IDYF 2018 Program Overview


 

Official Event Name International Development Youth Forum2018
Term Sunday 11th March 2018 - Sunday 18th March 2018
Place Youth Education National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo
Eligible Age Around 18-28 years old
Language English
Country of Origin Any nationalities are eligible for IDYF2018
Participation Fee

36,000 JPY (covering Foods and Dormitory during the forum/NOT Including the sightseeing fee)

Theme for IDYF2018


What IDYF 2018 Aspires to Achieve

 

 

“How should we co-exist with ICT? Does ICT lead to peril or prosperity?”

 

     IDYF 2018 addresses the issues of co-existence between human and technology, under our philosophy of “Design Our Future.” We cannot live without technology in the contemporary world. Technology are everywhere - medical care, healthcare and welfare, manufacturing, transportation, communications, education, commerce, governance - every corner of the society. The use and prevalence of technology has greatly enhanced quality of life and continuously made life comfortable for us to lead.

     On the other hand, there are some gloomy statements such as “Machines are robbing human being of their job” or “AI or Robots have riots and rebel against humans and our civilisation will comes to an end.” This indicates that we might need to hold a doubt about the absolute utility of technology.

     IDYF 2018 offers a dedicated place for youth, regardless of the place of birth or domicile, to absorb themselves in an intense and exciting discussions. We guarantee that such an experience is enlightening and inspiring, shaping the participants into the leaders in the next generations.

 

 Discussion Theme for IDYF 2018

 

“How could the use/advancement of ICT contribute to achieving inclusiveness within society?” 

 

     Nowadays, the world is said to be entering the era of “The 4th Industrial Revolution (IR)” following three precursors - namely, the 1st IR relying on steam, the 2nd IR relying on electricity and the 3rd IR relying on technology, respectively. The 4th IR which we are currently witnessing might be hard to capture as a whole, builds on the 3rd one but still is distinct and different from even its direct predecessor in that it integrates and fuses a variety of technology, bridging all different sectors and subjects together. More notably, it blurs the borders between physical, psychological, material, digital and biological spheres.

     This urges us to rethink, redefine and reconfigure virtually every aspect of our lives: we might have passed the point of return in the advancement and dependence on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) since it has permeated into all strata of global society, hardly felt in some places but thoroughly impactful in others. There is no better time for youth to discuss (1) where we are in the middle of such a wide-ranging radical change; and (2) whether we should follow in the current trajectory or redirect it, or even switch to an entirely new track.

 

Case Studies 

 

1. Introducing ICT into working style reform in Japan  

 

     The Japanese government has notoriously struggled with answering its country-specific issue of excessively long working hours and overwork. In recent years, a growing number of overwork-related deaths have further raised serious concerns over Work-Life Balance  in Japan, which also includes limited access to labour market for women, and an increased rate of unplanned leave due to elderly care for men. Japan has been making progress towards the enforcement of a policy aiming to reform the existing working culture, to be fully implemented in 2018. Nonetheless, the subject is far from being simply answered by policies, and necessitates further actions in civil society and by private companies.  

      Meanwhile, a healthy work-life balance, which seems far of reach for many Japanese employees, is being promoted by the birth of AI and adoption of the “telework,” both of which enable people to work regardless of time and place. Another virtue of this is that it has brought forward a new evaluation system regarding work environment, which is based on productivity, and not on the total amount of working hours. However, the possibility of ICT use for the sake of a healthier working ethos has only been discussed and carried out by a small number of people. In order to unleash the capability of ICT and exhaust its best sides such as flexibility, the relevant debate should more frequently and widely be discussed by the general public. During the forum, we will encourage participants to reconsider how to utilize IT in the labor market, and discuss solutions based on IT technology against policies and work environments that are interfering with work-life balance.  

 

 

2. ICT application into Agriculture in Vietnam

 

     Agri-Informatics, a system offering appropriate advice for agricultural production through data analysis, has caught a great deal of attention for its ability to contribute to effective production, cost reduction, professional management, human resource development, and reliability. In Vietnam, the effort to extend the benefits of ICT into rural areas has been conducted based on the 2010 scheme to make Vietnam a country strong in information and communication technologies by 2020. Following the Japan-Vietnam Joint Statement regarding ICT cooperation in 2014, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has fostered Agri- Informatics in Vietnam. To study this subject, participants would be required to analyze this work regarding ICT from many perspectives and think about what kinds of development would be fundamental for further improvement in the field.

