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  1. Croatian Development Aid Platform: Looking Ahead Tihomir Popovic 25th April 2012

  2. Croatian Histroy in the Context of Development Aid • Croatia from aid recipient to donor • Civil war and impact on development focus • Regional specificities – ability to be a good example • NATO membership – diffenent development ‘edge’ • EU membership – new roles and visions

  3. Current issues and situation • Development vs humanitarian aid definition • Ethical question of development aid and public support – raising awareness • Bilateral vs multilateral aid – divided approx 50/50 • Role of civil society organisations • Regional focus • also in line with some military missions eg Afghanistan • and looking to focus on a particular state for sustainable impact • Looking to achieve 0.36% GNI (approx 125mil EUR) – so far in 2010 approx 60mil, but likely to decrease • Lack of transparency regarding what qualifies as ODA– e.g. exchange students, translation of documents? Need for a clear definition • How do we ensure a sustainable development budget is a fundamental concern

  4. Setting up a platform • Early stages – coordination with MfA, and kick–off meeting • New National Strategy for Development Cooperation due in 2014 • Role of the platform: • Build CSO capacity – relatively small number of CSO involved in dev aid • Public awareness rising • Encourage new CSOs • Play a role in policy making – constructive dialogue and a ‘seat at the table’ • Support in writing proposals and implementation • Research • Monitor expenditure of the develoment aid budget

  5. International cooperation • Close cooperation with other EU and regional platforms • Coordination of developmental priorities and organsing joint projects • Building ties with CSOs in recipient countries and focus on a long-term approach