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Latin America

KOICA’s Presence in Latin America and the Caribbean 

Although 80% of Central and South American countries are classified as middle income countries, more than one quarter of their populations are struggling to survive with daily income of less than USD 2 a day. To relieve the issue of widening inequality in the region, KOICA is establishing social infrastructure to propel pro-poor growth. To facilitate social inclusion of underprivileged people such as women, children and native people, KOICA is focusing on the provision of health and education projects designed to support capacity building of them. To enhance public security capacity of countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, KOICA is embarking on projects designed to build the capacity of police force and establish sound security systems 

 

Projects 

The Second Phase of Korea-Peru Maternal Health Center Improvement Project in Comas, Peru (2011-2014 / $2.5 million) 

KOICA constructed a maternal health center in Pachacutec, Callao and invited health workers to Korea for training. The maternal health center has gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine departments. Since opening its door, the hospital visitor increased 7-fold. Deemed as the best health facility with the capacity to provide a\ variety of medical services among 48 health centers in Callao, the center was designated by the government of Peru as the model facility of medical services for underprivileged people. To improve facilities and expand medical services, KOICA invested $2 million for the refurbishment of the Comas Maternal Health Center built in 1994 by KOICA in collaboration with Peru. As a result, it was outdated and inadequate to provide modern medical services. By remodeling and upgrading the Maternal Health Center, new medical equipment and facilities were made available. The project enabled 24 hours of serviced and contributed to the improvement of access to material health services and reduction in material death rate in Comas. 

Project for Assisting Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Youth in Ahuachapan, El Salvador

(2011~2014 / $2.35 million) 

El Salvador is notorious for its one of the worst public security systems, ranked second highest in terms of murder rate per 100,000 inhabitants. Recognizing the social problem that uneducated and unprotected young people tend to join criminal rings and commit drug-related crimes, the Public Security Council and the Ministry of Education are making a great deal of efforts to expand educational opportunities and social protection for vulnerable youth. As one of slum areas, criminal activities by Maras in Ahuachapan are quite easy to find. 80% of all crimes in the city are said to be committed by Maras which has about 100 young people as members.

 

Top 5 Latin American partner countries (USD in Million)

 

Rank

country

Amount

Percentage(%)

Of KOICA’s total budget

Of KOICA’s budget for the region

1

Paraguay

5.51

0.90

18.2

2

Peru

4.43

0.72

14.7

3

Colombia

4.32

0.70

14.3

4

Bolivia

4.24

0.69

14.0

5

Honduras

2.45

0.40

8.11

Total

20.95

3.41

69.31

 

Assistance by Sector priority in Latin America (USD in Million)

 

Sector

Amount

Percentage(%)

Public Administration

3.86

12.77

Education

2.83

9.38

Health

10.91

36.14

Rural Development

4.28

14.17

Industry & Energy

7.14

23.63

Others

1.18

3.91

Total

30.2

100