Cultural Partnership Initiative

Republic of Korea
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Key objectives of the measure:

Cultural Partnership Initiative (Official Development Assistance)

▪The initiative seeks to pursue growth of cultural competence jointly with the partner countries and establish a global cultural network by sharing information with international cultural experts and engaging in collective artistic activities with them. It is a representative cultural ODA project to support the training for the cultural experts in underdeveloped countries and their artistic activities through the exchanges of cultural manpower. It secures a foundation for overseas advancement of Korean culture through diverse and continual cultural exchanges among cultural institutions and stakeholders such as the cultural organizations, foreign exchange partners and Korean missions abroad. 


Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

▪The project includes activities to invite cultural partners in underdeveloped countries to co-produce art works, to appoint a secretariat to hold workshops and discussion sessions and to organize programs to oversee post-production activities of the artists. The main activities are co-production of art works with the professional artists invited from underdeveloped countries of Asia and Africa. 

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

▪The project assists the underdeveloped countries in achieving meaningful cultural development. It forms a platform for Asian arts and cultural exchange, and expands the opportunity to enjoy arts and culture of Asian countries, which will generate stable growth of the Asian cultural industry. 

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

1,025,069 dollar (as of 2016)

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

▪ A research institute under the wing of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism conducted a survey on the cultural exchange project in 2014. The results of the survey are as follows. ① The Cultural Partnership Initiative was the most highly recognized among the ODA projects ② Participants in the cultural partnership programs responded to the survey that the project raised the economic, social and cultural profiles of Korea.   

Indicators used to determine impact:
The survey by the research institute (Korea Public Relations Research Institute)
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)