At the TaiwanICDF, all of our work develops from cooperation and dialogue with our partner countries, from an understanding of regional issues influencing development among these partners, and from a keen focus on international development trends. Our project work targets the needs of our partners in accordance with a rigorous set of operational principles.
TaiwanICDF activities focus on four core areas of operations: lending and investment, technical cooperation, humanitarian assistance, and international education and training. Each of these areas of operation is represented by a department within our organization.
Project Methodologies and the Project Cycle We understand that development work yields the greatest benefits when projects are delivered efficiently and effectively throughout the full length of the project cycle.
Each of our projects goes through identification, preparation and appraisal phases before any physical work begins in earnest. During these stages, we work with stakeholders to agree on a set of specific development goals for a project. We also plan forthcoming implementation and evaluation phases by setting realistic timetables and specifying inputs expected of relevant local stakeholders.
Once a project has been implemented, evaluation remains an essential part of the process. Proper evaluation allows us to recognize the benefits and drawbacks of our methods and informs our work on future projects. At the TaiwanICDF, projects are judged on the basis of their social, economic and financial success. As clearly as possible, we also assess what did or did not work in the initial stages of project design and weigh up whether the project schedule made the most efficient use of resources. These measures have the ultimate effect of benefiting partner countries by improving future projects.
Technical Cooperation Working in line with partner countries’ national development strategies and goals, throughout project identification, preparation and negotiation we conduct a full and accurate analysis of the challenges and bottlenecks that such partners face as part of the development process. We have also placed capacity building and skills transfer at the heart of our technical cooperation projects, employing a range of methods such as professional counseling, technical training, upgrading and operational guidance. This helps partners to overcome technical deficits, increase added value and progressively improve people’s quality of life.
Humanitarian Assistance In terms of humanitarian assistance work, the TaiwanICDF endeavors to provide recovery assistance in the aftermath of natural disasters in our partner or friendly countries, addressing the humanitarian needs of disaster-stricken communities. The TaiwanICDF also engages in operations in public health and medicine. We integrate domestic medical resources and Taiwan’s experience in implementing foreign aid projects – such as those involving epidemic prevention and the implementation of medical and public health systems – to assist partner countries to strengthen public health and medicine.
Lending and Investment Our lending and investment operations include lending and investment activities alongside technical assistance to build capacity or project preparatory technical assistance. Projects most often focus on infrastructure and public works, social investment, and agricultural and private sector development. These initiatives help to raise incomes and improve living standards throughout our partner countries. By offering a professional service and helping partner countries to make the best use of their resources, such efforts have done much to strengthen relationships between the TaiwanICDF and our overseas partners. We also work closely with a number of international development organizations, pooling resources and aligning expertise to ensure that our work is directed to maximum effect and assists as many people as possible.
International Education and Training Our international education and training work is dedicated to boosting human resources across a wide range of disciplines and age groups. As part of this process, we oversee cooperation with the Taiwan International Cooperation Alliance (TICA), a coalition of 16 local universities, through which we offer a number of undergraduate and graduate degree courses. Participating students receive scholarships to study in Taiwan and all programs are taught in English. Campus activities organized in association with TICA institutions allow Taiwanese students to work with overseas students and become more engaged in international affairs.
Overseas, international education and training operations also involve working with international organizations on various projects designed to help partner countries foster local human resources in a sustainable manner.