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UNDP – Slovakia Partnership

The partnership between UNDP and the Slovak Republic was established in 2002. The goal was to support Slovakia in its transition from a recipient country to a donor country, in setting up a development policy, including effective management of development projects.

Specifically, management of public finance, involvement of private sector in development cooperation, support for innovations in development or security policy in the Western Balkans.

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (MFEA SR) and the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic (MFSR) are the main partners of UNDP.

Main partners

UNDP with Ministry of Foreign and
European Affairs

UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (MFEA SR) currently run Effective Development Cooperation Solutions for the SDG project that was launched in 2018.

It focuses primarily on the creation of tools that enable Slovak private companies to participate in development cooperation (Slovak Challenge Fund) and on strengthening the position of Slovakia as a provider of development cooperation in the reform of the security sector.

The main components of the Effective Development Cooperation Solutions are:


The Slovak Challenge Fund that facilitates the transfer of Slovak know-how and innovative solutions to address development challenges in partner countries.


The Southeastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) initiative related to Strengthening Regional Cooperation on Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans.

Until 2020, the project also supported the Ukraine Energy Efficiency Secretariat and Expert Hub that was managed by UNDP Ukraine. The overall purpose of the Hub was to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Ukraine to develop and implement its energy efficiency policy during the critical time of transition of the national energy markets, in particular gas and electricity.

Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

To learn more about the SDGs, you can visit this website.

Innovations supported by the SCF have to be aligned with selected SDGs. See below particular goals and numbers of projects associated with them.





Calls for Proposals


Supported projects