Development Cooperation Policy Plan for 2008

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Development Cooperation Policy Plan for 2008 

Pursuant to Cabinet of Ministers Order No. 107 of 19 February 2003 "On the Basic Principles of Development cooperation policy of the Republic of Latvia" and subsequent amendments[1], the following courses of action have been set out to achieve the targets and results for Development cooperation policy:

  • bilateral cooperation with developing countries and countries in transition period from a planned economy to a free market economy;
  • cooperation with third countries - active implementers of the development policies;
  • public information campaigns and informative projects on the aims and priorities of Development cooperation policy;
  • participation in projects, programmes and policies of international organisations and cooperation in implementing humanitarian aid;
  • Latvia's participation in the development policy of the European Union.

Previously approved plans of Development cooperation policy for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 set out targets and projects of the above mentioned courses of action, excepting Latvia's participation in development cooperation[2] and the implementation of humanitarian aid programmes of the European Union, identifying as a priority bilateral cooperation with recipient countries, as well as public information campaigns and informative projects on the targets and priorities of Development cooperation policy.

The Cabinet of Ministers Order No. 76 of 9 February 2006 approved the "Development cooperation policy Programme of the Republic of Latvia for 2006 - 2010" (hereafter - "Programme 2006 - 2010"), intended to consolidate the international role of Latvia as a new donor, ensuring a wide involvement by governmental institutions and the public in setting out policy priorities and achieving goals. The programme has identified the following sub-goals in implementing Development cooperation policy for the period 2006 -2010: 

  • the establishment of a mechanism for providing planned bilateral and trilateral aid, promoting Latvia's foreign policy activities in development cooperation issues;
  • the fostering of public support for development cooperation goals and policy;
  • fulfilment of the growing role of Latvia as a new donor country and in honouring international commitments in development cooperation.

Based on the basic principles and Programme for 2006-2010 of the Development Cooperation Policy of the Republic of Latvia, and continuing the work started in 2005, 2006 and 2007, the Development cooperation policy Plan for 2008 (hereafter - Plan for 2008),  identifies as a priority the implementation of bilateral and trilateral cooperation projects, and implementation of public information activities on the goals, priorities and Latvia's activities  in Development cooperation policy, in order to  foster civic awareness amongst the population and support for the successful development and implementation of Development cooperation policy.

The projects anticipated by the Plan for 2008 for reaching identified sub-goals correspond to the main tasks set out by the Programme for 2006 - 2010, and promote achievement of their results.

Task 1 of the programme - "Establishing an internationally recognised praxis complying with national legislation in the planning and management (administering) of aid programmes in coordination with activities of other donors":

  1. In 2008 work will continue on consolidation of the legislative basis of Latvian development cooperation. It is anticipated that at the beginning of 2008 the Saeima will adopt the "Law on International Aid". This Law shall delegate a number of Cabinet of Ministers Regulations. It is anticipated to draft, coordinate and have approved by the Cabinet of Ministers the draft Cabinet of Ministers Regulations provided in the " Law on International Aid". In addition to drafting new legislative acts, in 2008 there may be possible amendments to existing legislation;
  2. In 2008 it is anticipated to begin trilateral development cooperation projects, working with the Canadian International Development Agency to implement trilateral projects in the Ukraine;
  3. In 2008 enhancing of the capacity of embassies of the Republic of Latvia in implementing development cooperation projects administered by them will continue; 
  4. In 2008 mechanisms will be developed (including the Latvia - Moldova Joint Committee mechanism) to identify needs of recipient countries by organising fact finding visits;
  5. In 2008 seminars and training visits will be organised for representatives of recipient countries.  The post-conflict reconstruction project in Afghanistan, where a contingent of Latvian Armed Forces is presently serving, will also be supported.

Task 2 of the programme - "To foster public support for Development cooperation policy priorities":

1) In 2008 implementing of grant projects in the field of communications will continue, which began as a result of the 2007 grant project competition "Communication activities in educating Latvia's public about development cooperation and development education".

