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In line with the priorities of Slovenian foreign and economic policies, bilateral development cooperation is focused mostly on the Western Balkan countries.

Slovenia has concluded agreements on development cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo. On the basis of the latter, a programme is being developed with Montenegro and Macedonia, while development cooperation with other countries in the region is based on projects.

A second priority for Slovenian development cooperation is the area covering Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia; Slovenia is planning to set up a programme for cooperation with Moldova.

The third geographic priority is Africa, to which Slovenia allocates development assistance particularly through multilateral channels. Bilateral assistance is being implemented on the basis of projects, whereby projects run by non-governmental organisations in the less developed countries of Sub-Saharan Africa are prioritised. 

In terms of content, Slovenian development assistance focuses on the following:

  • Strengthening of good governance, the rule of law and social services (with particular emphasis on accession to the Euro-Atlantic structures, respect for human rights of women and children, education, and scholarships);

  • Protecting the environment with a focus on sustainable water management;

  • Women’s empowerment as a cross-cutting issue of development cooperation.