Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) is a non-profit, non-partisan networking NGO founded in 1987 by a group of NGO leaders who saw the need to better coordinate activities in Japanese society and facilitate communication with groups overseas.
Our goal is to achieve a global society where people are liberated from hunger, poverty and violation of human rights, where people live in harmony with nature, where people are assured of equal and fair opportunities for participation in deciding directions for their society, and where people mutually respect diverse cultures and values, while living together.
- To promote networking and collaborative activities among citizens’ organizations (NGOs) engaged in international cooperation.
- To facilitate collective action by its members and wider Japanese civil society to influence the policies and practice of governments and institutions at domestic and international levels.
- To strengthen the institutional capability of NGOs in carrying out their missions.
- To disseminate information and knowledge concerning people's living conditions in developing regions of the world and the impact of the public’s way of life on these people.
- To enlighten the general public on the role of NGOs and encourage them to participate in NGO activities in any form.
- Foster closer relationships among Japanese NGOs engaged in international cooperation.
- facilitate policy advocacy of global issues and better aid.
- Strengthen capacity of NGOs and the promotion of social responsibility initiatives.
- Encourage networking among domestic, international NGOs and related organizations.
- Deepen public understanding of NGO and generate support for NGO activities and international cooperation in Japan.
- Conduct research on NGOs and on international cooperation and advance statements to the State.
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At present, JANIC has 111 NGO members and is governed by a Board of Trustees, with a secretary general and 18 staff members. Secretary General is Eiichi Sadamatsu.
For more details on JANIC's governamce, you can refer to the "The Articles of Incorporation of Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation", "Regulations for Members of JANIC" and "Code of Conduct for NGOs"
JANIC has five major sources of income.
1. Membership fees
3. Grants: Niwano Peace Foundation, Rissho Kosei Kai -One Meal Campaign Committee, CWS Asia/Pacific and Japan, Mercy Corps, and others
4. Trustees: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, JICA, and others
5. Business income and others: Income from sales of publication, seminar fees, and other services
JANIC’s income of 163,970,206 in 2014 was derived from membership fees (10%), Individual and Corporate Contributions (15%), Grants (39%), Trustees (32%), Income from sales of publication, seminar fees, and other services (4%), etc.
History of JANIC
The history of JANIC is relatively short. Through the initiative of eleven NGO leaders in 1987, JANIC started with a small office staffed by a few volunteers in order to serve the Japanese NGO community engaged in international development cooperation, and to act as a clearinghouse of information regarding Japanese NGOs. In the past decades, in addition to the mission mentioned above, JANIC has started to emerge as an institution that fosters the growth and development of an active civil society in Japan.
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