Partnership with the Slovak Republic

The partnership between the UNDP and the Slovak Republic emerged in the early 2000s to advise programme countries on their development policies, help them manage and evaluate projects, channel small grants and manage professional exchange schemes. The partnership is the oldest initiative of the kind in the region.  

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (MFEA SR) and the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic (MF SR) are the main partners.

UNDP and MF SR Partnership

Public and Private Finance for Development – the project aims to facilitate sharing Slovak knowledge and experience in public finance management with partner countries, and to support higher involvement of private sector int international development cooperation. In the current phase, the project has two main components: Public Finance for Development and Private Sector for Development.

Public Finance for Development - launched in 2009, the programme aims to facilitate sharing Slovak knowledge and experience in public finance management with partner countries and advance their efforts towards sustainable human and economic development. The programme contributes to sound public finance management and good governance in partner countries. It focuses on providing technical assistance to and institutional capacity building in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans that are going through transformation with an ambition to join the European Union. Partner countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and North Macedonia. Ukraine was part of the programme until 2017.

The Resource Mobilization Facility is a fund established to support pre-investment studies, such as feasibility studies, sectoral analyses, financing models, etc. for future investment projects under the auspices of the UNDP Country Offices. First projects under the RMF were supported in 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro.

The portfolio of projects supported by the Slovak Ministry of Finance also contains the Transformative Governance and Finance Facility, a project that supports the region to use the potential of data revolution, new technologies and other innovations for improved governance and sustainable development. Since 2015, when the project was introduced, a number of new projects, initiatives and ideas were piloted or implemented, inter alia Ministry of Data - UNDP open data challenge that targets the Western Balkans and the Black Sea region, offers a platform for citizens to present creative data-driven tools and solutions to community issues, establishment of Alternative Finance Lab - a mechanism for exploring and tapping into new financial technologies and mechanisms to access investment for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or City Experiment Fund – a fund that addresses urban development challenges in the region.

UNDP and the MFEA SR Partnership

The most recent project, launched in 2018, Effective Development Cooperation Solutions for the SDGs, focuses primarily on creating an enabling environment for Slovak private companies to contribute to Slovakia’s international development cooperation and piloting new ODA programming modalities; strengthening the positioning of Slovakia as development cooperation provider in security sector reform.  Its main components are:

The Slovak Challenge Fund (SCF) facilitates the transfer of Slovak know-how and innovative solutions that would address development challenges identified by two partner countries, North Macedonia and the Republic of Moldova, and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

 Slovak expertise is sought to address 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 (PDF)
Selected Initiatives of the Slovak Challenge Fund (2020)

The Ukraine Energy Efficiency Secretariat and Expert Hub managed by UNDP Ukraine. The overall purpose of the Hub is to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Ukraine to develop and implement its energy efficiency policy during the critical time of transition of the national energy markets, in particular gas and electricity.

The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) initiative related to Strengthening Regional Cooperation on Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans.

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