A special review of Slovenia’s development co-operation found that Slovenia has put in place many of the important building blocks for its programme, including the legal foundations, a statement of priorities and a consolidated budget for ODA which is managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the designated National Co-ordinator of Slovenia’s international development assistance. Until the economic down turn in 2009, Slovenia’s ODA had been increasing steadily and had been on track to reach an ODA/GNI level of 0.17% by 2010, the interim target that Slovenia agreed to within the European Union.
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This special review was conducted at the request of the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and undertaken with the agreement of the DAC. A team of examiners from Finland and Switzerland and the OECD Secretariat visited Ljubljana in September 2011, where they consulted with government officials and civil society representatives on Slovenia’s development co-operation.
With only modest growth in ODA now expected, the special review recommends that Slovenia aim to innovate and do development co-operation differently, carefully balancing its resources and capacity with a more focused programme (e.g. becoming a “niche” donor). Slovenia’s ODA should remain predominantly multilateral. This approach will make Slovenia a more influential player, improve the effectiveness of its ODA and put it in a stronger position to manage the ODA budget once it starts to increase again. A communications strategy, focussed on results achieved, would help Slovenia build up public awareness and support for development co operation.
The main findings from the special review were presented at a launch in Ljubljana on 18 April 2012. The DAC welcomes such special reviews as an opportunity to share experiences with and learn from providers of development co-operation beyond its membership.