LO COOP presents and explores collaboration on SSE at KOICA headquarters

On Thursday July 6, ILO COOP had the opportunity to present areas of work and potential for collaboration to staff from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) at their Headquarters in Seongnam.

News | 24 July 2023
After ILO COOP colleagues completed a Mission in Busan and Seoul, South Korea they were able to visit KOICA’s campus in person and meet with relevant staff including You-ah Chung (General Director, Multilateral Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Dept.), Jisoo Lee (Project Manager, MCHA Dept.), Beeseon Chu (Program Officer, ILO Focal Point, MCHA Dept.) and others.

The meeting was set up by Dong Il Choi (Sr. Technical Specialist in Cooperative & SSE Statistics) and included participation of colleagues both in-person and online. The objective of the seminar was to further advance KOICA staff’s understanding of the work of the ILO in general and the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit (COOP), in particular regarding delivering on decent work and sustainable development in and through the social and solidarity economy (SSE). Project case studies related to formalization, youth and women’s employment, care economy, child labour, forced displacement and crises response were highlighted by relevant field and HQ colleagues.

The title of the Seminar was, “The ILO’s Work in and Through the SSE, Operations and best practice of replicable project examples in Humanitarianism/the SSE’ and the agenda included opening remarks, introductions from Beeseon Chu (KOICA), Simel Esim (ILO), and project case studies presented by field colleagues. Ayse Turunc Kankal discussed refugee response through women’s cooperatives in Turkey. Guy Tchami gave an update on a KOICA funded project in Cameroon highlighting the role of empowering women for resilient economies and peaceful communities in refugee-affected settings. Youssef Belhassen Fennira then spoke about youth employment through the SSE in Tunisia. And Heejin Ahn shared about the second phase of the project ‘Strengthening the Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia’. Finally, Rayann Koudaih shared about SSE interventions in Lebanon. The presentation ended with questions from KOICA staff and information-sharing related to their development cooperation funding process.

The ILO COOP team looks forward to continuing this relationship with KOICA and engaging their staff at the country office level. Relevant project proposals are now being developed in conjunction with ILO field staff regarding intersecting areas of interest and in accordance with KOICA’s country strategies and plans.