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Report: Youth for SDGs presentation at TICAD7

Updated Sep. 3, 2019
On August 27, 2019, a group of Global MBA students presented on the Youth for SDGs website (y4sdgs.com) at TICAD 7 hosted at the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center in Yokohama.

The Youth for SDGs project began in Prof. Mari Iizuka's 2018 Business and Society in the Global Context course with the goal of addressing sustainable development goals (SDGs) while strengthening the relationships between Japan and other countries around the world. Students created a video series highlighting SDG challenges in their home countries and proposals for how Japanese companies can assist in creating solutions. The project focuses on creating tangible, sustainable solutions to real problems through business rather than through charitable donations.

The presentation, which featured several specific examples of student proposals in addition to an overview of the project, was positively received with genuine interest by the audience.
The presentation format was as follows:
  • Summary and purpose of the project presented by Ashley Chaplin
  • "Don’t panic – Voice guided evacuation system for Kenya" presented by Patrick Githongo
  • "Education in Egypt" presented by Khaled Mohamed
  • "Argan oil in Morocco and renewable energy solutions for Morocco" presented by Maha El Khamlichi and Ismail Talibi
  • Conclusion and call for contributors by Ashley Chaplin

Audience members stated that they were impressed with the project, including Ms. Nwanne Vwede-Obahor, a representative from the United Nations Development Project (UNDP), who encouraged the students to continue with the project and to present it to policy makers and leaders in the countries concerned. The presenters received positive feedback and had active discussions with participants on the solutions presented and the applicability to other countries in Africa. The session also generated some interest in the business opportunities presented regarding Argan oil, as well as a potential company sponsorship.

This session was a great opportunity for students to network with influencers and people with a common interest in the relationship between Japan and Africa. The participants emphasized that they would like to encourage students from across Japan to visit y4sdgs.com and contribute their stories to the platform.

The project is sponsored by the Japan Global Compact Academic Network and co-sponsored by Doshisha Business School, with support from the Doshisha University Conscience Research Project, JICE and JICA, and showcased the SDGs video project by the Business and Society class of 2018, taught by Professor Iizuka.
On August 27, 2019, a group of Global MBA students presented on the Youth for SDGs website (y4sdgs.com) at TICAD 7 hosted at the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center in Yokohama.

The Youth for SDGs project began in Prof. Mari Iizuka's 2018 Business and Society in the Global Context course with the goal of addressing sustainable development goals (SDGs) while strengthening the relationships between Japan and other countries around the world. Students created a video series highlighting SDG challenges in their home countries and proposals for how Japanese companies can assist in creating solutions. The project focuses on creating tangible, sustainable solutions to real problems through business rather than through charitable donations.

The presentation, which featured several specific examples of student proposals in addition to an overview of the project, was positively received with genuine interest by the audience.
The presentation format was as follows:
  • Summary and purpose of the project presented by Ashley Chaplin
  • "Don’t panic – Voice guided evacuation system for Kenya" presented by Patrick Githongo
  • "Education in Egypt" presented by Khaled Mohamed
  • "Argan oil in Morocco and renewable energy solutions for Morocco" presented by Maha El Khamlichi and Ismail Talibi
  • Conclusion and call for contributors by Ashley Chaplin

Audience members stated that they were impressed with the project, including Ms. Nwanne Vwede-Obahor, a representative from the United Nations Development Project (UNDP), who encouraged the students to continue with the project and to present it to policy makers and leaders in the countries concerned. The presenters received positive feedback and had active discussions with participants on the solutions presented and the applicability to other countries in Africa. The session also generated some interest in the business opportunities presented regarding Argan oil, as well as a potential company sponsorship.

This session was a great opportunity for students to network with influencers and people with a common interest in the relationship between Japan and Africa. The participants emphasized that they would like to encourage students from across Japan to visit y4sdgs.com and contribute their stories to the platform.

The project is sponsored by the Japan Global Compact Academic Network and co-sponsored by Doshisha Business School, with support from the Doshisha University Conscience Research Project, JICE and JICA, and showcased the SDGs video project by the Business and Society class of 2018, taught by Professor Iizuka.