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KOICA Development Research Award Winners

Over 180 submissions from 41 countries were received for the inaugural round of the KOICA Development Research Award 2014. The six winners successfully explored the relevance of Korea’s development experience for developing countries. The contest, funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and administered by GDN, identified and recognized research papers engaging in promising growth studies that investigate the salient features of Korea’s development experience and prospects for developing countries. The contest was judged by an eminent jury through a multi-stage review process.


First Prize

TRANG, Vu Thu (Vietnam),TRANG, Do Thu (Vietnam), HANH, Nguyen Thi My (Vietnam)
How to Mobilize Community Involvement in Vietnam Rural Development: Inspiration under the New Community Movement of Korea - Saemaul Undong

Second Prize

KASENDA, Daniel (Indonesia)
Can Asian Developing Countries Stuck in a “Middle-Income Trap” Learn from South Korea’s Economic Development Experience?

Third Prize

JURAEV, Sirojiddin (Uzbekistan)
Transition into Knowledge-based Economy: Relevance of Korean Experience to Growth Perspectives in Uzbekistan

Special Prize Winners

KOICA President’s Award for the Best Submission from a researcher from the 26 Priority Partner Countries of the Korean Government

ASONGU, Simplice (Cameroon)
Knowledge Economy Gaps, Policy Syndromes and Catch-up Strategies: Fresh South Korean Lessons to Africa

KOICA Award for the Best Submission from a Young Researcher/Team

TSEGAYE, Denu Lemma (Ethiopia)
The Nexus of Trade and Economic Growth in South Korea: An Empirical Analysis

KOICA Award for the Best Submission from a Woman Researcher/Team of Women Researchers

GATAV, Oyunbileg (Mongolia)
Foreign Policy of Developmental State: South Korean Foreign Policy Role During The First Oil Crisis


Winners were invited to attend the Prize Distribution Ceremony in Seoul, South Korea on 19 September 2014 which was followed by a two-day field visit in South Korea.

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