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GCAP Japan: More and Better Aid!

From mid-September to mid-October, as students and concerned citizens 'stood up' across Japan to call on governments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and create a just Post-2015 sustainable development agenda, GCAP Japan has been working to shape how Japan delivers foreign aid.

Japan - one of the world's largest international donors - is in the process of revising the charter that governs its Official Development Assistance (ODA).

In 2013, Japan spent US$11.79 billion on ODA, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It ranks 4th among OECD countries in terms of absolute numbers, but just 18th in terms of percentage of national income.


Students at Konan Junior High School in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan 'Stand Up' for a world filled with smiles and without poverty.  A key demand of anti-poverty campaigners is that Japan better spend its Official Development Assistance.

Update: October 17th Actions

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was marked around the world again this year, with actions in 30 countries. Below, we highlight some actions that were taken to build The World We Want:

October 17th Update From GCAP Japan

In Japan, the SUTA 2012 campaign was held from 1 to 17 October. People did stand up in support of poverty eradication all over the country. About 27,000 people stood up, and around 1,200 events were reported in Japan.

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