Dr. Takao Toda, Vice President for Human Security and Global Health, JICA
As the Vice President for Human Security and Global Health, Dr. Toda promotes strategic planning and implementation of JICA’s operations. Dr. Toda received Ph.D. at the Graduate School of International Development in Nagoya University in 2009, master’s degree at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences in the University of Tokyo in 2001, and LL.B at the Faculty of Law in Kyoto University in 1984. For more than three decades, he has been playing various key roles of strategizing and implementing Japan’s ODA, such as Group Director on Peace Building, Group Director on Human Security, Senior Fellow of JICA Research Center, Chief Representative of Bangladesh Office, Director General of Human Development Department. He has a wide range of knowledge and experience especially on the operationalization process of Human Security, which has been the core concept of Japan’s diplomatic policy of international cooperation.
There still exist strong and important misunderstandings on the meaning and the meaningfulness of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the context of global peace and prosperity. When social entrepreneurs think of possible contribution or relations by their business to UHC, it would make a great difference whether or not they are still trapped by these misunderstandings. In this opportunity, I would like to make clear the real value of UHC based on our empirical wisdoms and lessons learned on the history of Japan’s development as well as variety of attempts toward UHC by way of international/global cooperation.