• GDPC 10th Anniversary Webinar

    GDPC 10th Anniversary Webinar Date: December 3 (Thur), 2020 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea GDPC was established ten years ago on December 30, 2011. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the center, GDPC held an Webinar on December 3, 2020. KRIHS President, Hyun Soo Kang delivered a congratulatory address and said, “I hope GDPC will continue the new andinnovative adventure to share Korea’s territorial development experience and knowledge accumulated by KRIHS.” Director of GDPC, Sehoon Park gave an opening remark, saying, “On the knowledge exchange platform built through GDPC’s ten years of activities, GDPC will nurture the value of the cooperation and trust with global communities.” Mr. Sameh Naguib Wahba, Global Director of the World Bank, Ms. Tatiana Gallego Lizon, Division Chief of IDB, and Mr. Ajmal Shams, former Deputy Director of Ministry of Urban Development & Land, Afghanistan sent video congratulatory remarks as well to celebrate GDPC’s tenth anniversary. For the first presentation, “Sharing knowledge and building trust,” Sehoon Park gave an overview of the ten-year history of GDPC and future plan for the next ten years. The next presentation was delivered by Dr. Eunju Kim, Research Fellow of the Korean Institute of Public Administration on the subject of “Policy suggestion for international developmentcooperation in the era of COVID-19.” For the last session, the Director General of National Geographic Information Institute, Hosang Sakong, who was the first director of GDPC, led the discussion as a chair. There were five representatives that participated from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, KDI, and KOICA including the third former Director of GDPC, Dr. Ilho Chung. All participants had a meaningful discussion on the future direction of international development and GDPC itself. This seminar was held as a webinar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For further information,check the YouTube link:                
  • GDPC Academy Lecture “SMART Academic Presentation”

    GDPC Academy Lecture “SMART Academic Presentation” Date: October 26 (Mon), 2020 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea On Monday, October 26, GDPC, KRIHS hosted a GDPC Academy special lecture with JulianaLee, CEO of Juliana Lee & Partners. The GDPC Academy is an education session designed tostrengthen capabilities by inviting various field experts to give lectures.The lecture was titled “SMART Academic Presentation.” Instructor Lee explained how to prepare a successful presentation based on the acronym “SMART”: S structure, M message, Aarticulation, R rehearsal, and T try. Lee explained that a good presentation has good structure with a concise and clear title and message. Also, rehearsing the presentation with visual aidsand practicing clear pronunciation are essential for a successful presentation. Lastly, it would be best if you tried giving a presentation in public. After the lecture, participants from KRIHS had a Q&A session. This lecture was considered helpful in improving the KRIHS researchers’ English presentation skills.
  • 2020 Capacity Building on the Formulation of the Afghanistan NSSP

    1st Capacity Building Program for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Formulate the National Strategy & National Spatial Plan (NSSP) Theme: Capacity Building on the Fomulation of the Afghanistan NSSP Date: September 2(Wed)-23(Wed), 2020 The Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) hosted the 1st Capacity Building Training Program for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Formulate the National Spatial Strategy & National Spatial Plan (NSSP) with the Ministry of Urban Development and Land (MUDL) and the World Bank (WB) from September 2(Wed) to 23(Wed) virtually with pre-recorded lectures and real-time discussion through the video conference.   Due to COVID-19 global pandemic the training program had been transferred from the face-to-face training to a virtual training (mixture of recorded lectures & real-time discussion session through video). The lectures were prepared as a pre-recorded video lecture (PPT with lecturer's voice) along with various reference documents. The participants were given one week per each PART (PART 1: NSSP General/ Part 2: NSSP Sectoral) to self-study recorded lectures and provide questions and comments. Also, four real-time discussion sessions were prepared with the aim to seek broad questions and identify critical issues in territorial development from the Afghan participants through intimate discussions with KRIHS team and the lecturers.   This training program was targeted for high- and middle-level officials of the central governments such as Ministry of Urban Development and Land (MUDL), Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) that can establish territorial development policies and implement spatial planning in national level based on the knowledge obtained throughout this training program. 14 Afghanistan participants participated in this virtual training to improve their understanding of role and effects of national spatial strategies and planning and to identify critical issues in the context of Afghanistan in relation to the global best practices presented and outline a consensual approach to the issues.   The main goal of this training program was to construct a framework of future works and to improve basic knowledge of the Afghan officials in charge of territorial development and spatial planning to determine directions of the Afghan NSSP. And the mian outputs were enchanced knowledge and deepen understanding of Afghan officials related to the Afghan NSSP on international cases of territorial development and spatial planning.   This training program is considered as a meaningful opportunity for Afghan participants to learn and understand Korea's successful experience and expertise on Economic Development and National Territorial Planning, and it is expected to employ participatory and customized approach to identify best suitable options of solutions for Afghanistan.    
  • Country Report Presentations by Interns from the University of Seoul

    Country Report Presentations by Interns from the University of Seoul Date: August 13 (Thu), 2020 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea On August 13, 2020, the GDPC of the KRIHS held a country report presentations by interns from the University of Seoul. The presenting interns were Yan Li from the Beijing MunicipalCommission of Urban Management in China and Sandar Myint from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation in Myanmar. During the presentation, Yan Li noted that the coordinated development of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei in the energy sector, especially in natural gas infrastructure, can offer complementary advantages, stabilizing the market supply, reducing the energy supply risks, and exerting a positive economic effect on East Asia. Sandar Myint presented the urban development conditions in the Yangon Region and the cooperation between Korea and Myanmar. After the presentation, a Q&A session and discussion were held, followed by a certificate ceremony. This internship provided the opportunity to study significant issues in China and Myanmar and build a global development cooperation network.
  • Special Lecture on the “Overview of Central Asia and the Cooperation Strategy.”

    Special Lecture on the “Overview of Central Asia and the Cooperation Strategy.”     Date: July 22 (Wed), 2020 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea On July 22, 2020, the GDPC at KRIHS hosted a special lecture on the “Overview of Central Asia and the Cooperation Strategy.” The event featured a renowned expert in the field as the guest lecturer, Dr. Sang-joon Lee. He is a professor at Kookmin University and the former president of The Korean Association of Slavic-Eurasian Studies. This special lecture was planned as part of the continuous activities of the specialized research group on Central Asia within the KRIHS. This specialized research group aims to deepen the understanding on the importance ofCentral Asian countries as global development partners. Dr. Lee provided a general overview of the Central Asian countries in the context of international cooperation. He implemented integrated approach to explain the characteristics of the Central Asian countries becausethey share the same physical, historical, and cultural background. During the lecture, Dr. Lee encouraged the GDPC to lead and take up the crucial role of initiating cooperative and collaborative efforts within the sectors linked to the KRIHS. A Q&A session followed the lecture, where the researchers actively shared their insights.