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Korean report analyzes donors' financial exit strategies from middle-income recipient countries

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has published a report that reviews donor countries’ financial exit strategies from middle-income countries. The report includes case studies on the US in Panama and the UK in Vietnam.

The authors stressed the need for foreign assistance to create policy synergy with the recipient states. As KOICA provides considerable support to middle-income countries in Asia and Latin America, KOICA considers it necessary to accelerate discussions on long-term ODA transfers and strategies for the tapering off financial support, including innovative financing for development, blended finance, and other possible measures.

Report – KOICA (in Korean)

South Korea

South Korea strengthens ties with ASEAN member states

The foreign minister of South Korea met with representatives of ASEAN member states including Brunei, Laos, and Thailand to discuss expanding partnerships. All participants agreed that South Korea’s increase in development cooperation to ASEAN member states has been substantially helpful for the sustainable development of the region. Support for the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, participation in ASEAN Smart Cities Network, and support to small-medium enterprises in ASEAN countries were highlighted as beneficial initiatives. 

South Korea and Laos have agreed to continue cooperation in areas of water resource control, agriculture and rural development, and health and medical care. The South Korean government will hold the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit and the 1st Mekong-ROK Summit in November this year and will consult closely with ASEAN to generate tangible outcomes and build sustainable partnership mechanism along the way.

Press release – MOFA (in Korean)

South Korea assists Honduras in fighting deadly dengue fever outbreak

South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has agreed to provide US$0.1 million to Honduras in cash to help the country respond to the recent dengue fever epidemic. Provided in cash, the contribution will be channeled through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to combat the rapid spread of the virus within the country and possibly to neighboring countries.

Honduras declared the outbreak a state of health emergency across 12 departments. As of July 29, 2019, 58 were dead from the epidemic, with an another 35,000 known to be infected.

Press release – MOFA

South Korea Global health

South Korea publishes informational book on international development cooperation

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has published another book to raise public awareness and understanding of international development cooperation. The book covers twelve central topics in the field, including poverty and inequality, inclusive growth and employment, fragile states and migration, development finance and science, technology and innovation, energy, and urbanization. The books provide definitions, historical context, current status reports, and new approaches and prospects on every topic. KOICA has been publishing informational books for the public since 2008.

Press release – KOICA (in Korean)

South Korea

South Korea and Peru partner up to enhance South-South cooperation

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Peruvian Agency of International Cooperation (APCI) signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen South-South cooperation, which Peru has been pursuing with neighboring countries including Ecuador.

This partnership is expected to generate best practices for triangular cooperation in the areas of preventing natural disasters and responding to climate change, which are topics of great interest for Peru. It will also contribute to the enhancement of Peru’s capacity for and preparedness in its transition to a develpment assistance donor.

Press release – KOICA (in Korean)

South Korea

South Korea discusses 2020 action plan for official development assistance

South Korea's Committee for International Development Cooperation (CIDC) held its second meeting of 2019 in July. The CIDC announced a tentative outline of the 2020 Action Plan on South Korea’s foreign aid.

Major items include increasing ODA budget, humanitarian assistance, and untied aid; enhancing partnerships with international organizations; promoting systematic multilateral cooperation; and harmonizing development strategies with the New Southern and New Northern Policies of the government. The ODA budget for 2020 is expected to be around US$3 billion which is a 12.5% increase from 2019. The CIDC also discussed the revised version of the humanitarian assistance strategy, originally developed in March 2015.

Meeting background documents – ODA Korea (in Korean)

South Korea

South Korea to assist Pakistan in combating HIV outbreak

South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide Pakistan with humanitarian assistance of US$100,000 in response to the rapid spread of the recent HIV outbreak. Provided in cash, the funding will be allocated via the WHO to help the victims, 82% of whom are young children.

Press release – MOFA

South Korea Global health

South Korea and UNICEF talk women's and children's health at policy consultation

South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs held an annual policy consultation meeting with UNICEF to discuss areas of cooperation to enhance the human rights of women and children worldwide. They discussed South Korea’s role in the UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited initiative, a partnership to implement South Korea’s Action with Women and Peace initiative, and humanitarian assistance to North Korea to improve North Korean children’s health and nutrition.

Press release – MOFA (in Korean)

South Korea and African Union agree to strengthen partnership on trade, peace, and security

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa of South Korea has expressed South Korea’s commitment to strengthening its partnership with Africa on trade, peace, security, commerce, and youth exchange.

During her visits to Ethiopia, Ghana, and South Africa, Kang met with representatives of the African Union and praised the role of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement in promoting sustainable economic growth and fair and free trade. She also expressed strong support to the Silencing the Guns by 2020 initiative that supports efforts towards democratic elections and social inclusion.

Alongside African Union representatives, Kang signed two memoranda on youth exchange programs and on the African Union Peace Fund. The parties also discussed the 2021 Korea-Africa Forum in Seoul, each reaffirming their commitment to the Action with Women and Peace initiative, and Korean president Moon Jae-in’s peace process on the Korean peninsula. The leaders agreed to continue engaging in work to further strengthen existing economic cooperation.

Press release – MOFA (Korean)

South Korea

Led by South Korea, UNHRC adopts resolution on technologies' impact on human rights

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution on 'new and emerging digital technologies and human rights' that was raised for discussion, and originally adopted, by South Korea.

The resolution, which received great support from major member states of the HRC, was one of the first to address the impact of technologies, including AI and big data, on human rights. The process for the resolution's passage involved the participation of a wide range of experts and stakeholders, including representatives from the private sector. The UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee will submit a report on the effects of these technologies on the promotion and protection of human rights to the Human Rights Council in June of 2021.

Press release – MOFA (in Korean)

South Korea