The Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

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 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.

APPLICATION: KOICA publishes forms in English to facilitate requests for project funding; equipment; training in country; training in Korea; the services of Korean volunteers; and the services of Korean technical experts.

Forms to request support


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.

APPLICATION: KOICA publishes an annual list of training programs. Potential applicants in developing countries contact KOICA’s country offices and/or Korea’s diplomatic missions to express interest in a selected course. Applications and supporting documents are submitted to these offices.

About the training program

Link to KOICA’s country offices

Link to Korea’s diplomatic missions

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

KOICA defines the following partner countries, applying the regional classification of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.

Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam

East Asia: Mongolia

South Asia: Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda

Latin America and Caribbean: Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru

Note: Additionally, KOICA manages a regional program for the Middle East and Central Asia. 


KOICA’s website is available in Korean and English.  

KOICA’s International Cooperation Center is a major training facility, with 300 guest rooms.

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.

Last Profile Review

October 2018