Korea - World Bank Group Partnership Facility
About the Program

The Korea - World Bank Partnership Facility (KWPF), established in May 2013, is an initiative to strengthen ties between Korea’s Ministry of Economy and Finance (MoEF) and the World Bank Group (WBG). The facility’s overall objective is to assist developing member countries of the WBG in achieving inclusive and sustainable economic growth and to foster broader dialogue on economic development issues. 

Through this Facility, the Government of Korea has provided US$90 million during FY14-FY16 (Phase I) and a replenishment of US$90 million from FY17 through FY19 (Phase II). 

The Facility is structured to comprise of three pillars of collaboration: 

  • Financing for Global and Regional WBG Programs (Window 1), a “pass through” window through which funding for WBG managed global programs across a range of global development initiatives flows; 

  • Co-financing of WBG Country Investments (Window 2) which provides funding for WBG lending projects that are closely aligned with Korea’s policy of international economic cooperation as well as the WBG’s relevant country and thematic strategies; and 

  • Generation and Transfer of Development Knowledge (Window 3), which supports WBG technical assistance, project identification, capacity building and knowledge exchange activities undertaken in close collaboration with Korean organizations that seek to leverage Korea’s development experience to develop cross-regional learning, research, and knowledge exchange. 

The Facility is managed with a significant emphasis on results, and seeks to support WBG projects that are designed to maximize development impact. In doing so, the Facility emphasizes strong alignment with the WBG’s lending operations and strategic policy dialogue, as well as on sharing Korea’s development experiences with developing countries. The program also has a focus on involving Korean institutional partners in sharing Korea’s development experience with developing countries. 

The KWPF Secretariat is housed within the Trust Funds and Partner Relations unit of the Development Finance Vice Presidency (DFi) at the World Bank Group. The Secretariat organizes Annual Consultations with MoSF to discuss the objectives, design and operation of the program, agree upon the thematic and regional priorities for each of the calls for proposals, and review the implementation progress of the program.



The Korea-World Bank Partnership Facility (KWPF) supports a broad range of economic development opportunities with a focus on promoting best practices by leveraging the WBG’s knowledge and convening power and Korea’s expertise. KWPF is funding activities in various stages of implementation that are demonstrating some promising early results. For Window 2, four grants are currently in the early stages of implementation and co-finance concrete activities of WBG investment projects in diverse sectors (water, trade and competitiveness, social protection, land, and agriculture) and regions (Africa, South Asia, and Europe and Central Asia). Window 3 is funding innovative technical assistance/policy dialog, capacity building, proof of concept, applied research, and knowledge exchange activities that task teams can implement relatively quickly and are contributing effectively to larger development goals.

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    Partnering for Skills Development in East Asia and the Pacific

    East Asia and the Pacific countries are among the fastest growing economies in the world. Growth is particularly dynamic in the industry and service sectors. As countries’ economies become increasingly more developed, East Asia and the Pacific is confronted with critical skills challenges. The Korea-World Bank Partnership Facility-funded Skills and Job Creation Program has the ultimate aim of building skills and the capacity to create jobs for ongoing development across East Asia Pacific. It supports a variety of learning events, skills exchanges, and annual forums to advocate for, and share best practices on, accelerating the creation of a critical mass of highly skilled young professionals and innovators in East Asia Pacific.
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    Youth Employment in the Animation Industry in Jamaica

    Jamaica is seeking to continue the growth of its animation sector efforts are being made to forge lasting collaborative relationships with other regions. This activity aims to facilitate an exchange between Korea and Jamaica, which would allow Jamaica to learn from Korea’s extensive experience in nurturing and sustaining its successful globally-competitive animation industry, while allowing Korea to extend its brand in a tangible way, promoting trade with the Caribbean region and establishing partnerships to expedite industry growth.
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    Developing a Partnership between Korea and Africa for Human Resource and Skills Development in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)

    PASET is an initiative owned and led by African countries formed in 2013 in response to the critical need to strengthen the scientific and technological capacity of Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, to advance their development and economic transformation. To achieve this goal, PASET espouses collaboration between African governments, the private sector, development partners, and new partner countries from Asia (including Korea) and Latin America
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    World Bank - Korea cooperation on ICT and education issues

