South Korea contributes US$6 million to UNICEF to support vulnerable children in Jordan

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has announced a new US$6 million grant to UNICEF aimed at helping vulnerable children in Jordan access quality health, education, and protection. It comes as part of South Korea’s ‘Better Life for Girls’ global initiative. The initiative aims at directly supporting nearly 130,000 vulnerable girls and boys in Jordan over a four-year period, between 2017 and 2020.

News report - Reliefweb


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South Korea gives US$1 million in humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia

South Korea has announced US$1 million in humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia. Of the total, US$400,000 will go to the UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2017 and US$500,000 to the Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The remaining US$100,000 will go to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assist Ethiopian returnees from Saudi Arabia.

News report – Journal du Cameroun

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South Korea publishes ODA white paper

The South Korean government has published its second white paper on ODA. The first such paper was published in 2014 and is available in English hereThe most recent white paper evaluates South Korea’s transition from recipient to donor country and outlines the ODA policy of the new government.

At this point the white paper is only available in Korean.  

Press release - Prime Minster's Office (in Korean)

2017 White paper on ODA (in Korean)

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South Korea gives drought relief to Sri Lanka

Currently, more than half of Sri Lanka is severely affected by drought. In response, South Korea has provided a humanitarian assistance package to the country for drought relief, including eight mobile water tanks, which were handed over by a South Korean parliamentary delegation to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on July 28, 2017.

News article - Times Online

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South Korea begins consultation for infrastructure support in India

In 2015, the South Korean government decided to grant India financial support totalling US$10 billion for infrastructure development. The South Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) has begun working-level consultations with India's Ministry of Finance to determine cooperation projects under this financial package. South Korea will also work to provide India with its know-how in joint research on infrastructure development.

News article - Business Korea

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South Korea to strengthen cooperation with EBRD

Deputy Prime Minister Kim Dong-yeon met with the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Sir Suma Chakrabarti, to reiterate South Korea’s support to EBRD initiatives, such as its emphasis on fostering inclusive market economies and the Green Economy Transition approach. In order to assist South Korean companies and financial institutions to participate in EBRD projects, Kim agreed to establish an EBRD representative office for business development. Kim and Chakrabarti also agreed to cooperate closely on issues concerning climate change, including the Green Climate Fund.

Press release - Ministry of Strategy and Finance

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South Korea to support education for out-of-school girls in the Philippines

KOICA, Korea’s international development agency, will invest US$6 million in the ‘Better Life for Out-of-School Girls to Fight Against Poverty and Injustice in the Philippines’ project. Jointly launched by KOICA, UNESCO, and the Philippines’ Department of Education, the project aims toimprove the quality of life for poor girls no longer enrolled in formal schooling. Through the establishment of a 'Girls Education Centre', it will invest in resources to improve their education levels and increase their passing rates on accreditation tests, such as the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test

News article - PTV News

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South Korea to support Ghana’s national project CHPS+

KOICA, Korea’s agency for international cooperation, will partner with the Ghana Health Service on a five-year (2016-2020) national project to improve community-based primary health care through the scale-up of the project, Community-Based Health Planning and Services Strengthening (CHPS+). At a cost of US$9 million, the project will be implemented in 120 zones of all 13 districts in Ghana’s upper-east region. It aims to improve the quality of maternal, neonatal, and child health services at health facilities, strengthen the health system by enhancing supervision and governance, improve digital health information systems, and establish sustainable emergency referral processes.

News article - News Ghana 

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South Korea to build cultural heritage management system for Peru

KOICA, Korea’s agency for international cooperation, will provide US$8 million and technical assistance to Peru to set up a system to better manage its 130 national cultural heritage sites. Peru had asked Korea to help launch the system in 2013, after which KOICA and Korean experts conducted extensive field surveys to determine the type of system necessary. The Peruvian government recently enacted a law requiring all national cultural assets to be registered in the system that South Korea is set to establish.

News article - Yohap News Agency

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South Korea pledges US$10 million to World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative

South Korea will provide US$10 million to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), a  new World Bank-managed fund focused on creating jobs for women in developing countries that was launched at the G20 in Hamburg, Germany. So far nine countries have pledged US$260 million in total to We-Fi.

News report – Yonhap News Agency  

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