Since Korea Research Institute for Human Settlement (KRIHS) started its educational training programs for government officials from developing countries in 1987, it has continuously implemented intern...
Since Korea Research Institute for Human Settlement (KRIHS) started its educational training programs for government officials from developing countries in 1987, it has continuously implemented international cooperation activities such as operating educational programs for about 500 government officials from 60 countries, and establishing and supporting their national territorial plans.
Recently, our roles and positions have been heightened in the international society, through joining the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), hosting the G20 Summit in Seoul, etc. In order to promptly react to the sharply increasing demand for international cooperation, KRIHS established the Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) on December 30, 2010.
With the objective of being the best ODA-specialized governmentcommissioned institution in the area of national territorial development in the Republic of Korea, the GDPC has performed various development partnership activities such as educational training for government officials from developing countries, established national territorial plans, and provided consulting services. In particular, the GDPC is making active efforts in practicing the 'Development Agenda' adopted at the G20 Seoul Summit. 2011 was the first year when the GDPC made full-fledged efforts to reinforce its capacity for global development partnership. The GDPC has promoted various types of work as follows: educational training, international cooperation, policy advisory services for developing countries, and establishing a global network.
For our work on educational training, 64 government officials have participated in six courses so far, including the EPC(Ⅰ) Urban Planning & Development Course, EPC(Ⅱ) Urban Planning & Policy Course, KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency)-Commissioned Training Course, and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Countries Logistics Policy Course.
The GDPC has also carried out policy advisory programs for 37 visiting groups from six
countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, and Kazakhstan, focusing on these developing countries. We have made efforts to establish a global network with various multilateral development banks (MDBs), including the World Bank (WB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Upon entering into an MOU with the WB on December 14, 2010, KRIHS was selected as a core partner of the WB for the Urban Knowledge Platform (UKP) project in June 2011.
By hosting the monthly Global Development Partnership Forum, the GDPC also takes
on the role as a bridge for Korean private companies so that they could form partnerships with companies and organizations in the overseas market. Through this forum, the Center provides opportunities to seek strategies for cooperating with overseas countries as well as exchanging information on global development partnership among domestic and overseas experts in the overseas development and cooperation area, as well as with the staff at construction companies, engineering companies,
and related associations. In addition, the GDPC website (http://www.gdpc.kr) has been built to provide information in Korean, English, French, and Spanish to construct
and provide information databases. The website provides various information including
information on educational training, educational materials, and a virtual 'Community' operated for the trainees. Also, in order to build global development partnership networks, the GDPC is preparing a database for domestic and overseas human resources (trainees, experts, lecturers, etc.) and has actively participated in performing research related to developing the content on development and cooperation. We have also made efforts for content development through the modularization projects based on the experiences of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) a