South Korea is a powerhouse economy and robust democracy. The country is now actively sharing lessons of its own transformation from aid recipient to donor. Our office in Seoul works to strengthen the capacity of South Korean government agencies and NGOs, and facilitates regional cooperation in Northeast Asia. Read country overview.
CRITICAL ISSUE: PERSISTENT POVERTY AND RISING INCOME INEQUALITY
The Asia Foundation opened its doors in Insa-dong, Seoul, in the aftermath of the Korean War in 1954. Since that time, South Korea has undergone a dramatic transition, developing into a powerhouse economy and robust democracy. Now, the country is poised to share the lessons of its own transformation from aid recipient to donor. To celebrate our 60th anniversary, hwangap, we hosted a series of events throughout 2014. Our office in Seoul cooperates with South Korean government agencies and NGOs on International development donor dialogues, promotes international exchanges with North Korea, and facilitates regional programs in Northeast Asia. Last year, North Korea specialists and government officials from Australia, China, Laos, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and Vietnam met in Hanoi to explore lessons from Asia's successful transition economies for North Korea's transition to a more open and prosperous economy. The second of a two-part research seminar was organized by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies and The Asia Foundation, and hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. The first seminar in Ulaanbaatar explored the lessons of Northeast Asia's transition economies. The seminar in Hanoi focused on the experiences and lessons of Southeast Asia, as well as China, South Korea, and Taiwan. Selections of papers will be published by the Asan Institute.