The Post Pandemic Glocal Democracy;
Impact, Challenges, and Opportunities

May 21

Session Title Democracy and Official Development Assistance (ODA): Current Status and Tasks
Key Organizer The May 18 Memorial Foundation and KAIDEC
Time  May 21,2021 (Fri.) 12:00-14:00 KST (GMT +9)
Modality / Language Hybrid / Korean (Onsite for participants from Gwangju area / Online for other areas)
Objectives Evaluating Korea’s ODA from the perspective of promoting international democracy and seeking ways to support democratization and human rights movements in the international community, including Myanmar.
Main Topics & Issues to be addressed
  • Korea’s ODA and promotion of democracy and human rights
  • Financial support for international community and especially for democratic movements in developing countries (e.g., Myanmar)
  • May 18 Democratic Support Funding Act
Background
  • This year, the May 18 Memorial Foundation transformed the existing Gwangju Asia Forum into the Gwangju Democratic Forum (GDF) and brought about changes to its form and contents. In addition, the Foundation aims to strengthen the internationalization of traditional state violence and transitional justice issues while significantly supplementing the current and future-oriented democratic agenda.
  • Specifically, the agenda of the ongoing international democratic movement, such as Myanmar's democratization movement, will be dealt with from the perspective of the Asian mid- to long-term democratic movement. Various democratic issues such as elections, the internet, migration, refugees, and SDGs will be addressed as well.
  • Meanwhile, a joint action agenda – The Gwangju Democracy Agenda 2030 – will be drawn up and consistently implemented through an assessment of the current status of democracy at the global level with existing and new partner organizations and institutions.
  • The Korean government has continuously increased ODA, but it has mainly focused on poverty eradication and economic development projects with the governments of developing countries. It was evaluated as relatively passive in promoting democracy and human rights in developing countries and in support for the development of civil society.
  • As in the recent Myanmar democratization movement, it is extremely urgent to systematically support democratization movements and civil society organizations and their activities as well as provide humanitarian support (refugees, etc.) for citizens/residents in countries whose democracy is vulnerable, such as in the case of Myanmar.
  • As shown in the recent democratization movement in Myanmar, systematic support for democratization movements and civil society organizations and their activities as well as humanitarian support for citizens and residents of countries whose democracy is vulnerable, like Myanmar, are extremely urgent. For this, legal and institutional action are needed.
  • In this process, it is necessary to actively utilize the knowledge, experience, and network that the 5.18 Foundation has accumulated over the past 20 years. This session will specifically propose and discuss the establishment of a “5.18 International Democratic Fund.”
  • Moderator: KIM Sung Gyu (Research Fellow, Seoul National University and Chairperson, Korea Association of International Development of Cooperation)
  • Welcom Remark: JUNG Dong Nyun (Chairperson, The May 18 Memorial Foundation)
  • Speakers
    • MUN Kyung Young (Professor, Jeonbuk National University)
    • KWON Goo Soon (Professor, Seoul Cyber University)
  • Panelists
    • Lee Jung Ok (Fomer Minister of Gender Equality and Family)
    • Shin Jae Eun, Director, Policy · Education Center of KCOC
    • Hong Moon Suk, Assistant Professor, Busan University of Foreign Studies
    • Han Jae Kwang (Professor, Kyung Hee University Graduate School of Public Policy & Civic Engagement)


KIM Sung Gyu
Role in the Session Moderator
Position and Organizational Affiliation Research Fellow, Seoul National University and Chairperson, Korea Association of International Development of Cooperation
Nationality Korea
JUNG Dong Nyun
Role in the Session Welcome Remark
Position and Organizational Affiliation Chairperson, The May 18 Memorial Foundation
Nationality Korea
MUN Kyung Young
Role in the Session Speaker
Position and Organizational Affiliation Professor, Jeonbuk National University
Nationality Korea
KWON Goo Soon
Role in the Session Speaker
Position and Organizational Affiliation Professor, Seoul Cyber University
Nationality Korea
Lee Jung Ok
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Fomer Minister of Gender Equalityand Family
Nationality Korea
Lee Kwang Su
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Professor, Busan University of Foreign Studies
Nationality Korea
Shin Seungmin
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Director of National Council of Churches in Korea
Nationality Korea
Han Jae Kwang
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Professor, Kyung Hee University Graduate School of Public Policy & Civic Engagement
Nationality Korea



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