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NGOs are essential partners of development cooperation not only for their field experiences and grass-root approaches but also for their thematic expertise. Recognizing complementary relationship between Korean government and NGOs in international development cooperation, the government encourages NGOs’ participation in its ODA policy making and delivery.

Korean government has co-financed the NGOs’ overseas development programs through KOICA since 1995. According to the Strategic Plan, the government will scale up the volume of funding to CSOs including NGOs by 2015 about ten times larger than that of 2010. In this context, the budget has been grown from 6 million USD to 10 million USD and the number of supported programs has been increased from about 30 to 80 in 2012 compared to 2010. The supported programs are jointly monitored and evaluated by the NGOs and KOICA together in the field and in the headquarters to promote result-based management and to enhance accountability.

The representatives of NGOs also play important role in ODA policy and strategy making by participating in the CIDC, the Working Committee for the CIDC, and the Sub-committee for Evaluation. The high-level officers of the Prime Minister’s Office held meeting with NGOs to share important information and gather opinions on significant issues. Strengthening partnership with NGOs is also highlighted one of the key outreach activities in ODA policy for greater transparency and effectiveness.

Given the fact that Korea NGOs’ history in international development is relatively short compared to that OECD/DAC members, the government also emphasizes capacity building of NGOs. It helps practitioners in NGOs to take diverse capacity building activities through KOICA or NGOs specialized in development cooperation education.

Case of partnership with NGOs

  • Partnership with NGOs
  • Rehabilitation and Social Integration Program for the Disabled Poor in Hanoi, Vietnam (2010-2012), launched with Global Civic Sharing
  • - The program aims to provide rehabilitation service for the disabled poor in Vietnam and improve their quality of life. Through rehabilitation programs, which are tailored for different learning abilities, the Korean government promoted their integration into society.
  • - In addition, the early diagnosis of disability helps prevention and provides information to parents on educating the disabled children. KOICA budget was used to meet 65% of the total expenditure. KOICA also joined in identifying, monitoring and evaluating process of the CSO’s project.
  • Partnership with NGOs in overseas emergency relief
  • - In 2012, based on the Plan for the Advancement of Overseas Emergency Relief the Korean government selected 8 private organizations with capacities and experiences in overseas disaster relief and plans to provide them with financial assistance so that they can work together in consultation with the government in the event of overseas disaster.

For more details of NGOs’ supporting program, please contact Civil Society Cooperation Office (Tel.: +82-31-740-0253~0259) of KOICA.