To make the nation’s official development assistance more efficient, the Foreign Ministry should take the lead by formulating a comprehensive rather than piecemeal approach to aid programs, an interim report released June 27 by a private panel says.

Japan’s development assistance programs are often mapped out based on the project and the type of assistance, for example, yen loans or grant-in-aid. But comprehensive country-by-country programs matched to the needs of recipient countries are crucial to Japan’s ODA program, the report said.

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