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Doctoral Student
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Japan
Date of Enrolment
April 1, 2014
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Biography
I have been working as practitioner, trainer and researcher in the areas of sustainable rural livelihoods, community development, climate change adaptation, human security and local capacity development. Previously I have worked with the United Nations University - Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), JICA/JOCV and research institutes mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa (Malawi, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ghana).
Research Title
Community-Level Capacity Assessment for Sustainable Development in Rural Africa
Reserch Keywords
Capacity assessment, Capacity development, Rural communities, Africa, Malawi, Ghana
Research Interests
Develop a capacity assessment framework that can measure levels of capacity, analyze linkages between local capacity and sustainable development, and identify capacity assets and capacity gaps at the community level for recommending feasible capacity development approaches and contributing to long-term sustainable development in rural Africa
Publications
Gyasi, Edwin. A., and Yasuko Kusakari. (2015). “Critical Needs of African Universities: A Shared African-Japanese Perspective”. African Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol 4 No. 3. pp. 51-72. [Peer-reviewed]

Kusakari, Yasuko, Kwabena Owusu Asubonteng, Godfred Jasaw, Frederick Dayour, Togbiga Dzivenu, Victor Lolig, Samuel Donkoh, Francis Obeng, Bizoola Gandaa, Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic. (2014). “Farmer-Perceived Effects of Climate Change on Livelihoods in Wa West District, Upper West Region of Ghana”. Journal of Disaster Research (JDR). Vol. 9 No. 4. pp. 516-528. Fuji Technology Press. [Peer-reviewed]

Lolig, V., S.A. Donkoh, F.K. Obeng, I.G.K. Ansah, G.S. Jasaw, Y. Kusakari, K.O. Asubonteng, B. Gandaa, F. Dayour, T. Dzivenu, G. Kranjac-Berisavljevic. (2014). “Households’ Coping Strategies in Drought- and Flood-Prone Communities in Northern Ghana”. Journal of Disaster Research (JDR) Vol.9 No.4. pp. 542-553 Fuji Technology Press. [Peer-reviewed]

Antwi, E.K., K. Otsuki, O. Saito, F.K. Obeng, K. Awere Gyekye, J. Boakye-Danquah, Y. Agyeman Boafo, Y. Kusakari, G.A.B. Yiran, A. Barima Owusu, K.O. Asubonteng, T. Dzivenu, V.K. Avornyo, F.K. Abagale, G.S. Jasaw, V. Lolig, S. Ganiyu, S.A. Donkoh, R.Yeboah, G. Kranjac-Berisavljevic, E.A. Gyasi, Z. Minia, E.T. Ayuk, H. Matsuda, H. Ishikawa, O. Ito, K. Takeuchi. (2014). “Developing a Community-Based Resilience Assessment Model with Reference to Northern Ghana”. Journal of Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM Journal) [Peer-reviewed]

Kusakari, Yasuko. (2013). “Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation in Upper West Region, Ghana”. Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS)/ International Development Research Centre (IDRC). RIPS Conference Proceedings. 2013 [Peer-reviewed]

草苅康子. (2013). 「多様性と調和の国、ガーナ」. 『地理月報』. 東京:二宮書店. [Kusakari, Yasuko. (2013). “Ghana: A Country of Diversity and Harmony”. in “Geography Monthly Bulletin”. Tokyo: Ninomiya-Shoten.]

UNU-INRA. (2012). “Human Security Tool Box”. Accra: Ghana [Led compilation of knowledge products under the Government of Ghana-United Nations Joint Human Security Programme in Northern Ghana]

草苅康子. (2011). 「サッカー熱—ブラック・スターズはガーナの夢と誇りと情熱」. 第15章. 高根務・山田肖子(編)『ガーナを知るための47章』. 東京:明石書店 [Kusakari, Yasuko. (2011). “Football: Black Stars are Dream, Pride and Passion of Ghana”. Chapter 15 in Takane, T. and S. Yamada (eds.). “47 chapters to learn about Ghana”. Tokyo: Akashi-Shoten.]

