On 24 October 2015, with generous support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology of Japan, UNU-IAS launched the Grant for Global Sustainability (GGS), a new initiative supporting research contributing to the newly agreed 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sixty-five project proposals for full three-year grants were submitted by Japanese educational and research institutions. In August 2015, as a result of a competitive selection process, the following two proposals were selected and commenced implementation. They will run, within the allocated budget, until 2017 subject to successful mid-term evaluation scheduled for mid-2016.
This project focuses on the multi-faceted and interrelated nature of inequality in education that differs throughout Asian and African countries. Its objective is to bring together stakeholders from different countries and diverse regional case studies in order to develop an understanding of the realities that hinder progress in learning. They will develop a model for an inclusive education system conducive to progress in learning.
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
This pilot project aims to enhance the resilience of selected cities to natural disasters through building the capacity of their stakeholders. The project will be conducted in Kathmandu (Nepal) and Yangon (Myanmar) as two examples of cities particularly prone to severe natural disasters. In Kathmandu, the project will focus on earthquake preparedness while also assessing the ongoing recovery and reconstruction activities following the April earthquake. The project in Yangon will focus on earthquake and cyclone disasters.