April 19, 2021

The ups and downs of working in North Korean aid

Former aid worker discusses life on the ground – and the effect of sanctions on agencies’ day to day

The world of foreign aid is a murky one, not least in North Korea, where international organizations and NGOs operate under strict restrictions imposed on them by the state.

Amid tight government regulations and the impact of international sanctions on the ground, many workers from the agencies present in the DPRK could be forgiven for feeling that change is happening at a snail’s pace.