DAC member profile: Korea


Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 2010.

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2014

DCR 2014 Korea

See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2014.

In 2013, Korea provided USD 1.7 billion ODA (preliminary data), a 4.8% increase in real terms from 2012. Its ODA to gross national income (GNI) ratio dropped slightly from 0.14% in 2012 to 0.13% in 2013. However, the Korean government is firmly committed to achieving its national ODA/GNI target of 0.25% by 2015. The share of Korean untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 49% in 2012, compared to the DAC average of 81%. The grant element of total ODA was 94.2% in 2012.

Peer review findings

Latest evaluation report

Korea: a growing influence in the field of development co-operation. An aid recipient less than two decades ago, Korea is now a donor and sharing its experience of how to use development co-operation as a catalyst to promote long-term sustainable growth in other countries.

‌"Evaluation report of the Korean Emergency Response System and Results from Past Experiences" evaluated the Korean emergency response system and outcomes mainly in terms of the lessons learned from the Haiti earthquake response by dividing analysis into three categories: systems, preparedness and response.

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