2) In 2008 support will be provided for implementing communication activities of non-governmental organisations (hereafter -NGOs), working together with the organisation "The Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation", a media support programme will be implemented (a visit   by journalists to recipient countries, a seminar for the media, an annual award for journalism on development cooperation), and at the end of 2008 a visually colourful booklet on development cooperation will be published and distributed, and an exhibition of photographs on the subject of development cooperation will be organised; 

3) In 2008 guest lectures in Latvian universities and schools will be funded with the aim of increasing interest and knowledge about development cooperation amongst academic staff, pupils and students;

4) A public opinion survey is planned for the end of 2008 to assess to what extent the implemented grant projects and other communication activities have influenced public opinion regarding Development cooperation policy implemented by the Republic of Latvia.

Task 3 of the Programme - "Honouring international commitments and promoting Latvia's foreign policy activities in development cooperation issues":

1) In 2008 it is anticipated to organise regular activities to assess the larger funded programmes and projects;

2) compiling of statistical information will be promoted on development cooperation activities  individually  supported by governmental institutions.

The plan for 2008 is a continuation of activities begun in 2005, 2006 and 2007, implementing a programme of bilateral development cooperation projects, to ensure over a given period of time Latvia's commitments as a member state of the European Union, on which a decision was passed in the conclusions of the Council of the European Union External Relations Council of 24.05.2005 "Accelerating Progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals", as well as observing the European Union assistance effectiveness package approved by the Council of the European Union on 7 April 2006.

Latvia has identified as a priority for 2008 two of the courses set out in the Council conclusions:

1. To improve the quality and effectiveness of aid provided by promoting the good practice of donors and coordinating and harmonising their activities. Observing the Code of Conduct of the European Union regarding adding to and sharing work in Development cooperation policy (hereafter - the Code)[3], a devolvement process has been started since 2007, under which some of the development projects have been transferred to the supervision of embassies located in Latvian development cooperation priority countries. In this way the authority of embassies is enhanced, by giving them the opportunity to become involved in identifying Latvia's comparative advantages and projects in specific partner countries, to coordinate activities with other onsite donors and to become involved in delegated cooperation.

2. To gradually increase funding for development cooperation goals[4]. According to Clause 3 of Cabinet of Ministers Order No.77 of 9 February 2006 "On the Concept for increased funding from the national budget during 2006 -2010 for implementing Development cooperation policy of the Republic of Latvia" (hereafter- the Concept) a model for increased funding for development cooperation was accepted, anticipating that by 2010 Latvia's total development cooperation funding would reach 0.1%  of the GDP complying with the directions of statistical reports of the Development Assistance Committee of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The goal identified by the Concept to be reached in 2008 is LVL 1,600,000, which is the minimum amount required so as to eventually reach the model identified by the Concept - 0.1% of the GDP. 

In addition to the LVL 450,000 included in the basic expenses of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, another LVL 150,000 has been allocated for 2008, making a total of LVL 600,000. This means that Latvia is significantly behind in its international commitments and special attention will have to be given to the implementation of Development cooperation policy when planning the budget of future years. The anticipated source of funding is to be the national budget of the Republic of Latvia.

Since 2005 the identification of priority countries in the field of development cooperation is undertaken in accordance with the basic principles of Development cooperation policy approved by Cabinet of Ministers Order No.107 of 19 February 2003, "On the Basic Principles of Development cooperation policy of the Republic of Latvia" which identify countries of priority regions - the Commonwealth of Independent States (hereafter CIS) and the Balkans.  Under the Plans for 2005 and 2006 aid was provided to Georgia and the Republic of Moldova. In attempting to increase the effectiveness of aid provided and considering the funding available, Latvia is concentrating on a small number of recipient countries. Taking into account contacts established to date, the orientation of their foreign policy and the wish expressed by these countries to work with Latvia, as well as the status of these countries as developing countries and other aspects, in 2007, too, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova were identified as priority countries. Assistance to the Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus was also started.

Considering the determination of the member states of the European Union, observing the Code and attempting to increase the effectiveness of aid, and to restrict and/or reduce not only subject but also geographic priorities, in 2008 Latvia will not increase the number of priority countries.  Priority countries will continue to be the Republic of Moldova, Georgia, the Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus. An essential element in the implementation of Plan 2008 is the European Neighbour Policy, which includes Latvia's priority region. Afghanistan has been identified in addition to the aforesaid countries, where it is anticipated to implement a post-conflict reconstruction project at a location where a contingent of the Latvian Armed Forces is presently serving.

