Development cooperation is targeted at supporting both national and international development priorities, relying on Sustainable Development Goals and other international and regional development agreements. Montenegro integrated SDGs through the adoption of National Strategy of Sustainable Development until 2030 and accepted to concentrate all its efforts toward achieving the major tasks of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid (IDCHA):
1. Supporting the efforts of developing countries to guarantee the provision of basic social standards and enjoyment of fundamental human rights to their citizens;
2. Complementing the efforts of developing countries to achieve higher levels of income and, thus, correcting extreme inequalities;
3. Supporting the efforts of developing countries to participate in the provision of international public goods.
Apart from traditionally being a recipient country, Montenegro is currently on the path of assuming a new role in international development cooperation arena as a donor country. This transition will have implications on the overall position of the country in the field of international relations and, hence, the training in the field of foreign affairs that has been conducted over the period of 10 years in the scope of the Summer School for Young Diplomats (Diplomatic Academy), is also becoming ever more important.
The objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in the areas of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid sending. Montenegro has a dual role in this area – traditionally it has been a recipient of assistance and aid, but slowly it is also becoming a donor country, which is in line with its European aspirations. The project will be focused on the MFA and enhancing its capacities to fulfil new responsibilities that it needs to assume in order to become a donor country. In that way, the country will contribute to the global sustainable development, through the provision of financial and other resources to the partner countries in need. The project will also contribute to further enhancing of the capacities of the MFA’s staff with a specific focus to civil servants that are required to carry out diplomatic and consular tasks. These objectives are in line with the country’s EU aspirations, reflected through the integration of SDGs in the National Strategy of Sustainable Development until 2030.
The project activities will be implemented in two main areas:
1. Strengthening the capacities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the area of international development cooperation and international aid through:
a) Preparing by-laws for the Law on International Development Cooperation and Sending Humanitarian Aid (the Law) by the end of the second quarter of 2019;
b) Supporting MFA in the creation of databases for the inflows and outflows of development cooperation and humanitarian aid of Montenegro;
c) Preparing and adopting the Strategy on International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid;
d) Raising public awareness about the role of MFA in implementing International Development Cooperation and Sending Humanitarian Aid (the Law);
2. Strengthening the capacities of the MFA staff dealing with diplomatic and consular affairs through the organization of the Summer School for Young Diplomats.
The long-term expected result is the Government of Montenegro to assume its new role as a donor country and respond to new demands in the areas of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid. The primary objective of the project is to enhance the capacities of MFA to fulfil new responsibilities in order to support Montenegro to become a donor country, instead of a recipient only. This will contribute to the global sustainable development through both the provision and receipt of financial and other resources targeted at fulfilling various development priorities.
Among the results achieved in previous stages of the project, the assistance provided to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the preparation of the draft Strategy on International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid should be singled out. Upon its adoption by the Government, this important document will set the course for the overall implementation of the Official Development Assistance in Montenegro. Furthermore, following the adoption of the Law on International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, UNDP is in the process of providing support to MFA in the preparation of three bylaws, related to the manners of provision of international development cooperation, humanitarian aid and keeping records in this field.
Montenegrin Summer School for Young Diplomats - Gavro Vukovic