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General information on the Czech Republic’s development cooperation

The Czech Republic supports the multilateral trading system and envisages that, in all stages of negotiations, issues related to economic development will play a key role and the process of undertaking new obligations will be supported by increased technical assistance to developing countries.

The Act on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (Act No. 151/2010) and the objectives within the Development Cooperation Strategy of the Czech Republic 2010-2017 illustrate the extent to which the Czech Republic recognizes development cooperation as a policy area in its own right.

Source: The Czech Republic Donor Profile, EU, www.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/

In the past 10 years, the Czech Republic has introduced a number of major changes in the concept and organization of its development cooperation, aimed at increasing the efficiency of aid provided to partner countries and adapting it to the changing international environment. A turning point was the Czech Republic’s accession to the European Union (EU).

  • Official development assistance (ODA) individual commitments/gap to agreed targets (total ODA, Africa, least-developed countries (LDCs))
  • The Czech ODA level has been almost constant since 2003 and amounted to €184 million in 2011, representing 0.13 per cent of its gross national income (GNI) .
  • To reach its individual ODA target of 0.33 per cent of GNI by 2015, the Czech Republic would need to increase its aid by €349 million.
  • In terms of measures taken or planned to contribute to the EU27 target to channel at least 50 per cent of an EU collective ODA increase to Africa, the Czech Republic increased the volume of aid provided to Ethiopia (a priority country in the Czech development aid programme) in 2011, and was considering further increase for 2012 and 2013.

The Czech Republic has declared that it is as yet unable to reach the target of 0.15-0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to LDCs by 2010 (and onwards). The overall share of aid provided by the Czech Republic was 0.13 per cent of ODA/GNI in 2010; one-third of bilateral aid went to LDCs. With the Czech Republic starting to contribute to the European Development Fund in 2011, the volume of Czech ODA going to LDCs will increase.

For more information: www.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/

Improved effectiveness of support to developing countries

  • Mutual accountability arrangements account for 25-50 per cent of Czech priority countries.
  • Focus on results: the Czech Republic participates in country-level results frameworks and platforms in 10-25 per cent of its priority countries.
  • Specific actions in 2011 to improve transparency of aid flows include the following:
    • Forwarding spending data to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
    • Designing a new ODA internal reporting tool in full compliance with Creditor Reporting System (CRS)++ format and International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standards;
    • Internal measures to improve aid transparency taken up to 2011 in the form of the finalization of the transformation of the Czech Development Cooperation System, with clear division of competencies, roles, given strategy and detailed methodology of work;
    • All information on bilateral aid published on a regular basis;
    • Transparency of the Czech development cooperation lauded in last year’s Aid Watch Transparency Report (http://aidwatch.concordeurope.org), in which the Czech Republic ranked sixth in transparent informing among 25 EU donors.
  • Expected results of private sector participation are a multiplication of ODA funds through private capital and improvement of the business environment.

The Czech Republic’s voluntary contribution to the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) Global Trust Fund is an important component of its AfT strategy. Please see below for the projection based on the inclusion of the above-mentioned contribution (in Swiss francs).

Contributions of the Czech Republic to the DDA Global Trust Fund (CHF)

2007

2008

2011

87 265

87 288

23 746

Aid for Trade (AfT) Strategy

The Czech Republic coordinates its aid-for-trade analyses and programming with other donors at the country level, given that national capacities are limited.

The evaluation methodologies applied to the Czech Republic’s aid-for-trade projects and programmes are the same as for any other development cooperation activity (as described in the Project Cycle Manual for Czech ODA).

Source: WTO OECD Questionnaire Czech Republic, WTO, AID FOR TRADE AT A GLANCE 2007: COUNTRY & AGENCY CHAPTERS, OECD/WTO 2009, ISBN WTO- 978-92-87-03525-7 ISBN OECD- 978-92-64-06903-9

Principal official agency responsible for TCB assistance to developing countries

Czech Development Agency (CzDA)

Nerudova 3 118 50,

Prague 1

Czech Republic

Tel: +420 251 108 130

Fax: +420 251 108 225

E-mail: info@czda.cz

The Czech Development Agency (CzDA) is the main implementing body for Czech development cooperation, focused primarily on the design and execution of bilateral development projects. CzDA was established by a decision of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January 2008 and re-established by the Law on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance on 1 July 2010. It has taken up the activities of the Czech Development Centre.

CzDA cooperates with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the establishment of an institutional framework for Czech development cooperation and participates actively in the creation of development cooperation programmes between the Czech Republic and priority countries as well as on other stages of the project cycle management. Since 2010, the agency reports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is in charge of the coordination of Czech ODA.

The main tasks of CzDA are to identify, formulate, implement and monitor projects in priority partner countries, to award grants to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and to conduct professional training for Czech ODA staff.