The Plan for 2008 corresponds to Task 5 set out in Division 4.3 of the Latvian National Development Plan for 2007 -2013 (approved by Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.564 of 4 July 2006, "Regulations on the Latvian National Development Plan for 2007 - 2013") "To  develop and actively implement the European Neighbour Policy and to promote Latvia's involvement as a new donor in implementing development cooperation".

INFORMATIVE SECTION

1. The goal, sub-goals and priority areas of Development cooperation policy

The Plan for 2008 corresponds to the goal identified in the Programme for 2006 - 2010, that is, to strengthen the international role of Latvia as a new donor, ensuring a wide involvement of governmental institutions and the public in identifying policy priorities and implementing activities.

According to the Programme for 2006 - 2010 the Plan identifies the following sub-goals:

1.1.  Establishing mechanisms for providing planned bilateral and trilateral assistance, promoting Latvia's foreign policy activities in development cooperation issues;

1.1.1. Bilateral and trilateral cooperation projects in priority areas:

Republic of Moldova

1. Balanced regional development:

  • reducing  regional economic and social inequality;
  • developing social assistance;
  • addressing issues of environmental protection;
  • fostering development of a democratic and decentralised local government system.

2. Justice, home affairs and rule of law; fostering development of a democratic and civil society:

  • fostering the stability and effectiveness of institutions promoting democracy;
  • promoting the development and independence of the judicial system;
  • strengthening the fight against corruption;
  • strengthening the border guard system of the Republic of Moldova and restricting illegal migration;
  • ensuring freedom of the media;
  • fostering development of a democratic and civil society.

3. Establishing a fully functioning market economy, strengthening export capability and introducing international standards in export oriented sectors.

Georgia

1. Strengthening the judicial system and rule of the law, by ensuring observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms:

  • development of the judicial system and legislation;
  • reforming and democratising of the legal system and governmental institutions;
  • fight against corruption.                                                          

2. Promoting social integration:

  • strengthening the social assistance sector;
  • increasing opportunities for education;
  • addressing issues of public health and the environment;
  • promoting social equality;
  • promoting development of civil society;
  • promoting cooperation among governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Ukraine

1. Support for increasing the capacity of state administration and local governments, strengthening the stability and effectiveness of their activities.

2. Support for improving Ukrainian business environment and introduction of principles of market economy into practice:

  • developing a functioning market economy;
  • developing an investment friendly environment;

3. Promoting development of a democratic and civil society.

Republic of Belarus

1. Promoting development of a civil society;

2. Promoting cooperation among local governments;

3. Developing area of education;

4. Addressing issues of environmental protection.

Afghanistan - support for the post-conflict reconstruction project at the location where the contingent of Latvian Armed Forces is serving;

1.1.2. Upgrading the legislative basis of Latvian development cooperation. In addition to drafting new legislative acts, where necessary, amendments to existing legislation are possible.

1.2. Fostering public support for development cooperation goals and policy.

2. Course of actions for the achievement of sub-goals

2.1. Establishing mechanisms for providing planned bilateral and trilateral assistance promoting Latvia's foreign policy activities on development cooperation issues

2.1.1. Bilateral and trilateral cooperation projects in priority areas:

2.1.1.1. support for embassy monitored projects in a priority area as mentioned in Clause 1.1.1;

2.1.1.2. support for bilateral and trilateral technical assistance projects;

2.1.1.3. at the request of another country, funding fact finding visits by Latvian experts to a priority area as mentioned in Clause 1.1.1;  ;

2.1.1.4. assistance for foreign students to pay study fees;

2.1.1.5. organising grant project competitions for NGO projects in a priority area as mentioned in Clause 1.1.1;

2.1.1.6. Assistance for the post-conflict reconstruction project in Afghanistan at the location where the contingent of Latvian Armed Forces is serving;

2.1.2. Upgrading the legislative basis of Latvian development cooperation. In addition to drafting new legislation, amendments to existing legislation are possible if such a need arises.

