Poverty and inequity is high and deep in Guatemala. Lack of assets, lack of access to and lack of transparency of public services all contribute to vulnerability of Guatemalans to poverty and inequity. To tackle these challenges effectively and bring sustainable development to people in need requires coordinated actions from various development stakeholders: government, both central and local, civil society, business, people and international cooperation.
Bearing this in mind, KOICA tries to work, on its organizational operation level, within the following framework of international guidelines for development assistance drawn up in Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action:
Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness
ü Ownership - Developing countries set their own strategies for poverty reduction, improve their institutions and tackle corruption.
ü Alignment - Donor countries align behind these objectives and use local systems.
ü Harmonization - Donor countries coordinate, simplify procedures and share information to avoid duplication.
ü Results - Developing countries and donors shift focus to development results and results get measured.
ü Mutual Accountability - Donors and partners are accountable for development results.
Accra Agenda for Action
ü Predictability – Donors will provide 3-5 year forward information on their planned aid to partner countries.
ü Country systems – Partner country systems will be used to deliver aid as the first option, rather than donor systems.
ü Conditionality – Donors will switch from reliance on prescriptive conditions about how and when aid money is spent to conditions based on the developing country’s own development objectives.
ü Untying – donors will relax restrictions that prevent developing countries from buying the goods and services they need from whomever and wherever they can get the best quality at the lowest price.
KOICA also intends to, on its program and project implementation level, execute its development programs, whenever possible, in a way that encourages people’s participation in identifying, designing, implementing and evaluating its development aid programs. This is because KOICA believes that participatory development is one of the best ways to secure the impact of its development programs lasting and sustainable.
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is a central development aid agency of the Government of the Republic of Korea. Founded in 1991, it administers Korea’s grant aid and technical cooperation programs for developing countries.
The mission of KOICA is help developing countries lift their people out of poverty and achieve equitable and sustainable development. To fulfill its mission, KOICA provides following assistances to developing countries and their people:
Promote the equitable access of the people of developing countries to public services in the areas of education, health, potable water and sanitation, energy, environment, agriculture, transportation, communication, finance, etc. by constructing, improving and reinforcing related facilities and providing necessary equipment.
Enhance capacities of public service delivery of developing countries through consultancy, training, scholarships, etc.
Provide emergency relief to people affected by disasters and support their reconstruction efforts.
KOICA in Guatemala
Development assistance of KOICA for Guatemala were started from the very beginning of its establishment in 1991. From then on, KOICA has progressively increased its development aid programs for Guatemala. Now, KOICA is active in providing assistance in those areas of education, vocational training, health, ICT and rural development.
GOVERNMENT OF KOREA DONATES ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MULTIFUNCTIONAL LIBRARY
The Government of the Republic of Korea, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency-KOICA- inaugurated on 29 July, 2011 the Project “Upgrading the educational environment for women at the Girls´ Village”. The 817 square meters building consists of a computer laboratory equipped with one hundred computers, an audiovisual room and the supply of books and educational equipment.
The project was done with the goal of contributing to the betterment of educational aims and to the personal realization of girls of scarce resources. Furthermore the contribution to the reduction of poverty, development of gender in Guatemala and the formation of the girls in the academic area is aimed at. In this sense, two of the Millennium Development Goals have been met, which is to achieve universal primary education and to promote gender equality and empower women.
GOVERNMENT OF KOREA DONATES 2.8 US MILLION DOLLARS TO THE GOVERNMENT OF GUATEMALA
The Government of Korea through the Korea International Cooperation Agency –KOICA- supported the Superintendencia de Administration Tributaria (SAT) inaugurating on the third of August the Project “Improvement of Risk Management and the Establishment of a Data Warehouse”.
The investment of 2.8 US million dollars consisted of the development of a data warehouse and a risk management system for the SAT, equipment for the performance of the systems, dispatch of Korean experts to Guatemala and training in the theme of Customs.
The main purpose of the project is to help the country manage more efficiently international commerce, detect and select more accurately suspicious cargo, manage the collection of taxes in a more efficient manner and also to strengthen the bond of friendship between Korea and Guatemala.