草苅康子. (2011).「ガーナと世界を結ぶシアバター—アフリカの大地の恵み・アフリカ女性の誇り」. コラム4. 高根務・山田肖子(編)『ガーナを知るための47章』. 東京:明石書店. [Kusakari, Yasuko. (2011). “Shea Butter linking Ghana and the World: Blessing of the Earth, Pride of African Women”. Column 4 in Takane, T. and S. Yamada (eds.). “47 chapters to learn about Ghana”. Tokyo: Akashi-Shoten.]

草苅康子. (2007).「フィールドエッセイ」. 第13回. 国連フォーラム [Kusakari, Yasuko. (2007). Field Essay on UN Forum website] http://www.unforum.org/field_essays/13.html

Kusakari, Yasuko. (2004). “Feasibility of Poverty Reduction through Local Capacity Development: Assessment of a Sustainable Livelihoods Programme in Rural Malawi”. Ithaca: Cornell University [Master’s thesis project paper]

Kusakari, Yasuko and Midori Yajima. (2001). “Resource Book for Rural Development in Malawi”. Lilongwe: JICA/JOCV
Presentations
Presentation on “Capacity Assessment Framework, Processes and Indicators: Lessons from a Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Project in Northern Ghana” at International Conference on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa in Tamale, Ghana, on 7 August 2014

講演「ポストMDGs: 持続可能性から考えるアフリカのこれから」(MPJユース企画における講演) 於:東京大学五月祭 2014年5月17日 [Speech on “Post MDGs: Future of Africa from Sustainability Perspectives” at Gogatsusai, The University of Tokyo, Hongo campus, Tokyo, Japan, on 17 May 2014]

北海道大学セミナー「国際協力に関わる!-JICA職員が語る実際の現場&国連職員から見たJICA」キーノートスピーチ・パネルディスカッション. 於:北海道大学国際本部 2014年2月6日 [Key note speech and panel discussion on “International Cooperation and JICA from UN staff perspectives” at Hokkaido University Seminar, Hokkaido University Office of International Affairs, Sapporo, Japan, on 2 February 2014]

Joint presentation on “Making Human Security ‘Context Specific’: Experiences and Learning from the GOG-UN Joint Human Security Programme in Northern Ghana” (by Yasuko Kusakari, Rukaya Mohammed, Ernest Asigri) during the Human Security Conference in Accra, Ghana, on 22-23 May 2013

Joint presentation on “Enhancing Human Security through Developing Local Capacity: Outcomes And Learning from the GOG-UN Joint Human Security Programme in Northern Ghana” (by Ernest Asigri, Yasuko Kusakari, Rukaya Mohammed) at the Human Security Conference in Accra, Ghana, on 22-23 May 2013

Presentation on “Shea Residue: Can Bio-Waste Enhance Livelihood?” at UNU-INRA Seminar in Accra, Ghana, on 17 April 2013

Presentation on “Mainstreaming and Advocating Human Security Concept in the Context of Northern Ghana: Learning from Empirical Research and Advocacy under a Human Security Program” at the Third Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS) in Ibadan, Nigeria, on 7-9 August 2012

Presentation on “Local Capacities to Harness Assets and Manage Vulnerabilities: Potentials for Overcoming Challenges in Northern Ghana” as a guest speaker at the University for Development Studies (UDS) First Graduate Conference at UDS Tamale, Ghana, on 16-17 July 2012

Presentation on “Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation in the Upper West Region of Ghana” at the Climate Change & Population Conference on Africa organized by the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) in Accra, Ghana, on 1-4 July 2012

Presentation on “Livelihood Opportunities and Strategies through Harnessing Natural Resources in Ghana” at the Professional and Vocational Training for Rotaract Club of Adentan in Accra, Ghana, on 8 March 2012

Presentation on “Impacts of Climate Change on Livelihoods and Wellbeing of Rural Communities in the Upper West Region of Ghana” at the SATREPS Joint Workshop in Accra, Ghana, on 2-3 December 2011

Joint presentation on “Critical Needs of African Universities: A Shared African-Japanese Perspective” with Prof. Edwin Gyasi at the Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) workshop in Tokyo, Japan, on 12-14 October 2011

アジア経済研究所開発スクール 社会開発論コース 特別講義「農村開発とサステイナブル・ライブリフッズ(持続可能な生計)」 2011年10月6日 [Guest lecturing on “Rural Development and Sustainable Livelihoods” for Master-level graduate students at the Institute of Developing Economies Advanced School (IDEAS) in Chiba, Japan, as part of the Social Development Course on 6 October 2011]

