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By Sector

In terms of sectoral allocations, Korea’s ODA has been primarily concentrated on social infrastructure and services. As of 2018, 30.3% of total aid was allocated to social infrastructure and services, while 40.2% went to economic infrastructure and services.

The government’s plan until 2020 is to boost aid to other sectors—including economic infrastructure and services, as well as the environment—in accordance with the direction of the SDGs. Also, the Korean government is to prioritize improving health and education in developing countries and supporting agricultural development.

Source: OECD Statistics
Bilateral ODA by Sector, 2009-2018 (Commitments, USD million)
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Bilateral ODA Commitments by Purpose (CRS) 1449.14 1809.59 1623.62 1752.99 2238.20 2378.33 2310.28 2458.14 2444.13 2847.03
SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE & SERVICES 406.91 905.81 696.03 768.33 1313.94 967.07 1117.69 1030.70 902.70 861.4
Education 141.36 324.41 199.16 127.53 337.06 228.76 260.29 366.69 222.07 364.22
Population & Reproductive Health 3.77 5.06 3.01 11.03 23.76 5.60 31.98 4.84 17.87 12.11
Water supply and sanitation 70.92 283.15 172.12 187.40 365.25 225.36 251.86 269.42 76.14 38.5
Government & Civil Society 25.87 153.73 143.64 228.42 241.81 167.58 175.83 114.83 166.75 120.58
others 13.55 8.15 19.25 26.29 39.13 47.15 125.44 40.26 32.15 45.25
ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES 876.63 610.35 597.45 488.26 563.27 812.93 760.22 871.44 969.79 1145.8
Transport and Communications 756.04 419.82 388.62 428.30 398.72 796.29 647.51 773.10 848.56 665.67
Energy 119.18 184.84 206.12 56.85 159.83 8.84 97.97 88.30 114.90 469.34
Banking & Financing Service 0.86 2.60 1.41 1.63 1.51 5.12 9.48 3.74 3.36 7.94
Business & Other Services 0.55 3.10 1.32 1.48 3.23 2.66 5.26 6.28 2.96 2.86
PRODUCTION SECTORS 58.51 100.43 159.01 291.16 142.22 255.99 141.02 145.33 224.85 408.18
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 38.98 91.70 128.80 268.73 115.99 219.20 98.20 90.70 178.88 303.63
Industry, mining and construction 17.08 6.56 21.96 15.74 16.51 24.63 32.02 49.75 31.05 91.66
Trade and tourism 2.46 2.18 8.23 6.69 9.72 12.16 10.81 4.87 14.92 12.87
MULTISECTOR 59.22 117.57 58.59 102.64 74.85 149.31 108.29 162.72 70.82 133.31
PROGRAMME ASSISTANCE 0.08 - 1.90 1.98 0.02 1.06 1.99 10.29 15.09 3.08
ACTION RELATING TO DEBT - 2.36 - - - - - - - -
HUMANITARIAN AID 14.39 20.71 21.22 16.63 36.83 72.91 44.20 67.25 88.17 115.44
UNALLOCATED/UNSPECIFIED 33.68 52.34 89.43 84.01 107.05 119.04 136.89 170.41 172.72 179.83
Source: Korea Exim Bank Statistics (2019)