2.2. Fostering public support for the goals and policy of development cooperation:

2.2.1. implementation of a grant project competition for 2007/2008 has started;

2.2.2. implementing public information activities and surveying public opinion;

2.2.3. assistance for implementing  media representative activities ;

2.2.4. support for education about development cooperation, working together with Latvian universities and secondary schools;

2.2.5. enhancing capacity of civil society and fostering involvement, initiating and participating in public information activities organised by NGOs and other institutions to form public opinion on the subject of development cooperation;

2.2.6. support for NGO activities in the area of cooperation.

3. Anticipated results

3.1. of establishing mechanisms for the provision of planned bilateral and trilateral assistance and promoting Latvia's foreign policy activities on development cooperation issues:

3.1.1.  Bilateral and trilateral cooperation project priority areas:

3.1.1.1. providing support for projects monitored by embassies of the Republic of Latvia will promote identification of comparative advantages and  establish more effective coordination with other donors involved in development cooperation in the region of priority countries;

3.1.1.2. implementing bilateral and trilateral technical assistance projects will promote development of recipient countries in priority areas as mentioned in Clause 1.1.1;

3.1.1.3. NGOs, the private sector, social partners and individual experts will participate in government-funded development cooperation projects;

3.1.1.4. cooperation with developing countries and countries in transition will be promoted, consolidating the status of Latvia as a new donor in the international aid system;

3.1.1.5. organising fact finding visits will identify the priority areas for recipient countries in which Latvia may implement development cooperation projects;

3.1.1.6. organising the grant project competition for NGO projects in areas as mentioned in Clause 1.1.1 will enable NGOs to continue to participate in implementing Development cooperation policy, transferring NGO experience to priority countries;

3.1.1.7. implementing the post-conflict reconstruction project in Afghanistan at the location where the Latvian Armed Forces contingent is serving will provide assistance to the civilian population and promote security of local communities.

3.1.2. Upgrading the development cooperation legislation. In addition to drafting new legislation, if necessary, amendments to existing legislation are possible: 

3.1.2.1 based on the Law on International Aid enacted by the Saeima (provisionally at the beginning of 2008) Cabinet of Ministers Regulations delegated by the Law are being drafted and approved by the Cabinet of Ministers;

3.1.2.2 possible amendments to existing legislation in order to upgrade procedures for implementing Development cooperation policy. 

3.2. Fostering public support for the goals and policy of development cooperation:

3.2.1. communication activities will inform the public of principles of Development cooperation policy and Latvia's activities, will inform and involve Latvian NGOs, the private sector and experts in Development cooperation policy issues including participation in the drawing up of Development cooperation policy of the Republic of Latvia;

3.2.2. will promote participation of Latvian NGOs, the private sector and experts in international projects and ensure consultative assistance for the participation of these experts in international projects;

3.2.3. working with representatives of the media will raise the level of awareness of the public about development cooperation;

3.2.4. development studies will increase understanding of the problems of development cooperation and make a long term investment in forming public opinion;

3.2.5. enhancing the capacity of civil society will increase information on development cooperation issues and involve representatives of NGOs in projects related to development cooperation.

4. Projects for the achievement of sub-goals, implementation dates and result indicators for assessment

4.1. Establishing mechanisms for providing planned bilateral and trilateral assistance, promoting Latvian foreign policy activities on development cooperation issues

4.1.1. For bilateral and trilateral cooperation projects in priority areas

4.1.1.1. In order to support projects of NGOs, the private sector, local government and governmental institutions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocates funding to embassies of the Republic of Latvia in Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine:

  • an embassy initiates projects for the approval of the Ministry of  Foreign Affairs;
  • to implement a project, the embassy enters into an agreement with the initiator of the project or may implement the project itself;
  • the embassy monitors the project;
  • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may assess the effect of the project once implementation has been completed;

4.1.1.2. To support projects of NGOs, the private sector, local government and government institutions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports identified technical assistance projects:

  • where necessary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs drafts amendments to existing legislation or drafts new legislation for the efficient management and functioning of technical assistance projects;
  • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  decides on support for technical assistance projects if their cost does not exceed LVL2,000 and the Development Cooperation Council  decides on support for technical assistance projects if their costs exceeds LVL2,000 (or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, once the Saeima has enacted the Law on International Aid);
  • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may ensure assessment of the effectiveness of projects;

4.1.1.3. Assistance for foreign students to cover study fees;

4.1.1.4. Assistance to participate at the State Chancellery  4th International Public Administration Summer Institute in June or July 2008;

4.1.1.5. Assistance for fact finding visits;

4.1.1.6. Implementing a grant project competition for NGO projects in priority areas indicated in Clause 1.1.1;

4.1.1.7 Assistance for the post-conflict reconstruction project in Afghanistan at the location where the contingent of Latvian Armed Forces  is serving.

