Kazumi Noguchi received her doctorate in international development from the Graduate School of International Social Sciences at Yokohama National University in Japan. She is currently an Associate Professor, teaching mainly international cooperation studies, at the Department of Kobe Global-Local Studies, Faculty of Literature, at Kobe Women’s University.  Noguchi has been researching the roles played by philanthropic organizations in international development policy, focusing on the HIV/AIDS prevention programs.  Prior to joining the Kobe Women’s University, she worked at the Tokyo Office of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.  Her published works discuss the effect that American philanthropic organizations have on the Japanese public health development and on the Japanese cultural exchange development in the post-WWII.  

Project Summary

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are approaching their 2015 deadline, and based on the progress chart prepared by the UN in 2013, while some of these goals have been achieved or are close to being achieved, there is still a need for improvement to reach most of the goals and in some cases the conditions have even deteriorated.  Among the MDGs, public health issues are given high priority and three of the eight MDGs are directly related to public health, including HIV/AIDS prevention, maternal health, and infant mortality.

In recent years, the potential for public-private partnerships (PPPs) to help address the MDGs has gained growing attention. This project will focus on the roles played by philanthropic organizations and their collaboration with governments and international organizations. The objective of the project is to examine how these US philanthropic organizations are influencing US international development policies through their collaboration with governments and international organizations. This project will help shed light on what types of relationships between the government and philanthropic organizations will be most effective for providing international public goods such as public health.