Our office in Seoul tackles key development issues in Korea and the rest of Asia and the Pacific, including inclusive growth, gender equality, and climate actions in partnership with South Korean government agencies, the private sector, and civil society. The Korea office also facilitates regional cooperation in Northeast Asia. Korea office website.
Energizing South Korea’s inclusive growth
Entrepreneurship development is key to promoting inclusive economic growth in South Korea. Based on findings from Asia Foundation surveys of entrepreneurs, we supported over 370 entrepreneurs, including women and other groups that face structural barriers, with a comprehensive business support program. The program strengthened the entrepreneurial mindset and enabled participants’ better access to markets, finance, and networks.
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Enabling more effective international development cooperation in Asia-Pacific
South Korea’s transition from a recipient to a donor country has raised global anticipation for the country’s strengthened role in the international development landscape. In response, The Asia Foundation facilitated Korea’s engagement in international development cooperation by tackling and responding to pressing issues in Asia and the Pacific. The efforts include providing capacity-building programs for over 1,500 development professionals and practitioners across the Asia-Pacific region, and channeling Korean government resources to enhance women’s empowerment and inclusive economic growth in the region.
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