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KOREA NOW November 2014

Month
November 2014
Submitted
Yeon Jeong Kim, Kwang Yo Hyun, Sang Yoon Lee
by
Subject
ODA Structure in Korea, Ministry of Gender Equality & Family
ODA
Koreas institutional framework of ODA consists of a coordinating body,
Structure in supervising ministries, and executing ministries and agencies. The Committee
Korea
for International Development Cooperation (CIDC), as a coordinating body,
deliberates and decides overall ODA policies for greater policy coherence and
systematic delivery of aid programs
Structure Overview

Koreas major ODA policies are decided at the CIDC, with the Prime Minister as
the Chair of the CIDC. Based on the Framework Act (Article 7.2), the CIDC is
composed of 25 members including the Prime Minister, Ministers of related
ministries, heads of ODA implementing agencies, and civilian experts and holds
meetings approximately three times a year

Position

Name

Head of the
Committee

HongWon Jeong

Prime Minister

JeHoon Lee

President of Korea NGO Council


for Overseas Development, KCOC
/ President of Child Fund Korea

SeungHoon Jeon
YoungSook Nam
Private Sector
Officers

HongTaek Jeon

Present post

Contact Info

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Head of Korea Institute for
Developmental Strategy
Professor at Ewha Women's
University
Korea Development Institute;
Head
of
the
International
Cooperation Center

HyeKyung Kim
ChongSub Kim

Visiting Professor at Ewha


Professor at SNU

JinSang Lee

Professor at DukSeong Women's


University

Office of the Prime


Minister; Head of the
Developmental
Cooperation Team
Wonil No (82-44200-2154)
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KDS 82-2-539-0072
ysnam@ewha.ac.kr
82-2-3277-6672
KDI:
82-44-5504114
International Affairs
Manager Sujin Kim:
82-44-550-4015;
sujin@kdi.re.kr
gcskim@ewha.ac.kr
82-2-880-5812
chongsup@snu.ac.kr
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Types and spending


In 2012, Korea's ODA amounted to USD 1,597.5 million (net disbursement).
Koreas development assistance was comprised of USD 1183.2 million in
bilateral aid and USD 414.3 million in multilateral aid.
Implementers

Ministry in
charge

Commodities and food


Cash
Free
Mixed project aid
Technological cooperation

KOICA

Ministry of
Foreign
Affairs and
Trade

Development Loan for big


projects (Economic
Paid
Development Cooperation
Fund)

Korea EXIM
Bank

Ministry of
Strategy
and Finance

Contributions to international
organizations: UN, etc

Ministry of
Foreign
Affairs and
Trade

Ministry of
Foreign
Affairs and
Trade

Investment in international
organizations: international
development financial

Bank of Korea

Ministry of
Strategy
and Finance

Collaborative Type

Bilateral

Multilateral

institutions

Spending figures

Ministry
Gender
Equality
Family

of The mission of the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family is to make a society
where all family members are happy and sharing together.
&
The most prominent controversy could be their policies focusing too much on
issues regarding female rather than gender equality in general. It is in fact being
criticized for promoting inequality with its biased policies toward women
resource development, womens rights protection and better treatment for
women.
However, not much actions were taken regarding some significant womens right
protection issues. In case of Giji Village, the Korean government created
prostitution group for the United States Forces in Korea during 1970~1990s for
dollar collection. The government promised for welfare and shelters to the
prostitutes, but the promise was never implemented. While the victims are filing
lawsuit against the government for compensation, the Ministry of Gender
Equality & Family expresses no comments or actions on the issue.
On the other hand, the public believe the Ministry is spending its funds on
irrelevant matters. The most representative case is the Shutdown policy,
banning children under 16 from singing in to online games from 12:00am to
6:00am. The intended effect of this policy was to protect the health of young
children because the work of the Ministry involves some dimension in Family
and Child protection. However, the policy is being condemned for being
ineffective and wasting efforts to unnecessary actions while neglecting other
important issues.