UNOSSC highlights KOICA’s triangular cooperation amid conflict, climate change, and food crises



- KOICA selected as “Partner of the month” for July by UNOSSC (United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation)  

- Along with Korea’s goal of global pivotal state, KOICA seeks to expand triangular cooperation with emerging donors, form new partnerships

KOICA’s triangular cooperation, which seeks to contribute to the development of a developing country through partnership with emerging donor countries, has garnered attention from the international community.

KOICA was selected as “Partner of the month” for July by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the UN office announced on the website of South-South Galaxy, its platform for South-South cooperation on July 27.

*UNOSSC: Hosted by the UNDP since 1974, UNOSSC was established to promote, coordinate and support South-South and triangular cooperation globally and within the United Nations system.

*Past partners of the month of the UNOSSC include UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in June 2022, ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) in May 2022, UNEP (UN Environment Programme) in April 2022, and TICA (Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency) in March 2022.

Throughout the following month, project outcomes related to KOICA’s triangular cooperation strategy will be uploaded on the South-South Galaxy website. Korea’s development cooperation projects will thus be spotlighted as best practices on a global knowledge-sharing platform on South-South and triangular cooperation.

*Link to the website of UNOSSC South-South Galaxy 

*Link to the page featuring KOICA as “Partner of the month” by UNOSSC South-South Galaxy  


South-South Cooperation refers to the exchange of knowledge, experiences, skills, resources and technical know-how among developing countries, many of which are located in the Southern hemisphere.  

This type of cooperation includes the transfer of knowledge and experience from a recipient-turned-donor country to a developing country, and refers to the comprehensive cooperative system among developing countries in the areas of economy, society, culture, environment, and technology. It is helpful for developing countries when more advanced developing countries that have undergone development in similar situations pass on their development experiences. Geographical accessibility and cultural similarity are also advantages of South-South cooperation.

Triangular cooperation is a complementary model to South-South cooperation, involving the participation of a traditional donor country or international organization to provide financial or technological support. As transnational crises such as infectious diseases and climate change surge, the traditional donor-recipient model (North-South cooperation) has shown limits in resolving deepening poverty and development issues. The international community has thus been looking toward new development cooperation partnerships to reach the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) by 2030.

Accordingly, KOICA established a plan to improve triangular cooperation last year. KOICA seeks to contribute to peace and prosperity in the international community by diversifying development actors through South-South and triangular cooperation, and expanding inclusive partnerships that include emerging donor countries.

As a starting point, KOICA will announce plans to expand South-South and triangular cooperation based on demand from developing countries and mutual respect, to achieve the strategic goal of “ODA (Official Development Assistance) Together” under the Korean government’s 3rd Comprehensive International Development Cooperation Plan (2021-2025).

As a strategy to implement this plan, KOICA will fully utilize the MIKTA Development Cooperation Institutions Network, launched in 2013, to implement South-South and triangular cooperation with Mexico, Indonesia, and Türkiye as key partners for regional triangular cooperation.

In addition, KOICA is introducing as examples of diverse triangular cooperation such as △ the Cameroon e-government awareness and capacity enhancement project, which involves triangular cooperation with Nigeria, a country that adopted Korea’s e-government model early on, △ the Korea-Indonesia-Timor-Leste solar energy access enhancement project, in which Indonesia transfers its self-developed high-efficiency solar lamp technology to Timor-Leste, △ the Korea-Brazil triangular cooperation project to strengthen the capacity of Paraguay’s aviation professionals, which entails cooperation between Korea and Brazil, a country that possesses strengths in repairing small aircraft. Such examples are best practices that are based on mutual respect and respond to demand in partner countries, with a medium- to long-term perspective.

President of KOICA Sohn, Hyuk-sang said, “The international community is calling for Korea to play a bridging role between traditional and emerging donors in triangular cooperation, based on its development experience and transition from one of the poorest countries in the world to a donor country.” President Sohn added that “KOICA hopes to expand the scope of its activities through the UNOSSC selection by introducing its triangular cooperation experiences to the world and finding potential partners.”

Meanwhile, KOICA will host the 15th Seoul ODA International Conference under the theme “Expanding Horizons for Global Development Partnership” at The Shilla Seoul and in an on/offline hybrid format in September. At the conference, participants will deliberate the role and direction of Korea’s development cooperation as a global pivotal state, and discuss cooperation outcomes with emerging donors for new development partnerships.  



KOICA has been selected as “Partner of the Month” for July by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), and introduced on the website of the UNOSSC’s platform South-South Galaxy 


Personnel of local solar power facilities are trained in Pulau Tunda, Indonesia as part of the Korea-Indonesia-Timor-Leste solar energy accessibility enhancement project in March 2022


Personnel of local solar power facilities are trained in Pulau Tunda, Indonesia as part of the Korea-Indonesia-Timor-Leste solar energy accessibility enhancement project in March 2022



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