APPENDIX 1. BRAND NAME OF THE KOICA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
APPENDIX 2. HOW TO JOIN THE KOICA COMMUNITY
APPENDIX 3. HOW TO GET TO THE ICC
KOICA & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Korea International Cooperation Agency was founded as a government agency on April 1, 1991, to maximize the effectiveness of Korea’s grant aid programs for developing countries by implementing the government’s grant aid and technical cooperation programs.
In the past, development cooperation efforts were focused on meeting the Basic Human Needs (BHNs) of developing countries and on fostering their Human Resources Development (HRD).
However, the focus has now shifted to promoting sustainable development, strengthening partnerships with developing partners, and enhancing the local ownership of beneficiaries.
Additionally, global concerns such as the environment, poverty reduction, gender mainstreaming, and population have gained significant importance among donor countries.
Due to the continuously changing trends in development assistance efforts and practices, KOICA is striving to adapt to these changes by using its limited financial resources effectively on areas where Korea has a comparative advantage.
In particular, since Korea has the unique experience of developing from one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the most economically advanced, this knowhow is an invaluable asset that helps KOICA to efficiently support the sustainable socio-economic development of its partner countries.
Korea’s ODA Framework Official Development Assistance (ODA) is composed of grants or concessional loans, which are provided to developing countries with the purpose of promoting economic development and welfare.
Korea’s ODA is classified into three areas: 1) bilateral aid (grant aid & technical cooperation), 2) bilateral loans, and 3) financial subscriptions and contributions to international organizations (multilateral).
Bilateral aid is comprised of technical cooperation and various types of transfer (made in cash, goods or services) with no obligation for repayment, and is implemented by KOICA under the authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Korea. Bilateral loans are provided on concessional terms under the name of the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF), implemented by the Export-Import Bank of Korea under the Ministry of Strategy and Finance. Multilateral assistance is delivered either as financial subscriptions or contributions to international organizations.
Korea's Experience and KOICA's Program for Human Resources Development Human Resource Development (HRD) has been the most important factor in Korea's escape from the vicious cycle of poverty and underdevelopment that had existed for many decades. With scant natural resources, HRD played a vital role in modern Korea's development. Clearly, Korea has emerged as an exemplary showcase of national development powered by human resources development.
From its own development experience, Korea came to fully recognize the significance of HRD, specifically in regards to Korea's collaboration with other developing countries. With much experience and know-how in HRD, Korea can contribute greatly to the international community by sharing its unique development experience with other nations.
Since its establishment in 1991, KOICA has supported a variety of international cooperation programs for HRD, mainly in project-type aid form focusing on education and vocational training with a focus in building a foundation for HRD.
The training and expertise-sharing programs help our partner countries build administrative and technical expertise in both the public and private sectors. In order to share experience at the grassroots level, under the name of World Friends Korea, KOICA dispatches Korea Overseas Volunteers to provide services in the fields such as education, regional development, computer science, health care and nursing. Approximately 7,806 volunteers have been dispatched to 57 countries thus far.
The training program provides opportunities to individuals from developing countries to gain first-hand knowledge of Korea’s development experience. The purpose of the program is to enable the participants to apply what they learned for the development of their home country or local community. Since 1991, Koica has offered 3,106 courses to 49,020 participants from 173 countries. There are a wide range of topics covered in the training program, including administration, economic development, science and technology, information and communication technology, agriculture and health. In order to meet the changing needs of partner countries, KOICA always strives to renovate and improve its HRD programs.
Types of KOICA Training Programs
KOICA offers five major types of training programs:
1. Country Training Program
Tailored programs that are specifically designed for an individual partner country
2. Regular Training Program
Programs that are open to any interested partner countries
3. Special Training Program
Programs that are temporarily available owing to particular commitments of the Korean as well as partner governments
4. Joint Training Program
Programs conducted in partnership with international organizations and other agencies
5. Scholarship Program
Master’s degree programs offered to individuals from partner countries
KOICA's Scholarship Program With a mission to nurture talented students from developing countries, KOICA invites high-caliber students from developing countries and helps them gain professional and systematic knowledge that will play a key role in their home country’s development.
To accomplish this mission, KOICA has been operating master’s degree courses with leading Korean universities in the fields of economics, trade, women’s empowerment, rural development, etc.
In particular, this program has significantly strengthened the relationships between Korea and the students’ home countries. Students, who have been given an opportunity to see Korea’s experience in poverty reduction and socio-economic development, will gain a deeper understanding of Korea and contribute to the future social, political and economic ties between the two nations.
From 1997 to 2013, the program has assisted a total of 1,854 students through 92 courses. In addition, as of 2014, 290 participants will participate in 16 master’s degree programs at 16 Korean universities.
KOICA Scholarship Program is fully committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is determined to expand its efforts to nurture future talents from developing countries to promote their countries’ sustainable economic growth and social development.