• 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.      
  • GDPC Academy Lecture “South Korea's Urbanization and Megacity Seoul”

    GDPC Academy Lecture “South Korea's Urbanization and Megacity Seoul”     Date: June 25 (Thu), 2020 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea On Thursday June 25, GDPC at KRIHS hosted the GDPC Academy’s special lecture entitled “South Korea’s Urbanization and the Megacity Seoul” in a meeting room on the sixth floor of the KRIHS building. Associate Professor Yumin Joo of the KDI School of Public Policy and Management was invited to participate as the lecturer During the lecture, Professor Joo explained South Korea’s real estate market and the patternsof Seoul’s development into a megacity from a historical perspective and with a focus on the Korea's distinct characteristics in the aspect of urban development. More specifically, Professor Joo emphasized the background and role of the apartment industry as a solution for housingdeficit as well as a foundation for urbanization. The lecture was followed by a Q&A session that highlighted various angles such as the applicability of Korea’s urbanization model to developing countries and the current state of the real estate market as a social issue. Participants from KRIHS included GDPC director Sehoon Park, a senior research fellow Sanggeon Lee, and a research fellow Miseon Park.        
  • 52nd EAROPH Executive Committee Meeting

    KRIHS-World Bank Seminar on Land Development Policy in Korea             Date: October 14 (Mon), 2019 Venue: Penang, Malaysia KRIHS participated in the 52nd EAROPH (Eastern Regional Organization for Planning and Human Settlements) executive committee (EXCO) meeting in Penang, Malaysia, on October 14, 2019. The objective of the EXCO meeting was to share the urban and housing issues and activities of EAROPH and its member countries (Australia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Philippines). Mia Davidson, the President of EAROPH, gave her welcoming remarks for attendees. Dr. Sehoon Park, Director of the GDPC, introduced the activities of the GDPC at KRIHS for the national chapters report. Participants at EAROPH expressed their interest in collaborating with the GDPC at KRIHS. After the national chapters report, the Secretary General of EAROPH delivered the activities of EAROPH International during 2018–19. He emphasized the importance of collaboration among member countries and suggested regular telecommunication meetings among member countries.   One of the important issues during the EXCO meeting was to discuss the role and activities of the technical sub-committee of EAROPH. The sub-committee is composed of five sub-categories: 1) SDGs, 2) affordable housing, 3) climate change and disaster resilience, 4) inclusion and social justice, and 5) green technology, smart cities, and infrastructure. Based on Korea’s expertise in smart cities, EAROPH Korea (KRIHS) will be responsible for the green technology, smart cities, and infrastructure committee.