FoRS-Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (Czech NGDO platform) initiated the European Year for Development with the seminar “Current challenges and possibilities for support of Czech Official Development Assistance (ODA)”. The event took place on January 14th, 2015 in the Chamber of Deputies under the auspices of the chair of the Sub-committee for development cooperation of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Over 30 stakeholders of Czech development cooperation, including 12 members of the parliament (MPs) from different committees, gathered in order to discuss the views and experiences presented by FoRS, NGOs, academia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Development Agency and a member of the sub-committee for development cooperation. The main purpose of this event -to initiate dialogue and cooperation with members of the renewed subcommittee for development cooperation and to raise their awareness on the results and challenges in this area- was fulfilled.
Most participants expressed their conviction about the significance of Czech ODA and an agreement with an increase of its total volume. There was also an overall understanding among the MPs of the difference between the provision of ODA and economic diplomacy.
FoRS is now planning steps for further work with MPs.
Contact person: Katarina Šrámková.
Information provided by Marie Zázvorková, FoRS Liaison Officer