKO GEIGER, KAEDE KAWAUCHI, SERINA BELLAMY | MARCH 2015 | JCIE

 
Promoting Exchange and Dialogue

In order to encourage deeper coordination, JCIE convened brought together Japanese and Americans involved in various aspects of the disaster response to discuss how to work together more effectively. It also promoted grassroots exchange involving those affected by the disaster and sponsored the following events:

Funders Roundtable with AidTAKATA   NEW YORK | MARCH 29, 2012

US Visit Program & Public Seminar for Kamaishi Community Leaders   NEW YORK | SEPTEMBER 16–17, 2012

Disaster Risk Reduction Roundtable 2012   NEW YORK | OCTOBER 18, 2012

Roundtable: Assessing International Partnerships in Supporting Tohoku Recovery   TOKYO | JANUARY 30, 2013

Disaster Risk Reduction Roundtable 2013   NEW YORK | MAY 13, 2013

Seminar: Strengthening International NGO Partnerships on Disaster Responses: Lessons from 3.11   TOKYO | NOVEMBER 19, 2013

DC Policy Roundtable with 3/11 Responders    WASHINGTON DC | JANUARY 22, 2014

Reception for the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund   NEW YORK | FEBRUARY 26, 2014

Roundtable on Entrepreneurship in Tohoku with Mio Yamamoto/WIT   NEW YORK | MAY 8, 2014

Roundtable on Philanthropy in the Disaster Zone with Yuji Suzuki/Sanaburi Foundation   NEW YORK | MAY 16, 2014

Rikuzentakata Student Visit Program to New York & Welcome Reception   NEW YORK | AUGUST 2014

Roundtable on US-Japan Disaster Cooperation with Randy Martin/MercyCorps   NEW YORK | NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Seminar: Strengthening Civil Society Ties after 3.11—Lessons from the US-Japan Experience   WASHINGTON DC | MARCH 20, 2015

 

This initiative was made possible through the generous support of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.