Czech Development Cooperation 2010
24.10.2011 / 09:54
Overview over the Czech Republic´s Development Cooperation in 2010 (priorities, principles, partner coutnries, sectors, statistics).
The majority of global problems in today‘s world are linked to poverty that affects mostly the developing world. Developed countries, including the Czech Republic, strive to prevent the gap between the rich and poor countries from growing wider. They seek ways of helping the developing countries to achieve reasonable growth rates and maintain social justice, and to combine freedom with security and economic development with environmental protection. The Millennium Development Goals Summit organized by the UN in New York in September was last year‘s key international event where the progress on the goal achievement was assessed, with the developed world also endorsing its commitment to assist the poorer countries on their way to prosperity.
The Czech Republic is not a complete novice to the world of development cooperation and has gone a long way since relaunching its development cooperation programme in 1995. We now have a better idea of what kind of experience and skills we may offer, where our assistance is effectively and well received and what strengths as well as weaknesses we posses.
In 2010, the Czech Republic‘s effort to achieve even more effective development cooperation continued. After several years of demanding preparations and negotiations, the Act on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid became effective in July. In May, the government approved the Development Cooperation Strategy of the Czech Republic 2010-2017, thus replacing a strategic document drafted in 2002. Following the new strategy, development cooperation of the Czech Republic now mostly focuses on 5 programme countries: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Moldova and Mongolia. Working closely with these partners, medium-term cooperation programmes have been defined, specifying Czech development activities for the period in question.
As opposed to making isolated decisions, the Czech Republic adopts decisions on development cooperation in consultations with other donors, both bilateral and multilateral. Discussions are held within the EU, where we have been actively involved in consultations on Green Papers concerning the future of development cooperation, as well as within the UN or OECD. We equally maintain close contacts with other donors in the individual partner countries in order to ensure that our activities are complementary and do not overlap.
Careful assessment of impacts of development activities is instrumental in the effort to continuously increase the effectiveness of development cooperation. In this respect, the most important initiative in 2010 was the re-launch of independent evaluations of Czech development projects using standard methodology, in cooperation with UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava, Slovakia.
In order for development cooperation to be sustainable, it has to be based on partnership and transparency. The Czech Republic strives to apply these principles across all levels of its activities: in its relations with the recipient as well as other donor countries as well as in its relation with all local stakeholders, be it non-governmental organizations, Parliament or the public.
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