Founded in Canada by two young social entrepreneurs in 2009, Pyongyang Project is a self-sustaining social enterprise dedicated to pioneering projects in the field of education, human development, knowledge exchange and educational tourism in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, or, North Korea) and China's Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.
A social enterprise by definition is a profit-generating, financially self-sufficient venture that also serves a social good; for us, that good is to provide opportunities in capacity building and education for North Koreans both in the DPRK and abroad. We use a percentage of profits earned, combined with largely in-kind institutional support to facilitate capacity building initiatives including scholarship programs, training and humanitarian assistance.
Pyongyang Project operates by a manifesto
that outlines our goals, principles and approaches to working in the DPRK. Our manifesto is grounded in inclusivity, understanding, cooperation, dignity, humanitarian imperative, and solution-based thinking. Our various initiatives are organized and undertaken by a professional and dedicated multilingual group of people and partners
, all of whom are intimately familiar with working in the DPRK and surrounding countries.
Our business model allows for projects to generate their own funds by bringing international participants to the DPRK for study tours. These funds are then in turn spend on funding capacity building initiatives with North Korean people and covering our operational overhead. We encourage self-funded volunteers to join humanitarian and capacity building initiatives as well as with with institutions around the world to provide largely in-kind donations to support our work.