Sawako Matsuo

Matsuo Sawako

Sawako Matsuo

President, Subsidy Fund Management Committee



Sawako Matsuo 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, Sawako Matsuo has been promoting Quality and Accountability initiatives in Japan together with humanitarian actors. She took a leading role in setting up Quality and Accountability Network in Japan (JQAN) in July 2015 and serves as Secretary General. She also participates in various social activities from educational support to immigrant children to social startup.

Sawako Matsuo has 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.

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