* In collaborative action within Japan Ecumenical Taskforce for Saigai (disaster), for which CWS Japan serves as the secretariat, Program Officer Yukiko Maki was seconded to support relief operations in flood affected communities on Northern Kyushu island in southern Japan.
* In partnership with Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, and through its Humanitarian Innovation Fund, CWS Japan became the host of the Network’s innovation hub for new thinking and new collaborations for disaster risk management reduction and response.
* From a multi-sector approach to disaster risk reduction in Afghanistan that is funded by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for CWS Japan and Japan Conservation Engineers, Co. Ltd. to start a disaster risk reduction program focused on hazard mapping technology transfer and community -based approaches, and in alignment with the ADRRN innovation hub’s aims, CWS Japan, CWS Vietnam and Japan Conservation Engineers, Co. Ltd., assessed risks for natural disaster in northern Vietnam and designed a community-based project for JICA to consider funding for three years. At year end, indications are strong that the project will be funded with significant impact for many communities in Vietnam.
* To strengthen CWS Japan team and program management, with Board of Director’s approval and regional leadership concurrence, Ikue Uchida was hired as Deputy Country Representative.