Over the past five years, Korea has actively sought to expand its influence within the international community by holding multinational meetings and attracting international organizations to host events within Korea, such as the G20 Summit in 2010, the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2011, the Nuclear Security Summit in 2012, and the Global Climate Fund in 2013. Also Korea joined OECD/DAC in 2012 and the government has raised the Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget each year. The Park Geun-Hye administration has included ODA to major government projects for the first time in history.
As the Korean government places a growing emphasis on international issues, the Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice (CCEJ) strengthens its watchdog role over the government’s international engagements. The CCEJ was founded in 1989 in environments where the lives of citizens were threatened socially and economically despite democratic initiatives, as a result of the people’s nationwide democracy movements in June 1987. Their slogan, “Let’s achieve economic justice through citizens’ power,” reflected their belief that deep-rooted economic injustices could not be cured by the government alone, but ultimately must be solved by the organized power of citizens. the CCEJ was placed in consultative status with UN ECOSOC in 1999. In 2003, the CCEJ won the Livelihood Awards, also referred to as the Alternative Nobel Prize.
CCEJ International focuses on policy advocacy activities on ODA system which is fragmented by each ministry, government office, and local government. The CCEJ International reveals the facts and the effects of the fragmented ODA system and draft viable suggestions to relieve the system. By those activities, it is expected the CCEJ International would contribute to improve Korea’s ODA system gradually.
At the same time, the CCEJ International is a gateway of Korean civil society. e-Civil Society serves as a linkage between Korean society and the international community by localizing international issues and globalizing Korean issues. Civil Society was a quarterly publication of the CCEJ until 2005. By renewing the publication of Civil Society as the e-Civil Society journal in 2013, it will play a key role in illuminating prominent issues within Korean society for international observers and the global community