May 29, 2009

Sylff Fellows in Action: Research Projects and Social Actions on Global Concerns Undertaken by Sylff Fellows.

The Tokyo Foundation supported 3 research projects and 1 social action project under the Joint Initiatives Program, which address contemporary issues of social relevance from trans-disciplinary perspectives and are conducted by graduated Sylff fellows around the world. We are happy to present their final reports.


Human Rights-Based Approach to Disability and Health in Development Cooperation: Perspectives from the South.

By Hisayo Katsui and Richard Wamai (University of Helsinki's Sylff fellows)

This is a research project examining the operationalisation of development cooperation in health and disability through the perspectives and context of the Southern stakeholders. The team members conducted some case studies in East Africa and applied the human rights-based approach as the best analytical tool for the case studies with a special focus on the principle of self-determination of aid recipients.

Click here for the final report (pdf)


World Heritage, Regional Integration and Local Livelihoods: Tourism, Development, and Sustainability in Mainland Southeast Asia.

By Coleen Fox and Nicholas Kohler (University of Oregon's Sylff fellows)

This project examines the influence of World Heritage sites vis-à-vis regional development, local landscapes, and transnational connections, particularly through the development of tourism, with case studies conducted in Cambodia, Thailand, and Lao PDR.

Click here for the final report (pdf)


An Investigation and Research of Traditional Houses in Gansu, China.

Xiaojun Tang and Yingchun Wei (Lanzhou University’s Sylff fellows)

This project is a comprehensive study on architecture and history of six types traditional houses in Gansu province, built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties and the Republic of China (1911-1949). They examined the current conditions of the houses and proposed methods of constructive conservation of the traditional houses.

Click here for the final report (pdf)


Youth Entrepreneurial and Life Skills Workshop in Mongolia and India.

By Prathima Rodrigues (Columbia University's Sylff fellow) and Badamjav Batsukh (Academy of Management, Mongolia's Sylff fellow)

The aim of this project was to develop an innovative entrepreneurial workshop curriculum which targets students, between the ages of 7 and 14, to obtain practical life skills and traits associated with entrepreneurship. These curriculum was taught as pilot projects in Mongolia and India which can be applied to other countries and different age groups. By teaching the young children, the team intended to increase their potential to succeed in ventures including, but not limited to, small and medium scale enterprises and equip them with a diverse set of competencies that they can use in any professional or personal setting.

Click here for the final report (pdf)