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Alliance Forum Foundation

Participation in micro finance course by university students and holding of the Future of Developing Countries and Japan Through Micro-Finance Symposium (provisional name)

Activity grant

Project Description

The foundation works to promote the development of global human resources and conducts activities based on its mission of serving as a bridge between Japan and developing countries. The micro-finance course in Bangladesh that has been conducted since 2009 teaches the characteristics of finance in developing countries and the life styles of the low-income bracket in a systematic and practical manner. Going forward, we will invite eight university students to participate in the course (per year) and promote human resource development in order to encourage the further participation of young people in Japan and also spread this experience throughout local communities.

Grant year
FY2012 Activity Grants
Grant term
1 years
October 2012 - September 2013
Grant amount
800,000 yen
Activity region
Bangladesh, Kanto
Micro finance farm village customers interacting with course participants

Overview of the Organization

Takehito Hara, Managing Director
Takehito Hara, Managing Director
Establishment year
2011 (started activities in Japan from 2007)
Establishment purpose
The foundation was established in 1985 with the purpose of bringing together technology and people, as well as people and people, to create completely new value based on the theme of using technology to change the world.
Main activity areas
Bangladesh, Zambia
Number of staff members
9 full-time staff members, 4 part-time staff members
Annual operating budget
95.30 million yen in 2011
WEB site
BRAC University, Tokyo University Professor Sawada, SoLaBo (general incorporated foundation)
Main activities
Promoting improvement in living standards in developing countries, including solutions to hunger and malnutrition problems using spirulina. Also find solutions to the digital divide (information gaps) using new technologies, and promoting the expansion of Japanese private sector companies and educational institutions in developing countries. The foundation also conducts consulting on the issues above and is engaged in the development of global human resources.