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[Videoconference] Korea-ADB Conference on Knowledge Sharing and Development Effectiveness in the Asia and Pacific Region

Type Videoconference
Venue ADB, Ministry of Strategy and Finance Date 2011-10-07
 Background

  There is a growing recognition in the development community that developing countries need to take ownership of their development process to ensure more effective and self-sustained outcomes. To enable developing countries, building their capacity to formulate and implement policies and institutions conducive to growth will be critical. Indeed, development assistance is increasingly becoming more knowledge-driven, and the concept of knowledge sharing is emerging as a valuable complement to the transfer of technical and financial assistance. At the G20 Summit in Seoul in 2010, the sharing of development experiences through knowledge sharing was identified as one of the nine pillars critical to ensuring shared and self-sustained economic growth.
 
  Driven by the idea that countries can learn and draw valuable policy lessons from past experiences, the role of knowledge sharing as a tool of development continues to grow, but its place in development continues to evolve. The concept of knowledge sharing in the context of development remains nascent; the challenge of sharing knowledge to make practical, actionable policies remains. One way is ensuring that developing countries take ownership of their development process, promoting accountability and a results-based approach to policymaking. Having said this, it would not be a stretch to assume that Korea benefited greatly from its donors, not only in the diffusion of financial and technical assistance but also technocratic knowledge. Subsequently, Korea has over the course of its development accumulated a good deal of knowledge and insight that could prove useful to other countries. It is with this in mind that Korea has been actively pursuing sharing knowledge activities as part of ODA efforts by researching and disseminating its own experiences, and partnering with developing countries and international organizations to implement knowledge sharing projects.
 
  In acknowledging the growing importance of knowledge sharing, Korea and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are co-organizing a conference on “Knowledge Sharing and Development Effectiveness”, focusing on the role and functions of knowledge sharing in the Asia and Pacific region, in leading up to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) later this year. In the Asia and Pacific region, ADB has been leading the drive in implementing innovative knowledge initiatives as an integral part of its assistance to its developing member countries (DMCs). ADB has been proactive in knowledge sharing through North-South, South-South, and inter-regional cooperation, together with other donors and knowledge partners.

 Time Schedule

Time Topic Resource persons
2:30-2:40  Registration  
2:40-3:00  Briefing by Professor Kye Woo LEE  Professor Kye Woo Lee
3:00-5:30  Knowledge Sharing on Greater Harmonization, Coordination, and Effectiveness of Aid  Session chair: Professor Victor HSU, KDI School
 A Special Address on Knowledge Sharing and Development Effectiveness  Speaker: Stephen GROFF, Vice-President Operations 2, ADB
(Former Deputy Director, Development Cooperation Directorate, OECD)
 Presentation: World Bank Case Study on Aid Harmonization and Coordination in Nepal  Presenter: Bjorn-Soren GIGLER, World Bank
 Discussant: WooChong UM, Deputy Director General, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB
 Presentation: ADB Knowledge Sharing Centers’ Role and Functions  Presenter: Ryu FUKUI, Advisor, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB
 Discussant: Tae Yong YOON, Director General, International Economic Affairs Bureau, MOSF, Korea
 Coffee Break  
 Presentation: Challenges in Coordinating Aid among Donors in Laos(in Health Sector)  Presenter: Taejong KIM, Professor and Director of Development Lab, KDI School
 Discussant:
  Asmus HAMMERICH, Programme Management Officer (Health Systems), World Health Organization
  Sing MENORATH, Associate Professor, Vice President of University of Health Sciences (Academic Affairs)