    The World Bank enjoys a productive, multi-year strategic partnership with the Republic of Korea exploring a wide range of issues related to the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) in education. Under this partnership, the World Bank works closely with the Korean Education and Research Information Service (KERIS) as the key counterpart organization in Korea. Highlights of this partnership include an annual global symposium on ICT use in education (GSIE), which, over the course of its ten year history, has helped to establish Korea as a global hub for insight, knowledge sharing and networking for high level government officials, practitioners and experts around topics related to the use of new technologies in education. In addition, partnership with Korea has been instrumental to a veriety of activities under the World Bank's SABER-ICT initiative, including developing globally comparable, national ICT and education indicators, mapping ICT/education policies around the world, and supporting the World Bank Education, Technology & Innovation: SABER-ICT Technical Paper Series.
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    Combating Cybercrime: Tools and Capacity Building for Emerging Economies

    This project comprises of four principal components: i) development of a Toolkit on capacity building to combat cybercrime (in a book and web format); ii) completion of a Cybercrime Capacity Building Assessment; iii) development of a “virtual library” of best practices in the area of combatting cybercrime; and iv) in-country assessments. The project has conducted best practice research through meetings and consultations with project partners – the Council of Europe (OCTOPUS), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and Oxford University – as well as the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and European Police Office (Europol). Participation in cybercrime events and consultations with these and other relevant organizations has validated the project approach and design, and served as input into the Toolkit, validating demand by developing countries for the kind of knowledge “portal” that the Toolkit will provide, including the value of the in-country assessments provided by the Assessment Tool. The Korea Supreme Prosecutor’s Office (KSPO) contribution was instrumental. The Toolkit is a knowledge product that will be available in hard-copy and electronic format. It will act as a “portal” of best practices in the legal aspects of fighting cybercrime, with links to project partners’ materials and the “virtual library” being established. The Toolkit will include the Assessment, and will be available as a stand-alone product on the Project website. Together, the Toolkit, Assessment Tool and Virtual Library will be available as global public good.
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    Internet of Things (IoT) for Agriculture

    Piloting Automated Sensor Applications for Improving Rice Water Efficiency
    Recent advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), especially the spread of cell phones and declining costs of sensors have created new opportunities to address future rice demand, while drastically reducing GHG emission and water usage, a global challenge that needs to be addressed. This pilot project is testing the feasibility of applying soil moisture, water pressure and/or water sufficiency based sensors and partially and/or fully automating irrigation decisions through simple Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM)-based and/or Android cell phones in West Bengal, India and Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Once implemented, automated sensors will allow farmers to remotely monitor their paddy fields and make more accurate decisions on when to irrigate them. At a later stage of the project, irrigation decisions could be fully automated through sensors directly communicating with irrigation pumps. This sensor application will potentially help conserve water, reduce costs, save time, and will help promote higher adoption levels of Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) technology in locations were pre-conditions are conducive. Currently, the use of automated sensors is very limited in developing countries, but the technology holds enormous potential for expansion, especially in South East Asia and South Asia. Learning from the South Korean experience around Smart Farm Initiatives, the project seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge on the potential application of sensors for improving irrigation efficiency in developing countries.
A Partnership Committed to Sharing Development Excellence

The Trust Funds and Partner Relations unit of the Development Finance Vice Presidency (DFi) at the World Bank Group manages (i) the Korea-World Bank Partnership Facility (KWPF), (ii) the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF)-World Bank (WB) Co-financing Facility, and (iii) the Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP)-WB Joint Consulting Program.

Korea, an aid recipient less than two decades ago, is now a donor with an increasingly coherent and coordinated Official Development Assistance (ODA) strategy utilizing expertise of relevant ministries. The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MoEF) aims to link its various ODA programs including (i) bilateral development cooperation through the EDCF, and (ii) development programming through partnerships with Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) via Trust Funds (TFs) and the Green Climate Fund. MoSF aims to effectively transfer Korea’s expertise and experience to recipient Countries with high development demand in cooperation with the World Bank Group (WBG) through TFs such as KWPF, a Co-Financing Agreement between EDCF and WB, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Joint Consulting under Korea’s KSP.

KWPF aims to share Korea’s successful development experience with developing countries through collaboration between the Bank, the Government of Korea, and Korean organizations. Since the inception of the Facility, the dialogue and collaboration between WBG project teams and many Korea institutions is ongoing in the agriculture, health, ICT, and skills development sectors. Every approved grant under Windows 2 and 3 strives for engagement/collaboration with at least one Korean institution/expert. 

