UNDP Highlights Partnership with Seoul Metropolitan Government at Annual Networking Meeting

Feb 23, 2016

Presentation of UNDP’s longstanding partnership with Seoul (Photo: USPC)

At an annual networking meeting of over 100 participants hosted by Mr Chang-beom Kim, Ambassador of Seoul for International Relations, the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) was invited by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) to present its Development Solutions Partnership (DSP) work as a best practice of SMG’s partnership with international organizations housed in Seoul. Participants included representatives from international organizations and NGOs active in Seoul, as well as staff from various departments of SMG.

Since early 2015, USPC has partnered with the Seoul Metropolitan Infrastructure Headquarters to share Seoul’s Clean Construction System (CCS) under the DSP on Open Data and Public Construction Management.

Introduced in 2011, CCS is an effective technological and institutional approach to enhancing transparency, efficiency, and the protection of construction workers’ rights in the public construction sector. The system won the prestigious UN Public Service Award in 2013, in recognition of its innovation and potential for application in other countries.

As one of the two main presenters at the meeting, Ms. Ahjung Lee, Policy Specialist at USPC, shared the components of and lessons learnt from USPC’s successful partnership with SMG under the DSP,  the related International Training Workshop on Public Construction Transparency co-organized with SMG last year, and a roadmap for continued future partnership.

Initiated in 2014, DSP is a new approach for USPC, acting as a knowledge broker and facilitator, to connect Korea with the wider UNDP network and enhance the Korea-UNDP partnership on strategic development issues globally. DSPs work through triangular cooperation among Korean Government institutions, UNDP, and partner countries.

The ‘Open Data and Public Construction Management’ DSP is one of two DSPs UPSC is currently conducting alongside the ‘Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Systems’ DSP in partnership with Korea’s Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC).

In her presentation, Ms. Lee discussed how the partnership with SMG has shown that there is a real demand from around the world to learn about Seoul’s innovations and practical know-hows, and that it takes concerted efforts to capture, share and apply policy innovations in concrete ways. “With country-level presence around the world, UNDP has strategic advantages in facilitating not only dynamic exchanges of development knowledge and experience, but also country-level adaptations and applications of good practices, as appropriate to particular local contexts,” she concluded.

Mr Artemy Izmestiev, Policy Specialist at USPC, also gave an institutional presentation of USPC’s current work plan as part of a tour de table of all international organizations and INGOS residing in Seoul.

The meeting took place in Seoul on 23 February, 2016.