The Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) opened the Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) under the auspices of the institute in December of 2010. The Center specializes in tr...
The Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) opened the Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) under the auspices of the institute in December of 2010. The Center specializes in training and educating government officials from developing countries and planning and consulting on national territorial development with a view to supporting these countries. KRIHS strives to become a world class research institute and has established sister relationships with 16 institutions in eight countries, including the US, China, and Japan, and exchanges experts and information. Since 1991, KRIHS has conducted training programs in territorial development in cooperation with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). About 520 government officials from 45 developing countries have participated in the programs thus far, which has contributed to the national territorial development of these countries.
As part of this effort, KRIHS published the "Planning & Policy Report," compiled from country reports produced by high-ranking officials who participated in the "National Territorial and Regional Development Policy," a training program conducted by KRIHS' International Cooperation Team, the former body of the GDP Center. The report concentrates on national territorial policies and urban development planning for developing countries based on Korea’s experience. I believe that the report allows us to browse through the current status and policies of the developing countries and thus provides very important materials, given the reality that we have learned about the cases and policies of the developed nations. Also, I believe publishing this report could be another meaningful step to help provide greater assistance to the respective countries' national territorial projects.
I sincerely thank the authors who have contributed their precious time to creating the "Planning & Policy Report". The same appreciation also goes to those faculty members in KRIHS who advised them for the report, making it possible. Especially, I am deeply grateful for all the efforts that the staffs of the GDPC made to have successful Training program. I want
to encourage the GDPC members to continue to make a successful journey to produce great consquences of their exertaion in the years ahead.