Czech Republic

Introduction

The Czech Republic’s 2018-2030 Development Co-operation Strategy sets out five thematic priorities: building stable and democratic institutions; sustainable management of natural resources; agriculture and rural development; inclusive social development; and economic growth, which the 2019 DAC mid-term review (forthcoming) will examine.

The Czech Republic continues to provide the vast majority of its official development assistance (ODA) to multilateral entities, primarily the European Union. It places a strong emphasis on the humanitarian-development nexus in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Moldova, and Zambia – its six priority partner countries.

Official development assistance

In 2018, the Czech Republic provided USD 323 million in total ODA (preliminary data, current prices), using the new “grant-equivalent” methodology (see the methodological notes for further details) adopted by DAC members on their reporting of 2018 data as a more accurate way to count the donor effort in development loans. This represented 0.14% of gross national income (GNI). Under the “cash-flow basis” methodology used in the past, 2018 net ODA was USD 323 million, which represented a fall of 3.2% in real terms from 2017.

The Czech Republic’s share of untied bilateral ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 55.9% in 2017 (up from 45.9% in 2016), while the DAC country average was 82.1%. The grant element of total ODA was 100.0% in 2017.

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In 2017, 26% of gross ODA was provided bilaterally, of which 14% was channelled through multilateral organisations (multi-bi/non-core contributions). The Czech Republic allocated 74% of total ODA as core contributions to multilateral organisations. Learn more about multilateral development finance.

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In 2017, country programmable aid was 52% of bilateral ODA, compared to the DAC country average of 48% (see the methodological notes for further details on country programmable aid). Project-type interventions accounted for 61.0% of this aid.

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In 2017, the Czech Republic channelled 52% of gross bilateral ODA through the public sector (up from 47.8% in 2016). The share of bilateral ODA channelled through private sector institutions was 8.4%. In 2017, the Czech Republic channelled USD 2 million through universities or other teaching and research institutions, equal to 2.1% of its gross bilateral ODA. See the methodological notes for further details on channels of delivery.

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In 2017, USD 18 million of gross bilateral ODA was channelled to and through civil society organisations (CSOs). Between 2016 and 2017, ODA channelled to and through CSOs decreased as a share of bilateral aid (from 24.3% to 21.8%). Learn more about ODA allocations to and through CSOs and the Civil Society Days.

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In 2017, bilateral ODA was primarily focused on Eastern Europe and the Middle East. USD 18.5 million was allocated to Eastern Europe and USD 11.6 million to the Middle East.

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In 2017, 39.7% of gross bilateral ODA went to the Czech Republic’s top 10 recipients, which are primarily in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Support to fragile contexts reached USD 20 million in 2017 (24.5% of gross bilateral ODA). Learn more about support to fragile contexts.

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In 2017, 15.8% of the Czech Republic’s gross bilateral ODA (USD 13 million) was allocated to the least developed countries (LDCs). This is up from 14.6% in 2016. The DAC country average for 2017 was 23.5%. Lower middle-income countries received the highest share of bilateral ODA in 2017 (29.6%), noting that 37.1% was unallocated by income group.

At 0.03% of GNI in 2017, total ODA to the LDCs (including imputed multilateral flows) was lower than the UN target of 0.15-0.20% of GNI.

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In 2017, 41.0% of bilateral ODA commitments (USD 34 million), was allocated to social infrastructure and services, with a focus on support to government and civil society (USD 10 million) and education (USD 8 million). Humanitarian aid amounted to USD 8 million. The Czech Republic also committed USD 9 million (16.2% of bilateral allocable aid) to promote aid for trade and improve developing countries’ trade performance and integration into the world economy in 2017.

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USD 28 million of gross bilateral allocable ODA supported gender equality. In 2017, 71.5% of the Czech Republic’s bilateral sector-allocable aid had gender equality and women’s empowerment as a principal or significant objective, compared with the DAC country average of 36%. The Czech Republic’s aid to population, reproductive health and education focuses on gender. Learn more about ODA focused on gender equality and the DAC Network on Gender Equality.

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USD 11 million of bilateral ODA commitments supported the environment. In 2017, 19.4% of the Czech Republic’s gross bilateral allocable aid supported the environment and 10.6% (USD 6 million) focused on climate change, compared with the respective DAC country averages of 33% and 25%. Learn more about climate-related development finance.

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Other financial flows and amounts mobilised from the private sector

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In 2017, the Czech Development Agency mobilised USD 0.5 million from the private sector through simple co-financing arrangements with the private sector.

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Of the country-allocable private finance mobilised in 2012-17, 84% targeted middle-income countries and 16% the LDCs.

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The Czech Republic’s private finance mobilised in 2012-17 mainly related to activities in the business and other services (60%); industry, mining and construction (14%); and water supply and sanitation (13%) sectors. Learn more about the amounts mobilised from private sector for development.

Institutional set-up

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ mandate is to lead, co-ordinate and oversee the delivery of the Czech Republic’s official development assistance according to the 2010 Act on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. Since 2010, the ministry has consolidated its position as the institutional leader of the development co-operation system. A key success factor has been to streamline aid expenditures into one main budget line administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The MFA has financial authority over the majority of the bilateral aid budget, 50% of which is implemented by the Czech Development Agency (CzDA).

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Evaluation system

The evaluation function of the Czech Republic is embedded in the Department of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. The Development Co-operation Strategy of the Czech Republic 2018-2030 sets out the current strategic framework and the functional details of monitoring and evaluation of Czech development assistance. Evaluators are required to provide a written declaration of independence. Read more about the Czech Republic’s evaluation system.

Priorities for evaluation in 2019 are grant programmes for the private sector, non-governmental organisations and public universities. Read the Czech Republic’s evaluation plan.

Visit the DAC Evaluation Resource Centre website for evaluations of Czech development co-operation.

Performance against the commitments for effective development co-operation

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Explore the Monitoring Dashboard of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid: www.mzv.cz/aid

Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 2013.

Czech Republic