CzDA cooperates actively with NGOs as well as the private sector, namely, the Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (FoRS), an association of NGOs, and the Entrepreneurs’ Platform for Development Cooperation (PPZRS), an association of businesses. CzDA also cooperates closely with other European donors, especially through its active membership in the Practitioners’ Network for European Development Cooperation.

Businesses as well as other non-state entities can take part in CzDA tenders to become contractors in Czech bilateral ODA projects, which may bring necessary experience and references for successful participation in the tenders of larger donors, e.g. the European Commission (EC).

For more information: http://www.czda.cz/czda/who-we-are.htm?lang=en

Other government and official agencies with responsibilities directly relevant to TCB

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministerstvo zahraničních věcí

Loretánské náměstí 5

118 00 Praha 1,

The Czech Republic

Tel.: +420 224 181 111

E-mail: podatelna@mzv.cz

Web: www.mzv.cz

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the Czech Republic’s central public administration authority in the field of foreign policy. As such, it is responsible for creating the concept of and coordinating development cooperation and coordinating external economic relations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs formulates the principles and strategies of Czech development policy and gives opinions on development aspects of other government policies.

Since 2008, development projects are planned and implemented through CzDA. The inter-ministerial Council for Development Cooperation fulfils a crucial role vis-à-vis policy coherence.

Other official or government trade-related organizations

The Practitioners’ Network for European Development Cooperation is an open platform for exchange of experience and good practice among European public development agencies and institutions. The Network is open to bilateral and Community implementing agencies and all institutions which directly implement official development cooperation. The Practitioners’ Network creates opportunities for collaboration and synergies at implementation level. It also provides feedback on European development policies from practitioners’ perspective.

The Network is open to all European Agencies and Administrations involved in the implementation of ODA.

Its current members are the implementing organisations of the European Commission and of European countries representing over 70% of the ODA of the European Union.

For more information: Practitioners’ Network for European Development Cooperation.

Web: http://www.dev-practitioners.eu/

For more information on other official trade-related organizations, please visit:

http://www.unmz.cz/office/international-projects-and-agreements

Non-governmental organizations involved in TCB

Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (FoRS)

Jana Miléřová (Director)

Tel.: +420 222 522 480

E-mail: jana.milerova@fors.cz

Website: www.fors.cz

Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (FoRS) is a platform for Czech non-profit NGOs and other non-profit institutions involved in development cooperation, development education and humanitarian assistance. Established in 2002, it represents its more than 50 members and observers vis-à-vis institutional stakeholders in development cooperation, as well as providing services to its members and observers in terms of capacity building, information service and expert consultancy, and further engages in awareness raising. In 2003, FoRS became a founding member of the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development (CONCORD).

FoRS is active in the area of TCB as follows:

  • Global Advocacy: FoRS regularly carries out advocacy on Czech development policy, Czech ODA financing plans and disbursements and particular issues in EU development policy. Key issues related to TCB are the Millennium Development Goals and so-called policy coherence for development, including trade policy.
  • Supply Capacity: Several members of FoRS support projects in the field of microfinance and livelihoods (income generation projects etc.) focused on improving the life conditions of poor local peasants and other people in developing countries.

Entrepreneurs’ Platform for Development Cooperation (PPZRS)

Věra Venclíková (Managing Director)

Tel: +420 225 279 403

E-mail: platform@spcr.cz

Website: www.ppzrs.cz

Entrepreneurs’ Platform for Development Cooperation (PPZRS) was set up in 2008, when the Czech Republic’s current ODA system started, as an association of enterprises involved in business in developing countries. Apart from transparency in Czech ODA procurement, PPZRS promotes a business partnership strategy for prospective investors in developing countries, especially in development investment projects supported by development finance institutions.

PPZRS is active in the area of TCB as follows:

  • TRADE POLICY DEVELOPMENT;
  • COMPLIANCE SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES;
  • TRADE PROMOTION CAPACITY BUILDING;
  • MARKET AND TRADE INFORMATION;
  • TRADE FACILITATION;
  • PHYSICAL TRADE INFRASTRUCTURE;
  • TRADE-RELATED FINANCIAL SERVICES;
  • OTHER TRADE-RELATED ACTIVITIES.

TCB cooperation initiatives with UN/international agencies and bilateral partners

A new strategy to cover initiatives with UN/international agencies will be adopted.

Currently, the Czech government does not have cooperation programmes with partner countries, other donors or stakeholders in joint monitoring and evaluation of AfT projects and programmes, but such cooperation may be taken into consideration in the future.

Selected TCB programmes and initiatives in this guide

TRADE FACILITATION

  • Initiatives to support tax reforms

Sources of information

  • The Czech Republic Donor Profile, EU, www.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/
  • WTO OECD Questionnaire the Czech Republic, WTO, AID FOR TRADE AT A GLANCE 2007: COUNTRY & AGENCY CHAPTERS, OECD/WTO 2009, ISBN WTO- 978-92-87-03525-7 ISBN OECD- 978-92-64-06903-9