UNDP Seoul Policy Centre
The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre is part of the United Nations’ global development and policy network. The Policy Centre is central to supporting effective development cooperation, South-South and Triangular Cooperation and higher quality programming and action through cutting edge development research, policy dialogue and knowledge sharing on key development issues. The Centre
- Represents UNDP in Korea
- Works with Korea on international issues
- Shares Korea’s development experience with other countries
- Performs pragmatic, policy-relevant research
Korea’s rise from the rubble of the 1950-53 Korean War is a global development success story—one that many developing countries wish to learn from.
From 1966 to 2009, UNDP supported the people and Government of Korea on their unique development path, delivering over 270 projects with a total budget of $107 million, covering areas such as rural development, water management, industrial development, environmental protection, and social development, with skills development as a cross-cutting theme.
From 1997, UNDP started working with Korea on international cooperation. In 2010, UNDP closed its country office as Korea joined the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), affirming its status as a developed economy and a significant contributor of development aid. In 2011, the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) opened, and a new form of cooperation began between the Republic of Korea and UNDP, with USPC sharing Korea’s development experience with other developing countries.
The five-decade-partnership between Korea and UNDP is summarized in the book, “The Republic of Korea and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)” published in 2009 by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The book reviews and highlights UNDP's activities and achievements in Korea’s development.
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in some 170 countries and territories, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
About the Centre
The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre is an integral part of the Global Policy Network of the UNDP Headquarters Office in New York. It is co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and UNDP, and hosted by Korea University. UNDP’s global policy centres are located in different parts of the world with different mandates.
Dr. Stephan Klingebiel is Director of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre since 2019. He was previously the Chair of the Research Programme “International and Transnational Cooperation” of the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / DIE). From 2007 – 2011 he was Founding Director of KfW Development Bank office in Kigali, Rwanda. Furthermore, he was a guest researcher at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University and the College of Humanities and Development Studies at the China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing. From 2011 to 2019 he was a regular Visiting Professor at Stanford University. Since 2014 Stephan Klingebiel is Senior Lecturer at the University of Marburg.
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