Becoming a donor in 2004, Slovenia has promised to bring its aid spending to 0.33 percent of the gross domestic product by 2015. How is it progressing?
The country is not yet on target, Božo Cerar acknowledged during his talk with Devex President Raj Kumar at the 2012 European Development Days. The Slovenian state secretary and acting minister for development cooperation and humanitarian aid expects the country’s foreign aid to reach 0.13 percent of GDP this year, citing the lingering eurozone crisis for being off track.
Cerar, like other aid ministers who spoke with Devex at EDD12, supports the European Commission’s proposal to invest some €100 billion ($130 million) in development cooperation from 2014 to 2020.
In this conversation, the state secretary also affirmed the unique and crucial roles of Slovenian nongovernmental organizations and the private sector in the country’s foreign aid program.
An official media partner of EDD12, Devex was in Brussels to talk with the movers and shakers in international development. We video-taped conversations with more than 50 decision makers and thought leaders from the private, nonprofit and public sectors on hot-button issues in humanitarian relief, global health, social responsibility and international development.