17 July, 2018

At Home & Abroad: Korea’s Ongoing Support for Effective Development Co-operation

By H.E. Ms. Hyunjoo Oh
Director-General of International Co-operation, Republic of Korea

We are united by a new partnership that is broader and more inclusive than ever before’ Busan Outcome Document

Busan, Republic of Korea (RoK), the country’s second largest metropolis and home to over 3.5 million people, is also the birthplace of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC).

Endorsed by more than 160 governments and 50 organisations, the principles listed in Busan Outcome Document of the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2011 – country ownership, a focus on results, inclusive partnerships, and transparency and accountability to each other – form the foundation for effective development co-operation.

As the Director-General of International Co-operation, I can say with confidence that Korea has stayed true to these commitments, both at home and abroad, including through its role as host of the annual Busan Global Partnership Forum and Learning and Accelerating Programmes. These fora are inclusive, unique and evidence-based events which bring together policy makers and practitioners to share country experiences and explore the enabling factors and context-specific challenges for successful development partnerships. With plans to host another Learning and Acceleration Programme in late 2018, Korea continues to place itself as a key knowledge-sharing partner for more effective development co-operation.

Beyond knowledge-sharing, RoK, as a development partner, also takes part in the GPEDC’s monitoring exercise, a country-led process that monitors partner countries’ and development partners’ progress in achieving the aforementioned principles. We have made significant efforts to increase medium-term predictability of development co-operation. RoK has reported on a number of areas, including in-year and mid-term predictability of aid on budget, use of country Public Financial Management (PFM) and procurement systems, and untying of aid.

RoK’s remarks at the recent GPEDC side event in the margins of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum reinforced Korea’s commitments for 2030 and beyond. To achieve the 2030 agenda, it’s critical that Korea, as well as other development partners, strengthen linkages between global processes and country-level implementation, at both political and operational levels, and engage with diverse development actors, including the private sector and civil society, to leverage their innovative capacities and resources.

At home, the country continues to see multi-stakeholder partnership models as key to achieving the global goals. In 2016, it conducted a Voluntary National Review (VNR) of its progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals entitled, ‘From a Model of Development Success to a Vision for Sustainable Development’. We analysed Korea’s enabling environments, prospects, challenges and opportunities for achieving the goals, including through the lens of effective co-operation.

My country’s continuous commitments, within and abroad, to promote effective development co-operation is applaudable and continues to grow. Through helping foster local and global partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals, we will continue to lend our support towards generating development impact, and ultimately, leaving no one behind.