Slovak development assistance is mounted at 60 million euro, out of which just 10 % are redistributed through the grant schemes and submission of competitive project ideas before the state development agency of SAMRS, mentioned Mr. Peter Hulenyi, head of the SlovakAid Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the CoMiDe panel discussion combined with an public discussion on the forms of support and project ideas. The seminar gathered over 30 people from NGOs, ministries, universities, international organizations and diplomatic bodies in Slovakia on 30th September.
Slovak NGOs, focusing on the development cooperation project are not willing to propose project ideas for financial support in front of EuropeAid despite the fact that 45 % of the annual Slovak Aid-orienetd funds are provided as a direct financial injection to the centralized programme of EU, the Europe Aid. The Slovak organizations using mainly the SlovakAid funds are lack of capacities, mentioned Mr Allan Bussard from Integra NGO. The Slovak organizations have been mostly successful in a few projects, which are mainly focused on development education and awareness activities within an EU country.
Other organizations who are not competing for the SlovakAid funds mentioned it is of great importance to provide enough information for opportunities for development cooperation. The migrants raised attention to their negative experience with administration in Slovakia, though they are very careful in getting involved in funding schemes. On the other hand the representatives of the developing countries mentioned that there is a little done on the evaluation of the real impact of the projects. The diplomats have proposed more effective schemes of cooperation linked to education and transfer of know-how through companies that will optimize the finances in terms of decrease of administration. For example, many countries would welcome the Slovak agricultural experts and what will be sleeping a lot more effective effect, mentioned representatives from the Palestine representative office.
In addition the academic professor Mr Menbere Workie emphasized that an important trend in poverty is essential to create a breakthrough investment tools that would change the trend of poverty and reverse the economic development to more the positive numbers. Small stat-up projects are of great importance, said Mr. Hulenyi. The first ever grant scheme of startups was not so popular in Slovakia and no projects had been submitted so far, however the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would keep addressing relevant entities and encourage their participation.
The representative of Slovakia to the UN organizations in Vienna, Olga Algayerova had mentioned that the Slovak entities lacked willingness and knowledge how to participate in the international development cooperation. In addition the EU MP Katarina Nevedalova confirmed that Slovak NGOs were not active in the EU centralized financial schemes concerning education or development. Ms Nevedalova participated a couple of monitoring missions for the purpose of assessing the impact of the EU development projects in Asia and mentioned that there were considerable number of non effective projects.
The Slovak MP Martin Poliacik claimed a better information flow on development cooperation policies and mentioned that there were no experts in Slovakia who could support and encourage the cooperation. According to him the politicians role is in the process of facilitating and encouraging the international cooperation and provide a considerable input to effective project implementation in this manner.
Last but not least the participants were offered by he CoMiDe team a regular information on the project opportunities and getting involved in the stronger cross-European network of partners and projects as www.comide.net.