General information on the Slovenia’s development cooperation
Slovenia’s official development assistance (ODA) increased gradually from 2004 and reached €51 million in 2011, which accounts for 0.15% of gross national income (GNI) . Since then, Slovenian ODA has stagnated at 0.13% of GNI. Following the Government Action Plan of 2010, Slovenia is placing great emphasis on three thematic areas: strengthening good governance, the rule of law and social sectors, with a particular emphasis on transition assistance and institution-building, respect for the rights of women and children, education and scholarships; environmental protection with a focus on sustainable water management; and women’s empowerment as a cross-cutting theme. The majority of Slovenian ODA is disbursed via multilateral channels, predominantly through the European Union (EU); bilateral aid is concentrated mostly in the Balkan region.
Measures taken or planned to contribute to the EU27 target to channel at least 50 per cent of EU collective ODA increase to Africa:
- Slovenia made its first disbursement to the European Development Fund (EDF) in 2011, effectively doubling its share for Africa, which currently stands at approximately €10 million, or 20% of Slovenian ODA annually. In addition, an important bilateral programme of assistance to Cape Verde was launched in 2012. Resources allocated to Africa are expected to increase with higher contributions to the EDF.
- On the target of 0.15%–0.20% ODA/GNI to least developed countries (LDCs) by 2010 (and onwards), approximately 20% of Slovenia’s ODA is channelled to LDCs. Contributions to the EDF, approximately 60% of which is disbursed in LDCs, are expected to increase at least until 2016, offsetting the impact of a potential increase in predominately Western Balkans-focused bilateral ODA. In addition, Slovenia’s policy is to channel most of its ODA to LDCs via multilateral channels as well as to support the poverty alleviation focus (i.e. LDCs) of instruments such as the EDF, including the process of differentiation for the EU financial framework 2014-2020.
International development cooperation is regulated by the International Development Cooperation Act of the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia No. 70/06), adopted in June 2006. The Act defines the objectives (poverty reduction, peace and human security, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, primary education, sustainable development, social services and good governance) and methods of long-term planning, financing and implementation of Slovenia’s international development cooperation.
In 2008, the National Assembly adopted the Resolution on International Development Cooperation until 2015, which defines the geographical (Western Balkans) and thematic (limited by the 2010 Government Action Plan) priorities of Slovenia’s development cooperation as well as the mechanisms for its implementation.
Supporting Better Global Governance Further steps were taken in 2011 to enhance the coherence of the international monetary, financial and trading systems in support of development. Slovenia is in favour of giving developing countries more weight in the international financial institutions.
Aid for Trade (AfT) Strategy
Slovenia does not have a specific national AfT strategy. The country in concept supports the EU AfT Strategy, and, when deciding on issues at the national level, mostly considers demand from the field.
Principal official agency responsible for TCB assistance to developing countries
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Prešernova cesta 25 SI - 1001 Ljubljana P.O. Box 481 Slovenia
Tel.: + 386 1 478 2000 Fax: + 386 1 478 2340; + 386 1 478 2341 Email: info.mzz(at)gov.s
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: is the national coordinator for international development cooperation. In terms of expertise, this field is covered by the Department for International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance within the Directorate for Economic Diplomacy and Development Cooperation.
At the government level, an Inter-Ministerial Working Body for International Development Cooperation has been set up with the following mandate:
- Planning, coordinating and monitoring the implementation of international development cooperation;
- Discussing estimated funds to be allocated to international development cooperation;
- Collaborating in the performance assessment of the Resolution’s implementation.
Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Kotnikova 5, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: +386 1 400 33 11
Fax: +386 1 400 10 31
Non-governmental organizations involved in TCB
The majority of Slovenian NGOs that work in the field of international development cooperation are part of SLOGA (Slovenian Global Action), an umbrella platform, which was set up in 2005.
TCB cooperation initiatives with UN/International agencies and bilateral partners
Slovenian has had a long-standing relationship with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in the joint implementation of projects that aim to contribute to trade capacity-building and technological and industrial development in developing countries. An agreement on cooperation between the government of the Republic of Slovenia and UNIDO was signed in 2005 to facilitate this cooperation.
The mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation are UNIDO yearly reports and the main categories of aid are development projects, green industry and ecology projects, reducing poverty projects, industrial projects etc.
Selected TCB programmes and initiatives in this guide
TRADE-RELATED FINANCIAL SERVICES
- Leveraging Private Flows for Development