International Development Cooperation

Tehnična pomoč / technical assistance

Infrastrukturna pomoč / infrastructural projects

Okoljsko prilagajanje / environmental adaptation

International Development Cooperation

Bilateral Official Development Assistance by the Republic of Slovenia, Implemented by the CMSR

The Centre for International Cooperation and Development (CMSR) implements a part of the Slovenian bilateral international development cooperation.

The CMSR’s implementation of international development cooperation is based on the International Development Cooperation of the Republic of Slovenia Act. The Act introduces into the Slovenian legal order the Official Development Assistance (ODA) procedures and methods according to internationally aligned standards and the OECD rules. Other legal/formal bases for implementing the ODA include the Strategy and the Resolution on International Developmental Cooperation of the Republic of Slovenia. To formalise the ODA procedures, the Centre’s Council adopted the Centre for International Cooperation and Development Manual for Conducting Official Development Assistance.

The CMSR has 40 years of experience implementing international development cooperation and a well-established brand in the developing countries and has skills to perform the technical/operational part of international development cooperation. The Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the SID Banka (Slovenian Development Bank) each hold one-half of the controlling stakes of the CMSR. After linking the Centre and the SID Banka Group, the CMSR remained under appropriate supervision of the Government in terms of the founding structure. Synergy effects were thereby created, enabling the SID Banka with its financial instruments to support the Republic of Slovenia’s bilateral development assistance, as technically and operationally provided by the CMSR. Indirectly, this increases the competitive power of Slovenian companies conducting projects in developing countries, thus putting them on an equal footing with their competitors that already receive such support from their home countries.

The CMSR is qualified to provide all types of international development cooperation. Based on public authorisation and financing agreements of the CMSR with line ministries (responsible for finance, environment and economy) Republic of Slovenia subsidises infrastructural projects in the recipient countries. The CMSR facilitates the Slovenian business sector’s participation in the development cooperation as an important element of bilateral development cooperation. The operations of both the CMSR and the SID Banka thereby constitute an indispensable system of services that enables Slovenia, within the development cooperation framework, to assist developing countries in their development projects and directly contribute to the progress of the recipient country, while also facilitating Slovenian companies’ entry into these markets. Through the CMSR, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia co-finances development projects in the form of donation or interest rate subsidy.

The CMSR includes development projects in its annual CMSR International Development Cooperation Programme based on proposals for donation submitted by donation recipient (public entities in the country receiving the Official Development Assistance) to the CMSR. The proposals must be prepared in accordance with the Instructions for drawing up a proposal for a donation of the Republic of Slovenia for Official Development Assistance investment projects.

Based on its vast experience with international development cooperation operations, the Centre prepares expert and professional reports on projects, annual reports and project monitoring. The CMSR requests the information required for the feasibility study already in the project material.

Through a donation agreement, the CMSR obliges the recipient/investor to prepare and submit semi-annual project progress reports and the final report and to allow an insight into the entire documentation. The donation agreement enables the CMSR to send its experts to the field monitoring. The implementation of every project is examined by a CMSR representative on site. Based on information gathered, the CMSR’s experts prepare reports on project implementation and final reports after its completion. The reporting methodology is based on the aligned OECD standards and is adjusted to the specific Slovenian situation.

The CMSR is an institution that offers the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and all line ministries a solution to ODA planning and implementation. The CMSR is able to process and successfully allocate more funds than the Republic of Slovenia is capable of providing, given its restrictive budgetary policy, and at least as much as should be provided under international commitments. This means the Centre acts as a partner to all governmental structures wishing to take part in international development cooperation and is thus the connecting factor in Slovenian development cooperation.