4.1.2. Upgrading the legislative basis of Latvian development cooperation. In addition to drafting new legislation, if necessary, possible amendments to existing legislation:

4.1.2.1. The Cabinet of Ministers is approving Regulations delegated by the Law on International Aid adopted by the Saeima.

ESTABLISHING MECHANISMS FOR PROVIDING plANNED BILATERAL AND TRILATERAL AID, PROMOTING LATVIAN FOREIGN POLICY ACTIVITIES IN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION ISSUES

Bilateral and trilateral cooperation projects in priority areas

Projects to achieve identified sub-goal

Completion dates

Result indicators

Link to the result indicated in Division 3

To assist NGOs, the private sector, local government and governmental institution projects, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocates funding to embassies of the Republic of Latvia in Georgia, Belarus and the Ukraine

Institution in charge: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the relevant recipient country

30 November, 2008

Embassies initiate projects based on the priorities indicated in the Plan according to the funding indicated in the Development Cooperation Plan for 2008.

Georgia - 2 projects

Republics of Ukraine and Moldova - 3 projects

Republic of Belarus- 4 projects.

3.1.1.1, 3.1.1.3 and 3.1.1.4.

State Border Guard project in Moldova and Georgia

Institution in charge: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation partner: Latvian State Border Guard

30 November, 2008

Republic of Moldova:

1) 15 missions organised in Latvia and Moldova - of those 7 in the area of border administration and 8 in the area of dog handling;

2) 43 Latvian experts involved in project implementation, of those 36 in border administration and 7 in dog handling; 

3) 91 officials of the Border Guard of the Republic of Moldova are being trained: 66 experts in border administration and 25 in dog handling; 

4) 5 quality pups have been  supplied to the Republic of Moldova; also equipment for training service dogs has been purchased and transferred to the Republic of Moldova, training has also been provided to Moldovan dog handlers and the dogs provided on state borders in the Republic of Latvia and the Republic of Moldova. 

5) Machinery, special equipment and facilities have been transferred to the border guards of the Republic of Moldova, including 5-7 service vehicles. 

Georgia:

1) an evaluation mission has been completed to identify the actual needs of the Georgian National Border Guard Department and possible areas of cooperation;

2) transfer of experience visits have been organised for officials of the Georgian border guard service to the Republic of Latvia and for experts of the State Border Guard to Georgia.

3) training events, seminars and conferences have been organised.

3.1.1.2 and 3.1.1.4.

Food and Veterinary Service project in Moldova

Responsible Institution:

 Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation partner: Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Latvia

30 November, 2008

1) Recommendations have been prepared for required projects to optimise control and monitoring activities in the areas of food and veterinary services in the Republic of Moldova;

2) A document of guidelines has been prepared for the diagnostic centre of veterinary medicine of the Republic of Moldova on the required

improvements in the testing process, the required changes in the list of testing methods and introduction of new methods;

3) 4 training courses were organised in the Republic of Moldova;

4) 5 leading and regional level specialists of the Republic of Moldova were introduced to the organisation of the food and veterinary system in Latvia;

5) 5 specialists of the diagnostic centre of Veterinary Medicine of the Republic of Moldova were trained at laboratories of the National Diagnostic Centre of the Food and Veterinary Service.

3.1.1.2 and 3.1.1.4.

Projects of the organisation "Association of Latvian Local Governments"(hereafter - (LPS) in Moldova and Ukraine

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation partner: LPS

30 November, 2008

In the Republic of Moldova:

1) experts' lectures (32 hours);

2) 2 manuals on forming   associations of local governments were prepared;

3) training visits for 5 representatives of cooperation partners were organised in Latvia;

4) working with the representation of US NDI (National Democratic Institute) in Kiev (hereafter - NDI) a conference was held in Moldova;

5) participation in one of the conferences organised by the Association in Ukraine:

Agreement with NDI to cooperate to enhance the capacity of administration of Ukraine's districts. (The number of people to be trained in all activities will be identified after the 30 September Parliamentary Elections and changes after forming a government.)

