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Bilateral development assistance dropping

SLOVAKIA provided nearly €65 million within the official development assistance in 2013. About €53 million was comprised from the contributions of the state into international organisations, including the UN and the European Union.

SLOVAKIA provided nearly €65 million within the official development assistance in 2013. About €53 million was comprised from the contributions of the state into international organisations, including the UN and the European Union.

“We allocate about 19 percent of the total sum for the directed and apparent bilateral development assistance,” the Slovak Non-Governmental Development Organisations Platform wrote in its report, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “During the past three years the volume of bilateral assistance has been decreasing – in 2011 it was 25 percent, in 2012 only 23 percent.”

The directed assistance to specific countries makes Slovakia visible in the world, according to SITA.

The biggest share of the assistance in 2013, according to the regions, went to Africa (37 percent). The most money was sent to Kenya (about €1.2 million), South Sudan (about €500,000) and Tunisia (nearly €300,000). Asia received about 34 percent of the bilateral assistance. Afghanistan received €1.6 million and Syria €150,000.

About 13 percent of the bilateral assistance was given to the Eastern Partnership countries. Moldova received €272,000, Ukraine €238,000 and Georgia €128,000. The countries of the western Balkans received together €661,000 (12 percent), with Serbia receiving €267,000 and Montenegro €173,000, SITA wrote.

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