Jacob Bathanti is a consultant at the World Bank, working with the GDI team. Jacob joined the World Bank in 2014. His work with GDI focuses principally on delivery case studies.
Catalyzing Female Leadership and Participation in Rural Development: The Saemaul Women Associations in the Republic of Korea
This case study examines the emergence of the Saemaul Undong Women's Association in the Republic of Korea from 1972 to 1979. This initiative was carried out as part of the Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement), a nationwide community development project. The Saemaul Undong combined top-down aspects, in that it was mandated and directed by the central govenerment, and bottom-up aspects, in that villages had broad leeway in terms of the projects that they took on at the local level. The same was true for the Saemaul Women's Associations.
e-Government for Better Civil Services: How the Korean Government Implemented the e-Registration System
A National ID is called a “Resident ID” in Korea. The system is called the resident registration system because the system is based on a resident’s address where the local government is in charge. This act requires each citizen to register his/her personal information and provides a unique ID number that cannot be changed. Under this act, each household is obligated to register with the local administration and provide moving-in data when it moves to a new house. The National e-Government Development Program was launched to construct an e-RRS from 1992 to early 2000s.
The Model Ward Initiative aimed to effect comprehensive community development, encompassing a wide range of outcomes and indicators, particularly clustered in the areas of health, women’s and children’s rights, and water and sanitation. To achieve this, it would have to mobilize communities and overcome a range of political obstacles.
Delivery Challenge and How Practitioners Responded
The Model Ward Initiative started out in a single ward, adopting a pilot-learn-adapt-scale up approach.