Partnership with the Slovak Republic

UNDP has partnered with the Slovak Republic since the early 2000s - through the Ministries of Finance (MoF) and Foreign Affairs (MFA) – to advise programme countries on their development policies, help them manage and evaluate projects, channel small grants and manage professional exchange schemes.

What we’ve achieved:

  • UNDP and the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs improved reporting and monitoring and created a new strategy for development cooperation with Moldova. We continue to work on improving the MFA’s aid effectiveness.
  • The Public Finance for Development (PFD) programme is contributing to public finance reform efforts in Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine and Serbia.
  • UNDP and the Ministry of Finance are now engaging Slovak businesses in the country’s bilateral aid, through the Rozvojmajstri platform which helps them identify opportunities in emerging markets.
  • Over the last three years, the Ministry of Finance has invested US$6 million with UNDP to pilot innovative solutions using open data, alternative finance mechanisms and new technologies in Europe and Central Asia and other regions. One of the components of this project focuses on tackling urban problems.
The Slovak Challenge Fund

The Slovak Challenge Fund (SCF) addresses development challenges in two partner countries: North Macedonia and the Republic of Moldova. It is one component of the ‘UNDP-Slovakia Partnership: Effective Development Cooperation Solutions for the SDGs’, financed by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

The objective of the Slovak Challenge Fund is to facilitate the transfer of Slovak know-how and innovative solutions that would address development challenges identified by the respective UNDP Country Offices, and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

Innovative solutions from the Slovakia´s private sector are applied to tackle specific developmental challenges in the priority countries. Applicants with Slovak expertise apply around specific development themes:

  • Sustainable use of natural resources through improved water management, waste management, or increased energy efficiency and clean energy utilization in residential, agriculture and other sectors;
  • Increased productivity, partnerships, access to markets and competitiveness of organic agriculture actors like farmers and producers;
  • Introducing and improving e-governance and open data use in public sector management and delivery.

Guidelines of the Slovak Challenge Fund
Selected Initiatives of the Slovak Challenge Fund (2020)

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