RAS Lecture Video: South Korea's Overseas Development Assistance Experience

Presenter: Peter Beck, The Asia Foundation

South Korea has gone from being a debtor to a donor country in the span of less than two decades. After having one of the most leveraged economies in the 1990s, Seoul is vastly expanding its overseas development assistance (ODA). Despite a pledge by the government to triple ODA during the first five years of this decade, Seoul is still lagging behind its fellow OECD members. This talk will examine Korea's ODA experience and focus on the blossoming partnership between the Asia Foundation and the several Korean organizations.

Peter Beck is the Korea Representative for the Asia Foundation in Seoul. He is also a columnist for Joongang Ilbo and the only foreigner on the President's Advisory Council. Previously he was the Northeast Asia Director for the International Crisis Group and the Director of Research at the Korea Economic Institute of America. He has also held fellowships at the Council on Foreign Relations, the East-West Center and Stanford University. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and completed the Korean language program at Seoul National University. He conducted his graduate studies at U.C. San Diego.

This video was recorded by RAS Korea member Henry Hwang.

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