Korean Development Professionals, Indonesia Study Visit for Sustainable Development of Middle-Income Countries
June 30-July 8, 2018
From June 30 to July 8, The Asia Foundation Korea hosted a study visit for Korean development specialists to Indonesia on the theme “International development cooperation for sustainable development of middle-income countries.” This activity was part of the Foundation’s ongoing program that aims to strengthen the capabilities of the Korean government, NGOs, international organizations, and research institutes in the field of international development. During these study visits, the Foundation encourages Korean development practitioners to understand the current development status of their partner countries and to expand collaboration with various local agencies while also strengthening their own capabilities.
During this visit to Indonesia, a middle-income country, the ten Korean participants had the opportunity to explore and deepen their understanding of economic, social, and environmental issues affecting the development of the country. During the pre-workshop, participants spent time studying the challenges facing middle-income countries and the status of Indonesia. Also, while visiting diverse development entities, including bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, Indonesian regional governments, local NGOs, and local communities, the participants were able to gain a broad understanding of the challenges and development issues confronting Indonesia.
The Korean study group visited the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to learn about the roles and projects of aid agencies for sustainable development in Indonesia. Also, through discussion with the Indonesia Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL), Transparency International, and Womanpreneur Community, they were able to identify the activities that each organization has contributed to the sustainable development of Indonesia in a variety of fields. During a field trip to remote Lombok Island participants held a roundtable session with local government units and NGOs in the Macelam region, and they learned about the public services provided for social groups such as minority religions, minority families, and immigrant families. They also had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of development issues and the status of the local community by interacting with youth representatives and residents in Lombok.
For additional information about the participants in the program, please see here.