Sawako has worked in international cooperation sector for over 20 years starting from governmental function (Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japanese Delegation to OECD ) to a NGO network, Japan NGO Centre for International Cooperation (JANIC). She has been working on NGO accountability since 2008, by developing and providing “Accountability Self Check (ASC)”, an accountability assessment and capacity building tool provided by JANIC now used by over 100 Japanese NGOs. After Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, been promoting Quality and Accountability initiatives in Japan with humanitarian actors.
Took leading role in setting up Quality and Accountability Network in Japan (JQAN) in July 2015 and serve as Secretary General. She also participates in various social activities from educational support to immigrant children to social startup. She has a B.A. in Humanities (Journalism), Sophia University, Tokyo and MSc in Management of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London.
I am a Director of the Board and the Chair of the Subsidy Fund Management Committee and joined HQAI 2015.
I have been engaged in encouraging Japanese nonprofit sector to raise it's accountability over decade. After experiencing 2011 Great Japan Earthquake, the sector realised the need to work harder on quality aspect, by incorporating humanitarian principles and rights-based approach. As I take part in training and discussion on Q&A at global level, the more I got interested in the certification as a useful and practical means to ensure quality service to people to live with dignity.
HQAI is unique that it provides opportunity to all organisations that wishes to champion as a qualified and accountable humanitarian and development responder, no matter where they are based or the scale they operate.