Partner Programs

  • Annual Reports

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  • Publications

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    ICT in Agriculture

    Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge, Networks and Institutions
    ICT in Agriculture, Updated Edition is the revised version of the popular ICT in Agriculture e-Sourcebook, first launched in 2011 and designed to support practitioners, decision makers, and development partners who work at the intersection of ICT and agriculture. Our hope is that this updated Sourcebook will be a practical guide to understanding current trends, implementing appropriate interventions, and evaluating the impact of ICT interventions in agricultural programs.
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    Combatting Cybercrime

    Tools and Capacity Building for Emerging Economies
    The Toolkit is a knowledge product available in hard-copy and electronic format. It is a “portal” of best practices in the legal aspects of fighting cybercrime, with links to project partners’ materials and a “virtual library”.
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    Building and Sustaining National Educational Technology Agencies : Lessons, Models and Case Studies from Around the World

    National educational technology agencies (‘ICT/education agencies’, and their functional equivalents) play important roles in the implementation and oversight of large scale initiatives related to the use of information and communication technologies in education in many countries. That said, little is known at a global level about the way these organizations operate, how they are structured, and how they typically evolve over time. By documenting emerging lessons from the histories of various national educational technology agencies and their functional equivalents, which are typically responsible for similar roles but which can differ radically in form by country and over time, it is hoped that this publication can help inform perspectives of decision makers considering how to create and support such an institution, the forms it might take, what roles it might take on, and how these forms and roles might be expected to evolve over time. Case studies from Korea (KERIS), Malaysia (Smart Schools), England (Becta), Chile (Enlaces), Armenia (NaCET), Uruguay (Plan Ceibal); Indonesia (PUSTEKKOM), Costa Rica (Omar Dengo Foundation), Thailand (Schoolnet Thailand), Australia (EdNA) and the Philippines are included, as well as a discussion of general lessons from international experiences, and pointers to other notable institutions around the world.
  • Financing TVET in the East Asia and Pacific Region : Current Status, Challenges and Opportunities

    “Palmer, Robert. 2017. Financing TVET in the East Asia and Pacific Region : Current Status, Challenges and Opportunities. World Bank, Washington, DC. © World Bank.
  • National Qualification Framework and Competency Standards : Skills Promotion and Job Creation in East Asia and Pacific

    “Bateman, Andrea; Liang, Xiaoyan. 2016. National Qualification Framework and Competency Standards : Skills Promotion and Job Creation in East Asia and Pacific. World Bank, Washington, DC. © World Bank

About the KWPF Portfolio

The Government of Korea provided US$90 million during FY14-FY16 (Phase I) and a replenishment of US$90 million from FY17 through FY19 (Phase II).

During Phase 1, the program committed $9.76 million to Window 2 grants, $25.17 million to Window 3 grants (see list here), and $44.53 million to Window 1 programs, all together representing 88 percent of the $90 million contributions received.


Windows 2 and 3, Number of Proposals Received and Grants Approved during Phase I of KWPF, FY2014–16



First Call

Second Call

Third Call

Fourth Call



Oct. 22, 2013

Feb. 28, 2014

Mar. 17, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015


Window 2


   # Proposals Received






   # Proposals Approved






   $ Millions Committed






Window 3


   # Concepts Received






   # Proposals Approved






   $ Millions Committed












   # Proposals Approved







$ Millions Committed







Currently, the sectoral priorities for Window 3 are the following- agriculture, skills development and jobs, universal health coverage, and ICT. There are no sectoral priorities for Window 2. The regional focus of KWPF has gradually broadened over time. The first call for Windows 2 and 3 specified countries primarily in South Asia (SAR) and in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP). The second call for Window 2 also specified countries in SAR and EAP, while that for Window 3 specified proposals with a global focus. The third call for Windows 2 and 3 specified all regions, with priority given to country and regional issues in SAR, EAP, and Africa (AFR). The fourth, fifth, and sixth calls for Windows 2 and 3 welcomed proposals from all regions.

The largest Window 2 and 3 commitments have been made to ICT, agriculture, education, and health activities (in that order) — collectively accounting for $26.98 million (77 percent) of the total $34.93 million committed. The largest Window 2 and 3 commitments have also been made to Sub-Saharan Africa, global activities, and East Asia and the Pacific — collectively accounting for $24.23 million (69 percent) of the total committed.


The following Window 1 programs have received support from Korea through KWPF

Window 1
Public Expenditure Management Network in Asia (PEMNA)

WBI Global Program on Knowledge Sharing SDTF (LLI)

Poverty Dynamics and Public Service Delivery MDTF (Knowledge for Change Program)

Governance Partnership Facility Korea SDTF

IFC Comprehensive Trust Fund

WBG Seoul Office

MDTF for Statistical Capacity Building III

Global Facility on Growth for Development SDTF

Korea's Donor Funded Staffing Program*

Digital Development Partnership


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