Korea International Cooperation Agency
Grants for projects and capacity building in agriculture and fisheries, environment, and climate change
Principal Office: South Korea
The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) engages in international development cooperation by providing material and physical aid to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. KOICA reports to the Bureau for Development Cooperation within South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
South Korea’s principal aid recipients are developing countries in Asia. Additionally, South Korea is rapidly increasing its support for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Among KOICA’s several program areas, the ones most important in the Terra Viva Grants Directory are rural development (including agriculture and fisheries), environment, and climate change.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 — Support to Korean Organizations Engaged in Development Assistance. KOICA funds Korean civil society organizations and corporations pursuing social responsibility (CSR) for projects in international development assistance. KOICA contributes to capacity building of these organizations, and it supports awareness raising in Korea about international cooperation.
About the program, and application guidelines
2 — Support in Developing Countries. KOICA accepts requests for training, technical assistance, and project funding from governments, NGOs, universities, and other organizations. It also accepts requests from individuals for training.
3 — Training Program. KOICA provides capacity building for professionals, researchers, and policy makers from developing countries for training and education at its International Cooperation Center in Korea. Courses are classified into regular courses; special courses; country-specific courses; and joint courses conducted in partnership with international organizations and other donor agencies. KOICA also funds masters’ degree programs.
About the training program, and how to apply
Link to KOICA’s country offices
Link to Korea’s diplomatic missions
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
KOICA is active in the following partner countries, applying the regional classification of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
East Asia: Mongolia
South Asia: Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Eurasia and Central Asia: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia
Sub-Saharan Africa: Cameroon, Dem Rep Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda
Latin America and Caribbean: Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru
KOICA’s website is available in Korean and English. Note: At the time of this review, some sections of the English content are outdated.
KOICA’s funding of ODA has increased significantly during recent years. Between 2008 and 2013, the level of bilateral aid rose by over 200%.
KOICA publishes and posts annual reports (Korean and English), which can help interested persons to understand South Korea’s programs and priorities for development assistance.
The Korea Council for Overseas Cooperation (KCOC) is an umbrella organization representing Korean development NGOs. KCOC’s website is available in Korean and English, with contact information supplied.
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