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History of KAKC

The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was established in April 1991 under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) as a government-funded agency to implement grant and cooperation programmes for developing countries.


Korea has the unique experience of developing from one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the most economically advanced. The know-how and experience Korea gained from this transition are invaluable assets that allow KOICA to efficiently support the sustainable socioeconomic development of its partner countries and to offer them hope for a better world.


KOICA aims to make a better world by helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and promoting equitable and sustainable development in partner countries. KOICA also seeks to actively participate in the global efforts to enhance the capacity of nations and individuals to overcome poverty and improve their quality of life.


Based on Korea's development experience and competencies, KOICA focuses its assistance programmes on agriculture and fisheries, education, health, industry and energy, and public administration.


In order to achieve its objective, KOICA helps developing countries build their infrastructure, invites trainees, conducts development studies, dispatches overseas volunteers, supports NGO's and overseas disaster relief and reconstruction, and carries out cooperation projects by international organizations.


To achieve its goals, KOICA has expanded its overseas network, with 44 offices worldwide currently.


These offices play a crucial role in implementing KOICA's development programmes in the field.



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