Poster presentation on “Local Capacities for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods: Assessment of Capacities and Livelihoods Outcomes in Northern Ghana” at Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches (SLA) Seminar at the Institute of Development Studies/ University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, on 26 January 2011

Guest lecturing on “My Experiences from Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in Arica: Towards Support of Local Stakeholders in Driving Their Own Development Processes” at a special session during the course of the Global Environmental Leaders (GEL) seminar of the Master’s programme (for Master’s students from various countries of Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania) at Nagoya University, Japan, on 18 November 2010

Presentation on “Capacity Assessment and Capacity Development: Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Project in Northern Ghana” at Joint Review Meeting in Tamale, Ghana, on 27 November 2008

国際開発学会「社会調査の品質向上」研究部会第18回研究会「短期専門家による社会調査~何が見えてくるのか、どんなフィードバックが可能なのか」(エリトリア「除隊兵士の社会復帰のための基礎訓練プロジェクト」JICA短期専門家として発表) 於:JICA東京国際センター 2006年1月7日 [Presentation on “Observations and Feedback through Social Research by Short-term Expert: Experiences from Project for Basic Training for Reintegration of Demobilized Soldiers in Eritrea” at the 18th Social Research Quality Improvement Study Forum of the Japan Society for International Development (JASID) in Tokyo, Japan, on 7 January 2006]

第71回アフリカセミナー「貧困削減とキャパシティ開発-マラウイ農村における生計プログラムの事例から-」発表 於:慶応大学三田キャンパス大学院棟 2005年2月26日 [Presentation on “Poverty Reduction and Capacity Development: A Livelihoods Programme in Rural Malawi” at the 71st Africa Seminar at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, on 26 February 2005]

Facilitated training sessions in the field of participatory rural development, poverty reduction, livelihoods improvement, project cycle management, and communication for JICA trainees from Africa, Asia and Latin America in 2004-2005

第95回「開発援助と人類学」勉強会「貧困削減とキャパシティ開発~マラウイ農村のSustainable Livelihoodsプログラムの事例から~」発表 於:国際協力銀行 2004年11月12日 [Presentation on “Poverty Reduction and Capacity Development: Case of a Sustainable Livelihoods Programme in Rural Malawi” at the 95th Study Forum of Development Aid and Anthropology in Tokyo, Japan, on 12 November 2004]

2002年度 農業分野NGO研究会事例発表「マラウイでの村落開発普及員の地域開発活動の実践から」 第1回・東京:参加型開発~参加の主体は誰なのか~[ 農業・農村開発NGO協議会(JANARD)主催] 於:東京YMCA集会室 2002年7月13日 [Presentation on “Case Study of Rural Development Facilitators towards Community Development in Malawi” at the 1st Agriculture and Rural Development Sector NGOs’ Study Forum in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, Japan, on 13 July 2002]

第79回開発援助と人類学勉強会「ローカル・フィールドワーカーの声と経験を反映させる冊子作りの過程:Resource Book for Rural Development in Malawi作成の経験から」発表. 2002年4月19日 [Presentation on “A Process of Reflecting Voices and Experiences of Local Field Workers: Experiences in Development of \'Resource Book for Rural Development in Malawi\'” at the 79th Study Forum of Development Aid and Anthropology in Tokyo, Japan, on 19 April 2002]

講演「アフリカの人々の暮らし~マラウイの農村におけるプライマリーヘルスケア」 国際医療福祉大学大学祭「風花祭」特別企画「発展途上国におけるプライマリーヘルスケアの実情(東アフリカ編)」 於:国際医療福祉大学(栃木県大田原市) 2001年10月20日 [Presentation on “Primary Health Care in Rural Africa: Case of Malawi” at International University of Health and Welfare, in Ōtawara city, Tochigi, Japan on 20 October 2001]

Lectures on “Social Research Methods” at Social Welfare Upgrading Course at Magomero Community Development College, Magomero, Malawi in February-September 1999
Awards
8/2002-8/2004 Long-term Training Overseas Fellowship – 2-year graduate study in the US [by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)]

7/2003-9/2003 International Research Travel Grant – 2-month field research in Malawi [by Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies of Cornell University]