Ippei Tsuruga

Thematic Expertise
Poverty; Vulnerability; Social Protection; Child Labour

Geographic Expertise
Cambodia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South East Asia, Sub Saharan Africa

Ippei Tsuruga is a development practitioner at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He has extensive experience and knowledge in poverty, social protection and its instrument in developing countries. After obtaining a master degree in Poverty and Development (Economics) from the Institute of Development Studies, England, he worked for the International Labour Organisation in Cambodia on the development of national social protection strategy in relation to child labour. When moving to JICA, his role has been expanded greatly as a country assistance portfolio manager for Kenya, Somalia and Nigeria; and an advisor particularly on social protection and cash transfers.

2009 MA in Poverty & Development, Institute of Development Studies at University of Sussex, UK
2008 BA in Law, Kagawa University, Japan

Professional Experience
2013 – Deputy Assistant Director, JICA Research Institute
2012 – 2013 Research Officer, JICA Research Institute
2010 – 2012 Country Officer, JICA Africa Department
2010 Representative, JICA Kenya Office
2009 – 2010 Assistant Programme Officer (Intern), ILO-IPEC Cambodia
2005 – 2008 Development Officer (Intern), Second Hand Japan (NGO)

Selected Publications
Fujita et al. (2013) Policy Challenges for Infrastructure Development in Africa – The Way Forward for Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). In: JICA ed. For Inclusive and Dynamic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
JICA (2012) Sector Review on Health and Social Protection in Kenya.
JICA (2011) JICA Country Analysis Paper for Kenya (Country Assistance Strategy).
ILO IPEC (2010) The Role of a National Social Protection Strategy in Augmenting Human Capital through Promoting Education, Reducing Child Labour and Eliminating its Worst Forms in Cambodia.
Tsuruga (2009) Social Protection and Chronic Poverty in Cambodia: What types of Social Protection interventions reduce chronic poverty?
Tsuruga (2009) How can we explain the variations between countries in the impact of economic growth on poverty reduction?.
Tsuruga (2008) Practising human security as aid. Research for Development and Peace, vol. 5, pp.33-46, Ishii Seminar.

Full Curriculum Vitae
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