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Project for the Establishment of a National Museum in the DRC and Korea’s New ODA Strategy: The Contextualization of the DRC’s History and Culture

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The Project for the Establishment of a National Museum in the DRC, currently being carried out as a form of grant aid, is Korea’s first cultural ODA project. The purpose of the project is for a newly constructed DRC National Museum which will protect the cultural heritage of various ethnic groups, and to present their history in order to inspire national pride and integrate the nation. Furthermore, it is hoped that the project will aid the Congo perople in understanding their history correctly, and contribute to the historical and cultural development of their country. This case study can be used as a starting point for a more general understanding of African societies. It shows how this Project for the Establishment of a National Museum in the DRC is different in nature than other previous ODA projects, and asserts the importance and strategical selection of cultural ODA projects.

Affiliations: 1: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), Institute of African Studies (IAS)South Korea


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