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제목 : [Internship] African Development Bank, Tunisia 글쓴이 : 국제지역대학원증명
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Internship at the African Development Bank (AfDB)

Department of Indian-ASEAN Studies

Ha Neul LEE

Throughout the years of studies in the GSIAS-HUFS as a student in the department of Indian-ASEAN studies, I have been gradually gaining deep interest in international development, international economics, and Official Development Assistance studies. I was fortunate to see the notice from the GSIAS-HUFS website which was indicating that there would be a job fair in Seoul for all international development/financial institutions, hosted by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance. I applied by submitting resume for internship programs and luckily got selected for the internship position at the African Development Bank. Although I was a student of the ASEAN studies which is far from Africa, I grasped the opportunity to learn and gain experiences in the development field.

 

During my internship, the African Development Bank was located in Tunis, Tunisia as its temporary location after severe internal conflicts in Cote d’Ivoire, where the original headquarter of the Bank is situated, forced the Bank to seek for a different location for security and safety reasons. The Bank was sharing many functions in common with other developmental institutions such as United Nations and World Bank, and many times collaborated with these sister institutions for development projects in Africa. What makes the AfDB distinct from other developmental institutions was its position as a knowledge bank with specialty in the African continent. The Bank was rapidly growing due to the recent upsurge of world-wide interests in the African continent, and I could observe many trials-and-errors occurring in its institutional growth stage. However, it also provided a good opportunity for me to see how the Bank was strategically responding to these changes in the international market and the needs in Africa.

 

I carried out my internship for 8 months in total. For the first five months, I worked in the front office for the Vice President which is looking over three departments and one unit that are managed by the Vice President. The main tasks involved were to research on given topics and prepare briefings on research outcomes, and to prepare internal analysis reports on departmental performance as well as project performance. After completing five months of internship in the front office, I moved to the private sector department for the remaining months of my internship. The department carried out similar functions as investment banks by financing private institutions and corporates in Africa yet with more specific developmental purposes. My unit was financing financial intermediary institutions which were thought to have potential for positive impacts in the development of financial markets in Africa after careful evaluation. More specifically, I worked in the Fund Coordinator’s team for the Migration and Development Fund and the Microfinance Capacity Building Fund. The main tasks covered the entire project cycle from processing Call for Proposals to evaluating project proposals, preparing documents for internal approval, conducting due diligence trips and finally implementing and monitoring projects.

 

My internship experience at the AfDB was more than just work experiences. It was a golden chance to grasp the movements in the international politics and economics and to understand the motives behind these movements. Also, life in Tunisia, particularly right after the Jasmine Revolution, allowed me observe one country’s civil and political development throughout its transitional period from a country of one dictator man to a democratic country for the people. I would like to conclude by extending my thanks and appreciation to the HUFS-GSIAS and professors for encouraging students like me to go for the invaluable experience, to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance for providing such a good opportunity for many Korean students to realize their dreams, and finally to the African Development Bank for allowing me a chance to learn more than what I expected from it. Thank you.

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