A study on effectiveness of utilizing local R&D centers in science and technology ODA projects: Focusing on the black pearl cultivation project of the Korea institute of ocean science & technology and micronesia
- A study on effectiveness of utilizing local R&D centers in science and technology ODA projects: Focusing on the black pearl cultivation project of the Korea institute of ocean science & technology and micronesia
- Jang, D.; Kang, G.; Kwon, M.-S.; Park, H.-S.; Kim, T.-Y.; Lim, H.-B.
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- Jang, Duckhee(장덕희); Kang, Gil Mo(강길모); Park, Heung-Sik(박흥식)
- The purpose of this study is to demonstrate, through case studies, the usefulness of utilizing local R&D centers under science and technology ODA programs. For the past few decades, advanced countries have supported ODA projects of developing countries, but there have been negative opinions regarding the results. Through a case study of the black pearl cultivation project between the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology and Micronesia, this study explains the usefulness of actively utilizing Korean R&D centers established and operational in recipient countries. Although black pearl cultivation is not an ODA project, the case study offers valuable insights as it is operated in a similar form and thus highly applicable to future projects. Based on the case study, four implications were derived to ensure the successful operations of science and technology ODA projects in the future. First, there is a need to improve relevance by making use of the technological capacities of local R&D institutes to develop projects that reflect the needs of recipient and donor countries. Second, trust must be established with local communities over the long term in order to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of project operations. Third, the proportion of science and technology ODA projects must be expanded to acquire sustainability, and more support should be granted to ODA projects involving marine resources, which are an advantage for countries of Micronesia. Lastly, the locals should be offered employment opportunities and regular training programs to allow for the actual transfer of knowledge instead of mere techniques. The implications derived in this study will prove useful in pursuing science and technology ODA projects, especially with Micronesia.
- Ocean and Polar Research, v.35, no.4, pp.383 - 394, 2013
- cultivation; developing world; research and development; science and technology; social capital; sustainability; technological development; Korea; Micronesia
- Black Pearl Farming; Collaborative technology development project; Micronesia; ODA; Partnership; Social capital
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