Czech Republic

Czech Republic - the Development Assistance Committee's 26th Member


The OECD DAC welcomes Czech Republic as its 26th member

Over the last couple of years, the Czech Republic has transformed its development co-operation system to make it more focused, more coherent and more effective. It has also progressively increased the volume of its official development assistance (ODA). The accession review conducted by the Secretariat in March 2013 concluded that the Czech Republic is ready to join the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Subsequently, at its meeting on 14 May 2013, the DAC invited the Czech Republic to become a member of the Committee. The Czech Republic accepted this invitation and, in a letter addressed to the OECD Secretary‑General, pledged to fulfil obligations of DAC membership.

In 2012, the Czech Republic’s ODA volume reached USD 219 million, or 0.12% of its gross national income (GNI). The Czech Republic has a legal and strategic framework for its development co-operation, set out in the Act on Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid and the Development Co-operation Strategy of the Czech Republic 2010–2017. The country has put in placean institutional structure for providing development co-operation. In addition, the Czech Republic has developed a monitoring and evaluation system that follows DAC guiding principles.  


Peer review

  • First peer review due: 2016

Key priority countries of Czech Republic

The Czech Republic’s bilateral development assistance is concentrated in five programme countries: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Moldova and Mongolia. In 2011, these countries received 35% of the Czech Republic’s bilateral ODA.


Czech Republic's development co-operation system 


There is a clear division of labour between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (which is responsible for policy formulation, strategic guidance and evaluation) and the Czech Development Agency (which is in charge of implementation and monitoring). 

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The Czech Republic’s transition experience 

The Czech Republic focuses on projects where it can offer its comparative advantages, including experience from the process of transition towards a democratic political system and a market economy. A special Transition Promotion Programme was set up to contribute to establishing and strengthening democratic institutions, the rule of law, civil society and good governance. It focuses on countries where there is a potential for transferring Czech experience as well as a tradition of mutual relations (such as with Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iraq, Kosovo, Moldova, Burma/Myanmar, Serbia and Ukraine). In response to the events of the “Arab Spring”, the Programme was extended to countries in Northern Africa (Egypt and Tunisia). In 2011, a total of 57 projects were implemented.

The Czech Republic is also ready to promote this co-operation at the European Union level, including within a co‑ordinated approach. The country consequently took an active part in the mapping of the European Union’s transition experiences that were summarised in the European Transition Compendium. 


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