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Korea has had close ties with Asian countries given its geographic proximity and cultural familiarity. This has been reflected in its concentration of aid allocation to Asia. For instance, Asia received the largest portion of bilateral ODA (approximately 53%) during the past ten years. As part of its commitment to join the global efforts for timely achievement of the MDGs, Korea has increased its allocations for Africa where Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPCs) are concentrated, with an emphasis on poverty alleviation and capacity building. The African partners received about 21% of bilateral ODA in the past ten years. Others including Central and South America, Middle East and CIS, and Oceania received 19% of bilateral ODA in the past ten years.

The concentration of bilateral ODA in Asian countries has decreased in last five years, and it was 46.3% in 2015. On the other hand, the amount and the proportion of bilateral ODA for Africa have steadily increased, and it comprises 23.9% in 2015.

Bilateral ODA by Region (2006-2015) (net disbursements, USD million, %)

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Asia 227.59 299.99 281.37 313.45 587.29 625.13 679.92 771.72 738.02 774.47
(60.5%) (61.2%) (52.2%) (53.9%) (65.2%) (63.2%) (57.5%) (58.9%) (52.9%) (52.7%)
America 25.88 54.7 68.69 55.84 64.46 64.39 76.2 96.48 109.08 114.06
(6.9%) (11.2%) (12.7%) (9.6%) (7.2%) (6.5%) (6.4%) (7.4%) (7.8%) (7.8%)
Europe 31.11 16.91 12.89 46.36 38.72 20.65 16.56 2.58 9.96 -4.42
(8.3%) (3.4%) (2.4%) (8.0%) (4.3%) (2.1%) (1.4%) (0.2%) (0.7%) -(0.3%)
Oceania 1.17 3.72 2.22 1.53 5.6 4.15 3.42 3.92 6.48 8.8
(0.3%) (0.8%) (0.4%) (0.3%) (0.6%) (0.4%) (0.3%) (0.3%) (0.5%) (0.6%)
Unallocated 42.48 45.05 69.99 68.91 64.68 96.89 146.06 163.16 199.51 217.11
(11.3%) (9.2%) (13.0%) (11.9%) (7.2%) (9.8%) (12.3%) (12.5%) (14.3%) (14.8%)
Total 376.06 490.54 539.22 581.1 900.63 989.57 1,183.17 1,309.58 1,395.77 1,468.79
(100.0%) (100.0%) (100.0%) (100.0%) (100.0%) (100.0%) (100.0%) (100.0%) (100.0%) (100.0%)

* Source: OECD, International Development Statistics Online DB


Bilateral ODA by Region(2006-2015)   (Net Disbursements, USD million)

Bilateral ODA by Region(2008-2014) Graph with Data above


Regional Aid Share Of Bilateral ODA(2015)   (Net Disbursements, %)

Regional Aid Share Of Bilateral ODA Pie Chart with Data above


Following the recommendations of the 2013 DAC Peer Review, Korea integrated the list of 24 priority partner countries common to both grants and loans. It is now concentrating over 70% of bilateral ODA to these countries for greater impact and effectiveness. The Country Partnership Strategy (CPS), a policy guideline for bilateral programming and projects for these partner countries, is currently under construction.

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