Annual Reports SAIDC - SlovakAid

Annual Reports SAIDC

The major goal of Annual Reports of SAIDC is to present and evaluate the results we achieved working together with our partners.
Annual Reports of SAIDC are available for download below in the Documents section.

“Slovakia is currently going through a third, challenging wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and yet it hasn't stopped thinking about other countries. The lesson we all have learned during these two years is – nobody is safe until everybody is safe.” Those words of the State Secretary, Ingrid Brocková, of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, are a perfect definition of our efforts in the Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation under the brand SlovakAid in 2021: together with our partners, we strive to provide help and assistance even under the challenging, epidemic-related circumstances, within our capacities.

Already back in January and February, we opened eleven calls for proposals for development cooperation projects of, with a total allocation of more than 4 million euro. A call for external project/grant evaluators was opened until the end of March 2021. We also organized two information days for grant applicants and a follow up seminar for 21 recipients of grants implementing 47 projects of development cooperation and humanitarian aid approved in 2021, all with to the aim of offering assistance in the application process and increasing efficiency in communication. The projects were targeting three programme areas and thirteen partner countries of Slovak development cooperation (humanitarian projects co-funded by the European Commission, projects supporting development education, and projects targeting the development of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Kenya, East Sub-Saharan Africa, the Western Balkans and support for business partnerships). Slovak diplomatic missions in fifteen countries implemented activities funded through 79 microgrants. We offered 29 financial contributions to thirteen countries.

The SAIDC met the tough criteria and passed an audit by the European Commission, thus becoming one of the entities that can, upon its authorisation, oversee the implementation of development projects funded with EU funds. We will implement the very first project of delegated EU cooperation in Moldova based on an agreement signed in November, with the SAIDC being the lead partner. The first project of delegated cooperation from the European Neighbourhood instrument funds is both an important milestone and a challenge. I am glad it will be implemented precisely in Moldova, since it is a SlovakAid programme country, where Slovakia has rich experience with development cooperation.

2021 was also a milestone on our way to developing and scaling up our SSE tool (Sharing Slovak Expertise). It is a self-standing tool for bilateral development cooperation that also serves as support for other tools defined in the Medium-Term Strategy for Development Cooperation of the Slovak Republic for 2019 – 2023. The events of the past ten years are captured in a separate brochure.

We strived to provide information about the work and activities of the SAIDC’s partners both through social media, our new website and other channels. This year’s road show HELP! SlovakAid Abroad captured the activities of our partners in words, bringing this testimony to Trenčín, Banská Bystrica and Košice. In October, we presented results of a unique V4 and the EU project in Kenya at yet another exhibition titled The land of cashew, which was funded by the European Union Trust Fund and addressed causes of illegal migration and displaced people in Africa. Volunteering, development cooperation and humanitarian aid was the focus of our online discussions with secondary school students as part of the UN Week in Slovakia (Týždeň OSN na Slovensku) in October.

The SAIDC is fully aware that only when healthy are we able to pursue our mission – by helping to other countries we also help Slovakia to be an equal, cohesive partner of advanced and democratic countries throughout the world. Therefore, our team protects itself and its surroundings against the risks of the pandemic. With 100% vaccination level in our team, we say a clear and unanimous “yes” to vaccination.

We want to express our appreciation to all our project partners and acknowledge them for their cooperation, open discussions and possibility to learn from our experiences. We have overcome the challenges of 2021 and are now facing those of 2022 with strength and commitment.

Tomáš Bokor, SAIDC Director