Miss Yuko Misu

Supervised by

  • Katie Willis First/primary/lead supervisor


Personal profile

My PhD research investigates the process of development assistance in achieving self-help development of the aid recipients. In analysing the process, my research specifically looks at the typology of self-help development projects and the donor strategy and implementation, the interface between the exogenous development assistance and endogenous self-help activites of the aid beneficiaries in terms of concepts and actions, and the experiences of individual actors involved in the process of aid delivery on the ground.

Extensive field works have been conducted in Malawi during 2012 and 2013 to study the cases of One Village One Product (OVOP) project implemented by JICA Malawi and a comprehensive community development project implemented by a Japanese NGO. I spent in total of 8 months in Malawi, living in recipient's communities in rural Malawi as well as aid workers residence homes in order to understand the process from different aspects. Interviews and participant observation have been adopted as the main method of research.  

I have been pursuing my research in cooperation with the OVOP Malawi and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Malawi during my research upon winning the Study Tour Award 2012 organised by JICA UK. I have been contributing to JICA news letter article and presenting my work in international conferences.

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