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Korean Politics Through Film (CEAS206): NGOs & Policy

This course explores the contemporary politics of Korea through academic sources and films. Students will discover how the tumultuous history of modern Korea has contributed to the present political conditions in South and North Korea.

NGOs and NPOs in South Korea

The terms include: NPOs (beyoungri danche), NGOs (mingan danche), civil society organizations (simin danche), civic movement organizations (simin woondong danche), and public interest corporations (gongick bubin).

Advocacy-oriented activities: These activities aim for the promotion of social justice, democracy, and human rights on behalf of the workers, peasants, and other alienated people in society.

Education and service-oriented organizations:

Civic advocacy groups: They include foundations, business and professional associations, social services, and art and culture organizations.

Quasi-governmental organizations: These organizations functioned as governmental agencies. These pro-government organizations played a significant role in mobilizing people for national development or in publicizing government's policies.

  • Korea Federation for Environmental Movement (KEEM)/ Friends of the Earth Korea
    The KFEM has its foundation from the Anti-Pollution Movement Conference since 1984.
  • Korea NGO Council for Overseas Cooperation (KCOC)
    KCOC is an association of development NGOs implementing development and aid projects, with the aim of eradicating poverty around the world.  
  • Korea Official Development Assistance (ODA)
    Korea ODA provides grants or concessional loans to a developing country in the list of ODA recipients, provided by the OECD-Development Assistance Committee in order to promote its economic development and welfare improvement.  
  • Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
    KOICA is a government agency responsible for Korea’s bilateral grant aid and technical cooperation programs while the Korea Export-Import Bank (Korea Eximbank) administers the EDCF loans. KOICA’s bilateral grant aid makes up around 40% of the total budget of Korea’s bilateral ODA. KOICA has 30 representative offices in 28 partner countries, and these overseas offices play a critical role in implementing KOICA’s aid programs at the field level. 

Social & International humanitarian organizations:

Religious Organizations:


South Korea News Focus on Policies

  • Asan Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, non-partisan think tank with the mandate to undertake policy-relevant research to foster domestic, regional, and international environments conducive to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, as well as Korean reunification. 
  • Korea Economic Institute (KEI) of America was founded as the first U.S. “non-profit” institution or “think-tank” in 1982 solely dedicated to promoting dialogue and understanding between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States on economic, political, and security relations.  
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