OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews

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The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.

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26 July 2017
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This review assesses the performance of Slovenia, including looking at how Slovenia might increase the impact of its aid through a tighter thematic focus and geographic footprint, a stronger focus on results and better mainstreaming of gender and environment across its development co-operation.

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  • Conducting the peer review

    The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each member are critically examined approximately once every five years. Five members are examined annually. The OECD Development Co-operation Directorate provides analytical support, and develops and maintains, in close consultation with the Committee, the methodology and analytical framework – known as the Reference Guide – within which the peer reviews are undertaken.

  • Abbreviations and acronyms
  • Slovenia's aid at a glance
  • Context of the peer review of Slovenia

    Slovenia has a population of 2.1 million and its per capita gross domestic product (GDP) was USD 33 105 in 2016 (OECD, 2017a; OECD, 2017b). Following a second early election, the current centre-left coalition government was formed in September 2014. It is led by the Modern Centre Party with support from the Democratic Party of Slovenian Pensioners and the Social Democrats (EIU, 2017).

  • The DAC's main findings and recommendations

    Since joining the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in 2013, Slovenia has developed and reformed its institutional system for delivering development co-operation and built key development expertise and experience in the ministries and institutions which deliver official development assistance (ODA). Slovenia has maintained a credible development programme through the years following the economic crisis, providing good foundations on which to build the programme as its ODA grows.

  • Towards a comprehensive Slovenian development effort

    As a small nation at the crossroads between Central Europe, the Mediterranean and the Western Balkans, Slovenia places high importance on the multilateral system and uses it to promote development-relevant global public policies. Slovenia engages constructively at the global level and is willing to play an active role in advancing global development. Within the European Union it is advocating in particular for sustainable development in the Western Balkan region and for sharing transition experience with European Union accession countries. In finalising its national development strategy, the government has an opportunity to model an approach to sustainable development which integrates domestic and international dimensions.

  • Slovenia's vision and policies for development co-operation

    Development co-operation is an integral component of Slovenia’s foreign policy and there is broad ownership of Slovenia’s approach to development co-operation, which aims to reduce poverty and ensure peace, security and sustainable development. In preparing a strategy to accompany the new resolution on international development co-operation, Slovenia could consider tightening the geographic and thematic focus of its bilateral ODA and focusing on its comparative advantage as a country with transition experience.

  • Allocating Slovenia's official development assistance

    As its economy grows, Slovenia aims to incrementally increase its official development assistance (ODA) to reach 0.33% of its gross national income (GNI) by 2030 to meet its international commitments. Slovenia’s ODA allocations to specific regions, income groups and sectors are in line with the objectives that are defined in the Resolution on International Development Co-operation. Slovenia’s reporting mostly conforms to DAC ODA rules and also complies with DAC recommendations on aid.

  • Managing Slovenia's development co-operation

    Slovenia has developed and reformed its institutional system for delivering development co-operation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is valued as national co-ordinator and convenes an inter-ministerial working body to ensure that Slovenia’s development co-operation activities are aligned with its strategic priorities. There is scope to create more synergies between Slovenian development co-operation stakeholders to achieve a more efficient and effective whole-of-government approach in partner countries.

  • Slovenia's development co-operation delivery and partnerships

    Slovenia is dedicated to establishing and strengthening processes that will deliver quality development co-operation. Slovenia’s budgeting and programming processes are transparent and allow for predictability over several years. However, challenges include inflexibility, inefficiency and administrative burdens. Where possible, partner country systems are used to deliver Slovenia’s development co-operation, but its projectbased approach is often not conducive to engaging non-Slovenian actors. Slovenia also needs to step up its efforts to untie aid.

  • Results management and accountability of Slovenia's development co-operation

    Slovenia has begun to focus on results in its development co-operation. It now needs to embed a results culture across its system to encourage all development actors to plan and manage for results. Recent changes by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to require results planning and reporting by implementing partners are a good starting point. The Framework Programme could include the results Slovenia expects from its international development co-operation, which would be a good basis for measuring results in the future.

  • Slovenian humanitarian assistance

    The overall policy framework for Slovenian humanitarian aid provides broad geographic and thematic priorities, but these will be difficult to deliver given the limited funding available. Even if additional funds are made available to address unpredictable emergency needs, Slovenia can still add most value where its funds are complemented with specific technical expertise, such as in linking emergency response and disaster risk reduction activities in the Western Balkan region. As Slovenia has the ability to sustain long-term engagement, it could usefully reduce the scope of its priorities to focus more on forgotten crises where a difference can be made with limited but stable budgets.

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    • Perspectives from Montenegro and Cabo Verde on Slovenia's development co-operation

      Slovenia’s development co-operation is valued by its partners. It is currently managed centrally in Ljubljana with limited presence in partner countries beyond its embassies in the Western Balkans. To get a perspective on how Slovenia delivers its development co-operation in two of its priority countries, the peer review team held meetings in Ljubljana with the Montenegrin Ambassador and diplomats based in Montenegro and Brussels (the Slovenian Ambassador in Brussels is accredited to Cabo Verde and the Cabo Verdean Ambassador in Brussels is accredited to Slovenia), as well as the relevant managers in the Slovenian implementing institutions and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The team organised follow-up phone interviews with representatives from partner governments and non-government organisations to deepen the field perspective.

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