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2016 Fragile or Conflict-Affected Situations Rural Community-Driven Development Knowledge Exchange
May 31-June 04, 2016Daejeon, Sejong, and Seoul, Republic of Korea

The 2016 Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations (FCS) Rural Community-Driven Development (CDD) Knowledge Exchange brings together representatives from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Kenya, and Philippines, all FCS countries, to gain knowledge and to conceptualize potential approaches to improving community development efforts based on the implementation experiences and results of the Republic of Korea’s Saemaul Undong program. The Saemaul Undong program strove to improve the living standards and job opportunities of the rural areas of Korea in the 1970’s by applying an incentive based community driven development approach. Similar to many CDD programs worldwide, Saemaul Undong expanded from an initial focus on public goods, to supporting group savings and productive activities benefiting both households and communities. Participants will visit Saemaul Undong sites, learn of the background and approaches used under the program, explore specific strategies for enhancing rural welfare and jobs creation, analyze specific enabling and constraining factors, and to apply these experiences to the specific context and needs of their individual country programs. This knowledge exchange is hosted by the Korean Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management. Through the CDD Global Solutions Group (GSG), the World Bank will facilitate follow-up dialogue and networking with the participating governments.

The Korean Development Institute and the World Bank, with financial support from the Government of the Republic of Korea and the World Bank, will jointly organize the 2016 FCS Rural CDD Knowledge Exchange. This knowledge exchange will be held for seven days from Monday, Monday 30 to Sunday, June 5 in Daejeon, Sejong, and Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The purpose of the knowledge exchange is to:  

  • Improve participant knowledge or skills in addressing one or more constraints faced in their program
  • Develop a network of practitioners that will continue to exchange information and learn from each other’s programs

Target Audience and Partner Countries: Senior program management and policy makers of various national CDD programs from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Kenya, and Philippines. World Bank staff working closely with one or more of the national programs will also participate in the learning event to help facilitate discussions and follow-up on agreed actions.