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Message from Executive Director

In the last six decades, Korea has achieved unparalleled economic growth thanks to the great efforts of Korean people for a better future. Eventually, Korea moved forward to sharing the responsibility for the global prosperity as a member of OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). In the process of its socio-economic transformation, the Korean government invested a large amount of public spending on education and infrastructure, and maintained macroeconomic stability. In addition, the government concentrated its effort on export-oriented industrialization to overcome its small domestic market. The experience of Korea, which has only recently and rapidly become an high income country, is now recognized as invaluable asset relevant and applicable to currently developing countries and the broader international community.

To share Korea’s knowledge and insights, KDI as a leading think tank of Korea has actively involved in development cooperation since 1982. Along the way, KDI established the Center for International Development (CID) in 2010 to strengthen its expertise and increase the effectiveness of its development cooperation operations. CID has implemented in numerous knowledge sharing and capacity building projects by offering customized analytical and advisory services to development agencies, partner governments, institutions and the private sector. CID expands KDI’s comprehensive research outcomes by aligning them with diverse socio-economic contexts of different developing countries and maximizes the effectiveness of cooperation through global partnership.

Knowledge sharing for development cooperation is a rising trend in the international community. The United Nations (UN) also recognizes knowledge and information as a driving force for socio-economic development in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) era. We promise that CID as a prominent agency in knowledge-based development cooperation will continue to promote inclusive global growth.


Executive Director, Center for International

KOH, Youngsun
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