 

 

3. Role of ICT in post-conflict reconciliation in Colombia

 

     Colombia has been struggling with a civil armed conflict since the early 1960s, and only recently coming to a halt. Two guerrilla groups, the FARCs and ELN,  have been actively challenging the government while terrorising the population, running large drug cartels as well as human trafficking networks. Now that the Colombian government has concluded a ceasefire agreement with both factions, it has officially embarked on the long road of reconciliation and development. The Colombian ICT Minister considers that ICT could facilitate the creation of an inclusive society and enhance civil participation and democratisation, thereby accelerating the peacebuilding process. The Colombian national policy “Vive Digital 2018” has four pillars: improving work style; job creation; supporting entrepreneurs; and transforming urban and rural areas. Although successful in some respects, senior citizens and persons with disabilities still encounter greater difficulties benefitting from such programs. Furthermore, despite the national and international initiatives, the youth unemployment rate towers at 17% in Colombia.

     The nexus of this case study seems to be whether a zeal for ICT use and promotion in Colombia also addresses the issues of digital divide, youth unemployment, and post-conflict reconciliation. Participants should examine whether the use of ICT is a viable solution to the problems which Colombia has or whether it only meddles the situation, overlooking the various existing and potential gaps within Colombian society.

Detailed Plan for Activities (TBD, below is the 2017 ver.)


*The program schedule is subject to change 

Program Contents (TBD, below is the 2017 ver.)


1. Issue Analysis

 

In IDYF2017, our aim is to shape shared value of ‘development’ through discussion of our theme: “Corporation and Development”. In order to achieve our aim, we will analyze the structure of problems and identify the fundamental factor that induces the serious situations in three chosen case studies.

For an effective analysis, not only local expert knowledge but also different viewpoints are necessary. The diversity of backgrounds of IDYF participants from all over the world, who are selected by a very competitive selection process in December 2016, would definitely be appreciated throughout this analysis process.

 

2. Inputs from Experts

 

In order to seek highly effective and feasible solutions, participants will need clear understanding of the problems by acquiring appropriate and refined information.

In IDYF 2017, we plan to set up lecture or interview opportunities to offer the chances to hear from experts on the problem or solution, so as to gather high-quality information. Participants can learn from the time in which Japan went through the hardships of industrial pollutions and how the country improved the situations.

 

3. Group Discussion

 

After the analysis of the selected case studies and inputs of high-quality informations by the experts, there will be a discussion session by each group to plan their own solution. During this group work, participants may develop different views on previous analysis or information, or get clues from existing solutions. Animated and constructive discussion based on diversified backgrounds will be important.

 

4. Presentation & Feedback

 

After one week of intense sessions, there will be an opportunity to do presentations as the outcome of our forum for the public audience. We will invite experts from a wide variety of fields to the presentation and seek for advice on your solutions. On the next day of the presentation, we will give you time for the participants to improve their solutions, based on the given feedback.

 

 

 

What Makes IDYF Special?

 

 

1. Incredible Diversity

 

In IDYF2015, there were 4500 applicants  from approximately 162 developed or developing countries around the globe, and 44 successful youth from 34 countries participated. In the following year, we had 7 participants from Pekalongan region, Indonesia, where the case study of the year took place, and 35 other participants from about 27 countries who were chosen participated. People had different occupations such as university students, doctors, United Nation workers, technicians, journalists, or high school students. Youngsters who play various roles in different fields were able to work together and discuss the issues in international development. IDYF appreciates its participants’ great diversity.

 

2. An International Forum of Youth, by Youth, for Youth

 

Another unique part of IDYF is that it is an international forum of youth, by youth, for youth. This is the best environment for the young participants to think of new and original ideas. Also, not only the results of the forum, but also the process itself contains values and experiences that participants can take home.

 

3.Discussion based on Rich Information from the Field.

 

Even though IDYF is an international forum for the next generation, we do not believe that it should end there at the end of one week’s forum by thinking about the ideal future of our society. When we face the reality, it is when we see the future. Therefore, at IDYF2017, we will spend greater time for interviews and feedback from professionals of the development field and encourage discussions with more details, statistics and information.

 

4.Support from Experts

 

Every year at IDYF, we have professionals from the international development field to give us lectures, and feedback. They also are the judges for the final presentation. Thanks to these kind supports, participants will be able to learn the forefronts and think deeply about international developments.