Restoring the Economy

The Agency’s official historian, Mr. Whittiker wrote:”One of, if not the largest, tasks faced by the ROK and the aid programmes in 1952 was the repair of a heavily war-damaged industrial establishment. Not only had the reconstruction to be carried out, but equally essential was the expansion of certain facilities and the development of various new ones. The UNKRA industry programme, with projects totaling over $27 million, was planned and carried out based on this concept.”

[ View Full Screen ]
[ View Captions and Details ]

Instructions: Click on the play button to start the slideshow, display it full screen by clicking on the enlarge logo at the right bottom of the display pane and browse all the photographs using the stripe at the bottom of the image. Then, to display the captions, click on the “Show Info” link at the top right of the screen.


Background: Short History of UNKRA

Background: Short History of UNKRA

On 25 June 1950, South Korea was attacked by North Korea. Shortly after, the Unified Command intervened to try to restore peace and to bring relief to the population.

To support the Government in its task of reconstruction, the General Assembly created the UN Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA) by its resolution 410 (V) on 1 December 1951.

UNKRA was finally able to start its programme 180 days after the cessation of hostilities which prevented the Agency to be fully operational because of security issues.

Its efforts were focused on industry, mining, agriculture, education, housing and health in order to improve the economy and promote Korea’s long-term growth. During UNKRA’s operating period it implemented 260 major projects for a total expenditure of $127 million dollars, which equals $924 million in 2010.

The Archives and Records Management Section presents its virtual exhibition “The United Nations and South Korea: Partners in Reconstruction”  highlighting the work carried out by UNKRA in collaboration with the Government of South Korea and its people during this period of reconstruction.

Browse the Photo Galleries Read about the Photographers
Dig in to UNKRA archives Go through our timelines