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JSAS-Hitachi Project FY2022 Symposium Exploration of Practical Wisdom and Resilience Overcoming Down

-Time & Date: 18:00~20:00, February 21 (Tue)

-Venue: Zoom Webinar

-Language: English (Japanese interpretation available)

-Information and Registration:


SDGs Collaborative Research Unit at the Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) of the University of Tokyo and Japan Society for Afrasian Studies (JSAS) have conducted an international collaborative research project on “Exploration of Practical Wisdom and Resilience Overcoming Downside Risk - Collecting grassroots voices in Africa under COVID-19” supported by the Hitachi Fund Support for Research Related to Infectious Diseases. This research project aims to classify and assess the real and perceived risks associated with both Covid-19 and government responses to the pandemic in seven African countries. It also aims to elucidate the people’s resilience in overcoming the risks. We have collected daily grassroots voices in African six countries, DR Congo, Kenya, South Africa Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. We shall also collaborate with research institutions in the countries. Through that, this research will contribute to improving aid policy and business strategies.

At this symposium, which marks one year since the start of the research project, we will report on the online survey conducted using the data platform and field surveys in Kenya and Zimbabwe.


Overview: Kazuyo Hanai, Project Assistant Professor, the University of Tokyo

Presentation 1: Christian S. Otchia, Associate Professor, Nagoya University

“Risk Perceptions of COVID-19 in Africa: Belief, Values, and Personality”

Presentation 2: Laban Kithinji Kinyua, Fellow, Sophia University

“The COVID-19 Disruptions in Kenya's Higher Education: Closure, Fatigue, and Paths towards Recovery”

Presentation 3: Rangarirai Gavini Muchetu, Research fellow, Sam Moyo African Institute for

Agrarian Studies

“Farmer’s perception of the effects of COVID-19 on agricultural markets and livelihoods in Zimbabwe”

-Host: SDGs Collaborative Research Unit, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), the University of Tokyo

-Co-host: Japan Society for Afrasian Studies (JSAS)

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