• About Our International Cooperation Projects

About Our International Cooperation Projects

To contribute to the sound development of the international community, the KDDI Foundation promotes overseas human development, digital divide reduction projects, and educational and cultural support for developing countries.

Overseas Human Development

The reduction of the digital divide in the international community requires technology transfers to developing countries as well as human resource development in these countries. Based on requests from governmental agencies, international organs, private companies, and other organizations, the KDDI Foundation plans technology training sessions for engineering, operation, and management tasks related to information and communications, and it implements training sessions for people from developing countries. This long-running project originally dates back to 1957 when KDD (Kokusai Denshin Denwa Co., Ltd.) first accepted trainees from abroad, and the KDDI Foundation continues to engage in this project today as it nurtures human resources that will contribute to the economic growth of developing countries as an investment for the future.
(Reference) Number of overseas training attendees: Approximately 6,000 in 144 countries (1957 to 2020)

ICT-related Training

We engage in contract work to organize training courses hosted by the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) chiefly for Asian and Pacific countries.

Digital Divide Reduction Projects

With the significant progress in ICT, we can find a growing disparity in terms of both wealth and opportunities between those who can utilize ICT and those who cannot. To help reduce the international digital divide that has arisen in Asian and Pacific countries in particular, the KDDI Foundation plans and organizes a wide range of pilot projects in coordination with the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and local government agencies.


COVID-19 is rampant in Vietnam just like the rest of the world. The KDDI Foundation has been working in international joint research with APT to develop chatbot-based applications that allow COVID-19 patients to check for symptoms and that let the government conduct online surveys in coordination with the Vietnamese NAFOSTED Conference on Information and Computer Science (NICS) and the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC).


A research study on sending out disaster information was adopted by APT as a fiscal 2021 international joint research project for the practical implementation of an Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS) in rural areas of Mongolia. We are currently conducting research in coordination with the Ministry of Digital Development and Communications (MDDC) of Mongolia, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and the Japan Telecommunications Engineering and Consulting Service (JTEC).

Currently Ongoing Projects and Past Achievements

Educational and Cultural Support for Developing Countries

The KDDI Foundation provides educational support in Cambodia, Myanmar, and Nepal. It can take some time before educational support comes into fruition, though we seek to provide high-quality education to as many children as we can so as to contribute to the development of human resources that can carry their countries forward in the future. In Cambodia, we provide support for passing on techniques in a traditional performing art called Sbek Thom (a large-sized shadow puppet show). We also aim to provide assistance in coordination with school support activities so that children can gain a deeper understanding of their country's culture.


School Construction and KDDI School Activities

In cooperation with the NGO World Assistance for Cambodia (WAfC)*, we began providing educational support in Cambodia by constructing schools in rural areas for children who could not attend school because they lived too far from existing schools, as well as children who had to study in bare-bones classrooms made from roofs and pillars. These schools take the name "KDDI School" preceded by the name of the village that they are located in. In addition to providing compulsory education, each KDDI School delivers extra lessons on PCs and English with dispatched teachers. Our schools plan and provide music, art, and PE lessons on an irregular basis to help students cultivate aesthetic sensibilities.
* Our current partner is the NGO Assistance for Education in Rural Cambodia Organization (AERCO).

Small Art School

The Small Art School is a tuition-free art school for children that receives support from the KDDI Foundation. It was established in 2008 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the home of Angkor Wat. The Small Art School cooperates with us in artistic activities, such as delivering lectures at KDDI Schools, conducting a project to create a picture book after watching the traditional Cambodian performing art Sbek Thom, and holding workshops to create automatons. The Foundation's publications feature many artworks created by students of the Small Art School.

Support to Pass on Traditions in Sbek Thom (Large-Sized Shadow Puppet Show)

Sbek Thom is a large-sized shadow puppet show that has been performed in Siem Reap, the home of Angkor Wat. This traditional art is one of the UNESCO-designated intangible cultural heritages that represent Cambodia. In 2011, the KDDI Foundation started to support Ty Chean's Troupe, which aims to revitalize and preserve Sbek Thom as an art form that was once endangered in a civil war. The troupe holds workshops and outdoor performances for students at local KDDI Schools. In 2014, the KDDI Foundation donated a theater and rehearsal space to allow for practice and performance during the rainy season.


New Zero Art Village School

Our support for the New Zero Art Village School in PaneNaeGone Village, a suburb of Yangon, started by organizing art classes with contemporary artist Aye Ko. Our wish is for everyone young and old to become adept at self-expression, and so we allow both children and adult villagers to attend the classes. The school currently runs classes for English, PCs, music, and dance.


Robot Programming Education

In Lalitpur, Nepal, we provide a Robot Programming Education program to help improve attendees' abilities to think logically and solve problems while having fun.

Home Learning Support in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Most Nepalese public elementary and junior-high schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are engaging in initiatives for home learning support that utilizes tablets and workbooks in addition to textbooks so that children can continue to learn without Internet access at home.

Creation of Digital Content for Visually and Aurally Impaired Students

Estimates show that approximately 16% of the population in Nepal has some kind of visual or aural impairment. We are working to create digital content for visually and aurally impaired students by adding a text-to-speech function and sign-language translations to digital teaching materials.

Charity Concert Classic

We have held the charity concert classic every March since fiscal 2004.
All concert proceeds go toward educational support in Cambodia and Myanmar, and Nepal.
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Our Achievements in Overseas and Domestic Consulting