Saemual Initiative: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities

Associate Administrator with Korean Deputy MinisterUNDP's former Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan and the Korean Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs, SHIN Dong-ik, signing agreement to advance rural development and gender equality in developing countries. Photo: UNDP

The Saemaul Udong initiative, or the New Village Movement, aims to update, integrate and scale up proven successful elements of the initiative and its application into an exemplary systematic approach and effective platform for development cooperation.

The expanded initiative is intended to:

(1) identify proven approaches and policy options for inclusive and sustainable local development, drawing on the expertise of Saemaul and other relevant solutions from development partners, including those from the South;

(2) achieve impact of the integrated local development approaches known as Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities at both the local and national policy levels through its application to an initial set of countries; and

(3) facilitate South-South and Triangular cooperation and knowledge exchange through support to centres of excellence to disseminate evidence-based results and experiences from the initial applications, with the aim of achieving impact at the regional and global levels.

Overall, this project will demonstrate how various development cooperation modalities, oversea development assistance, domestic resource mobilization, and South-South and Triangular cooperation can effectively complement each other in one development initiative and will provide substantive evidence to inform the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Saemaul Undong (SMU) is a movement of sustainable development in the Republic of Korea that transformed that nation from a developing to a developed country in a single generation. Saemaul Undong means “New Village Movement” in Korean. It is a successful rural and integrated local development programme that flourished in the 1970s, and as its iconic motto of “Let‘s Live Well” illustrates, it was a movement aiming at better lives through small-scale self-help projects and brought the Koreans around the same empowering dream: getting themselves out of poverty . 

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