JFIT Programme Implementation

The programme planning and implementation will be based on a 6-year rolling Strategic Plan (to be adjusted after 2 years, in harmony with the C5), annual workplans, and annual activity reports. Although the present strategic plan presents new directions for the UNESCO-JFIT programme, it was agreed that no abrupt changes will be made to ongoing successful initiatives currently funded under this JFIT programme. As from 2009, however, the programme will foresee changes in terms of developing larger (and possibly longer) and preferably inter-sectoral initiatives along the strategy outlined.

Considering the size of the budget, a regular “call for proposals”, is not considered to be cost-effective, and carries an additional risk of dilution of effort. Project proposals will be prepared by UNESCO Office Jakarta, in its function as the Asia and the Pacific Regional bureau for Science and submitted via ERC/CFS to Japan. In the preparation of proposals UNESCO Office, Jakarta, will proactively seek inputs from UNESCO field offices in the region, UNESCO/IOC-WESTPAC, beneficiary countries and other partners, including Cat II Regional Centres, ICSU, Universities and Research Centres, and Japanese partners. The overall direction and focus of the programme and its projects will be discussed during Annual Review meetings, with participation of representatives from MEXT, UNESCO Jakarta and UNESCO HQ/ERC, and possibly other partners, if deemed necessary.