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Humanitarian Assistance

Definition of Humanitarian Assistance

  • Humanitarian assistance is a set of activities carried out by the global community in order to protect the lives and basic human rights of those suffering from natural disasters, conflicts, diseases and other crises. As an emerging donor country, the Korean government is actively taking part in international humanitarian efforts based on the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence.

ROK Government’s Policy Directions for Humanitarian Assistance

  • Through measures such as the Overseas Emergency Relief Act (enacted in March 2007), Policy Framework on Overseas Emergency Relief (September 2015) and Humanitarian Assistance Strategy (March 2015), the Korean Government has established legal and institutional basis at the domestic level to ensure effective implementation of humanitarian assistance.

    When selecting beneficiary for humanitarian assistance, we consider various factors including disaster situation, the response capacity of the country in question, requests from the international community such as the United Nations, and assistance provided by other countries. In particular, the Korean government is focusing on the most vulnerable groups such as children and women in the fields of education and health where Korea has comparative advantages.

Humanitarian Assistance for Refugees

  • In 2017, the Korean government provided approximately 65 million USD of humanitarian assistance to more than 50 crisis situations worldwide including countries in protracted crisis situations such as Syria and Iraq. Through this assistance, the Korean government has actively shared in the efforts of the international community to address humanitarian crisis situations caused by conflicts, refugee crises, and natural disasters. The Korean government has especially focused on building capacities and the resilience of vulnerable groups; including women, refugees, and children; by supporting their education, health, and vocational training.