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The Asia Foundation Hosts Conference on the Role of NGOs and the Private Sector in Asian Development Cooperation

November 1, 2018

On November 1, the Asia Foundation hosted the international conference, “Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation: Partners in Asian Development Cooperation – The Role of the NGOs and the Private Sector” at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. The aim of the conference was to share ideas on development cooperation in Asia and how the public sector, the private sector and NGOs can address regional development challenges.


The conference included two panels, which included members from both NGOs and the private sector. One panel was on Asian civil society organizations addressing development challenges, which included panelists from Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) and CSO Network Japan. The other panel was on innovative private sector partnerships for development, which included panelists from KT, LG Electronics, The Asia Foundation China, AirAsia Foundation, MAS Capital.


Gorden Hein, the Senior Vice President of Programs at The Asia Foundation, made opening remarks and Wonhyuk Lim the Associate Dean of the Office of Development Research and International Cooperation at the KDI School, gave Congratulatory remarks during the opening ceremony. Anthea Mulakala, Director of International Development Cooperation at The Asia Foundation, gave the opening address for the conference detailing collaborative approaches to development.