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Center for International Development

The Center for International Development engages in research and knowledge sharing activities including capacity and institution building with developing partner countries through the Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP).

International Development Cooperation Research

The CID has carried out diverse studies to improve the effectiveness of development cooperation projects in proportion to the transition of policy environment towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) system.2) The CID seeks collaboration strategies for international development cooperation projects that could harmonize Korea’s national interests with developing countries’ economic growth while conducting in-depth studies on Korea 's development for the effective execution of the KSP. In addition, the CID undertakes in-depth regional and national research to gain a comprehensive understanding of developing countries, and makes great effort to meet the policy needs of government ministries participating in the project. It also holds international academic conferences and development cooperation expert forums in order to expand the network for knowledge cooperation at home and abroad, in keeping with the growing emphasis on the partnership with stakeholders from various fields.


In this context, the CID has published a number of papers such as “The Current Status and Challenges of PPP for Development Cooperation” and “A Study of Development Cooperation Strategy: Focusing on Infrastructure Project in Myanmar” which outline Korea’s development cooperation project execution system and the effects, and accumulated basic data to explore the future direction of development cooperation strategy.


The CID has expanded the framework of devel-opment cooperation that has been mainly driven by the public official development assistance (ODA) to the private sector and sought ways to enhance effectiveness through complementary partnerships. In particular, the work includes intensive discussions on the role and participation of the private sector in the field of development cooperation . The CID has also published “Cast Studies on Public Policy in Korea for Knowledge Sharing”, which contributed to systematization of knowledge-sharing contents in major policy areas in Korea.


The CID serves as a specialized institute in development cooperation, conducting research projects commissioned by government ministries and relevant organizations. Its commissioned research report to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, “Effective Development Cooperation Measures to Achieve SDGs,” lists the fields for complementary development and economic cooperation with developing countries under the SDG system and suggests effective cooperation ideas. In addition, the “Regional Study for Economic Cooperation with Africa” and “Development Condition Diagnosis of KSP Partner Countries and Study of KSP Strategy” were conducted to enhance the effectiveness of policy consultations and to explore the mid- to long-term development strategies. These studies helped to create a correlation between development cooperation and economic cooperation and to draw implications on the linkage between KSP project planning and follow-up projects.


To disseminate research achievement, the CID held the “Conference for Innovative Partnership for Sustainable Development” in December 2017, attended by Dirk Niebel, former Federal Minister of Economy Cooperation and Development of Germany, and by experts from home and abroad. Participants discussed the roles of development cooperation organizations in creating mutual benefits through new public-private partnerships and the key issues and cases.


In ADB’s annual conference, the CID hosted a seminar, titled the “Economic Development Experience and South-South Cooperation,” and discussed the effective cooperation with regional development cooperation organizations such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Moreover, the CID has held expert forums on key international development cooperation issues such as financial resources for development, PPP and project evaluation, helping to provide opportunities to extend the basis of the development cooperation project.

CID’s Key Research Projects in 2017

Research Category Project Title
① Development cooperation strategy Current Status and Challenges of PPP for Development Cooperation
A Study of Development Cooperation Strategy: Focusing on Infrastructure Project in Myanmar
② In-depth study of Korea’s development experience Korea’s Development Experience Platform Establishment and Case Studies of Key Policies
③ In-depth regional and national research Vietnam’s Economic System Transition and Basic Studies of Corporate Productivity
④ International development trends International Development Cooperation Forum, KDI-Korea Development Policy Association Monthly Seminar
⑤ Commissioned research Development Condition Diagnosis of KSP Partner Countries and Study of KSP Strategy
Regional Study for Economic Cooperation with Africa
Basic Analysis of KSP Partner Countries
Effective Development Cooperation Measures to Achieve SDGs
Formulation of Private Sector Development Support of EDCF


Major Research Projects

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