Czech-UNDP Partnership for the SDGs
Many countries in the Europe and Central Asia region are facing similar challenges that the Czech Republic faced during 1990s. With its successful transfer from a centrally planned economy to the open market in a democratic environment and its accession to the European Union, the Czech Republic has many lessons to share with the new developing economies in the region.
Since 2004, the Czech government and UNDP in Europe and Central Asia have cooperated to bring best practices and comparative knowledge to countries throughout the region. During the 14 years, the Czech-UNDP Trust Fund project supported 215 initiatives that followed an overarching objective – to contribute to the sustainable development in the region.
What we have accomplished so far
The Czech-UNDP Trust Fund achieved this success, through arranging cooperation of multiple parties, delivering needed administrative support and creating and running a database of experts.
The next stage
Building on the Trust Fund’s success, we now enter the next stage of collaboration – the Czech UNDP Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals (CUP). Its main goal is to bring not only Czech expertise but also unique innovative solutions for SDGs to partner countries, focusing on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.
The CUP focuses on three components:
1. Expertise on Demand
Czech expertise is shared though hands-on experience and trainings in the partner countries. This includes technological assistance, expert consulting, preparation of feasibility studies, specialized on-site trainings, and study trips or professional internships. The experts are assigned for up to 90 days to establish long lasting solutions that bring positive changes in the local organisations.
2. Challenge Fund
Innovative solutions from the Czech Republic’s private sector, NGOs, universities, state institutions, research centres and individuals will be applied to tackle specific developmental challenges in the priority countries. Applicants with Czech expertise will be invited to apply around specific development themes. The proposals should consist of solutions applicable at the country and sub-regional level.
The Challenge Fund is an original platform for gathering, identifying and competing solutions proposals in the search for those that will be suitable to local conditions, scalable within the region and applicable in a sustainable matter. Selected projects are required to engage with local partners to assure project viability and successful transfer of knowledge.
3. Knowledge Management
To ensure that the activities contribute to broader outcomes and have lasting impact, the CUP will apply a strategy of monitoring, collecting and validating the outputs of individual projects and making the gained and accumulated knowledge and experience in these projects accessible for further use. In this way, the best practices, shared know-how and lessons learned from the projects will be widely available to the other projects implementors as well as to the public across the region.
Please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic for more information about the Development Cooperation Strategy of the Czech Republic or the bilateral development cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Republic of Moldova.