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Special Review of the Slovak Republic's Development Co-operation (2011)


The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has completed a Special Review of the Slovak Republic's international development co-operation programme. This makes the Slovak Republic the fourth country from beyond the DAC’s membership to undergo such a special review, after Poland (2010)the Czech Republic in 2007 and Korea in 2008.


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The Special Review concludes that the Slovak Republic has put in place many of the legislative, strategic and institutional building blocks for its development co-operation. Slovakia now has scope to strengthen its development co-operation system so that it can achieve its development objectives more efficiently, effectively and transparently for the benefit of poor people in its partner countries. Slovakia’s development co-operation faces several challenges, but the Review considers that solutions to these are available. In responding to these challenges Slovakia should focus on: (i) strengthening the leadership of its development co-operation, particularly the key role played by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; (ii) increasing the visibility of the entirety of its development co-operation within Slovakia; and (iii) improving the delivery of its Official Development Assistance (ODA).


The Special Review was a consultative process, drawing on the DAC’s experience and methodology in conducting Peer Reviews. Special Reviews are part of the DAC’s efforts to strengthen collaboration with other providers of development cooperation. 

A conference was held in Bratislava on 3 October 2012 to discuss how the Slovak Republic is using and building on the findings from its Special Review as it sets the future orientations for its development co-operation.