Top global development groups in Seoul: A primer

A view of Seoul at night. Photo by: theaucitron / CC BY-SA

South Korea is an emerging development aid donor, and its international development industry is rapidly expanding.

One reason: At the end of 2009, South Korea joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee, which requires each member state to spend 0.7 percent of its gross national income on official development assistance by 2015. The following year, South Korea’s aid budget increased nearly 25 percent; further increases are expected.

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  • Eliza Villarino

    Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.