Slovakia’s Official Development Assistance in 2007 Cover Image

Oficiálna rozvojová pomoc Slovenska v roku 2007
Slovakia’s Official Development Assistance in 2007

Author(s): Eva Havelková, Nora Beňáková
Subject(s): Politics, International relations/trade, Developing nations
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)
Keywords: Slovakia; 2007; foreign policy; development assistance; Slovak ODA;
Summary/Abstract: The Official Development Assistance (ODA) is an important pillar of the Slovak foreign policy. Its importance is still growing; therefore an attempt should be made to expand its scope in the years to come. The year 2007 can be marked as a significant one for the development assistance. This article analyzes mainly the institutional and the legislative changes in the Slovak ODA and compares the territorial and sectoral focus of bilateral projects in the periods before and after these changes took effect. According to the document Slovakia’s Foreign Policy Orientation 20071 , the development assistance is an important part of the foreign policy of the European Union (EU) and its member states. Slovakia provides its official development assistance on the basis of principles of international development policy, including the EU development policy, and in line with the foreign and economic policy priorities of the Slovak Republic (SR). The goal of the Slovak ODA is to contribute to the accomplishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the key areas, including alleviation of poverty and hunger, achievement of universal elementary education, support of gender equality, reduction of infant mortality rate, focus on the struggle against the HIV/AIDS and relief of global environmental problems. Besides the assistance itself, the bilateral development projects help to strengthen the bonds of these countries with the SR, support establishment of Slovak actors (institutions, businesses) abroad, create institutional and expert capacities in the SR and influence the public opinion.

  • Page Range: 107-118
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Language: Slovak