Although there have been many studies that have explored South Korean public attitudes towards ODA, this report presents the first elite survey on South Korean ODA. While South Korean elites, much like the public, favor continuation of the government’s ODA policy, our data reveals some non-trivial findings about potential improvements in existing public relations campaign and interesting ideological and gender differences among elites on various dimensions of existing policy.
This report has been made possible by the generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of this grant is to support Korea’s effort to sustain and increase engagement on global health and development issues. The authors would like to extend their gratitude to Ms. Yuko Watanabe and Ms. Kimberly Sutton, both Associate Program Officers at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for working with us and for their impactful work. Special thanks to Mr. Choi Sunghan for infographics.
Table of Contents
– ODA Support and Source of Information
– Public Perception about South Korea as a Developed Nation
– South Korean Elite Attitudes on ODA
– Survey Methodology
* The views expressed herein are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
Dr. J. James KIM is the senior research fellow and director of the Center for Regional Studies at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Seoul). He is also a lecturer in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Previously, Dr. Kim was an assistant professor of political science at the California State Polytechnic University (Pomona). He also served as a summer research associate at the RAND Corporation and as a statistical consultant for the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Planning at Columbia University. His primary research interests include national security, energy, public opinion, democracy, and methodology. Dr. Kim received a B.S. and M.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
Dr. CHOI Hyeonjung is a Senior Fellow of Center for Foreign Policy and National Security concurrently serves as the Director of the Publication and Communications Department at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. He is also an adjunct professor of sustainable development and cooperation at Underwood International College, Yonsei University. Previously, Dr. Choi was the Deputy Secretary for Green Growth and the Assistant Secretary for National Agenda at the Presidential Office of ROK. Dr. Choi also worked as a policy research fellow in the 17th Presidential Transition Committee. Prior to the public service positions, he was a research scholar at the Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo, Japan, and full-time instructor at the Korean Air Force Academy. Dr. Choi’s areas of research interest include national future strategy; climate change and sustainable development; renewable energy and green economy; international development assistance and cooperation; and non-traditional threats and human security. Dr. Choi received his B.A. and M.A. from Yonsei University and his Ph.D. in political economy from Purdue University, and he has been the recipient of the Order of National Service Merit and two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards.
John J. Lee
John J. Lee is a senior associate at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Mr. Lee is also a member of the Young Leaders Program at Pacific Forum CSIS. His research interests include Northeast Asian security, US foreign policy, political issues related to North Korea, and economic sanctions. He received his B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College and M.A. in International Studies from Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS).
Public Opinion Studies Team
Kang Chungku is a Principal Associate at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Prior to joining the Asan Institute, he was a research assistant at the Korea Dialogue Academy in Seoul. He earned both an M.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in English at Korea University. His research interests include quantitative research methods, survey design, and statistical data analysis.