3.1.1.2, 3.1.1.3 and 3.1.1.4

Canadian International Development Agency (hereafter - CIDA) co-funded project in Ukraine in the area of market economy development

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation partner: CIDA

30 November 2008

Ukrainian representatives have learned from Latvian experience in organisation of standardisation during transition from compulsory to voluntary standardisation.

3.1.1.2, 3.1.1.3 and 3.1.1.4

Projects of the Ministry of Justice in Moldova

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation partner: Ministry of Justice of RL

30 November 2008.

1 visit and 2 seminars were organised in Moldova on each of the following subjects:

1) Judicial staff (personnel management) policy at Courts, training of Judges; 

2) lawyers, Court executors (bailiffs), notaries (regulations of these areas)

3) structure of the prison system, employment and  social rehabilitation of prisoners (prison administration and probation service)

3.1.1.2 and 3.1.1.4

Project of National Agency for Latvian Language Training to assist in establishing a bilingual education system in Georgia. 

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation partner: National Agency for Latvian Language Training

May 2008

1) informative material prepared on the experience of the National Agency for Latvian Language Training (hereafter NALLT) in bilingual education;

2) Georgian specialists have been introduced to Latvian and NALLT experience in the development and introduction of the concept of bilingual education.

3) Georgian specialists were introduced to teachers' continued education system in the area of bilingual education;  

4) A programme for courses of continued education have been prepared (120 hours);

5) Preparation of teaching and methodological material for bilingual teaching courses has begun

3.1.1.2 and 3.1.1.4

Payment of study fees for foreign students:

1) Cooperation project between Riga Business School and Grodno Technical University

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation partner: Riga Business School

2) Payment of study fees for tele-studies "Continued education in civil society"

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation partner: Establishment "Riga Summit Meeting Fund"

Information: In the event this distance-learning project is not continued, individual master studies of students from priority countries in economy, law or business administration may be assisted.

31 December 2008

1) Opportunity for 10 students from the Republic of Belarus to study in the Republic of Latvia has been ensured;

2) 30 students are being taught under the distance-learning programme.

3.1.1.3 and 3.1.1.4

Payment for fact finding visits (in priority areas)

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008

4 fact finding visits have been organised

3.1.1.4 and 3.1.1.5

Assistance for the 4th International Public Administration Summer Institute organised by the State Chancellery

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation partner: State Chancellery

31 July 2008

Participation of 6 representatives of Development Cooperation of the Republic of Latvia priority countries is ensured at the International Public Administration Summer Institute

3.1.1.4

Implementation of grant project competition for NGO projects in priority areas indicated in Clause 1.1.1

30 November 2008

Development Cooperation Council (or the MFA once the Law on International Aid comes into force) identifies the number of projects to be supported by the grant project competition. 

3.1.1.4 and 3.1.1.6

Support to the post-conflict reconstruction project in Afghanistan

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008.

Post-conflict reconstruction project in Afghanistan is implemented at the location of the Latvian Armed Forces contingent

3.1.1.4 and 3.1.1.7

UPGRADING THE LEGISLATIVE BASE OF THE LATVIAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

Projects to achieve the indicated sub-goal

Completion dates

Result indicators

Link to the result indicated in Division 3

Adoption of the draft Law on International Aid by the Saeima

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

First quarter of 2008

The Saeima adopts the Law on International Aid

3.1.2.1.

Cabinet of Ministers Regulations on the procedure to implement delegated cooperation under the Development cooperation policy pursuant to the delegation of the Law on International Aid adopted by the Saeima

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Within 6 months of the Saeima adopting the Law on International Aid

Cabinet of Ministers approves Regulations

3.1.2.1.

Cabinet of Ministers Regulations "Procedure for announcing, management, application submission, of grant competitions and making decisions on competition winners" in accordance with the delegation of the Law on International Aid adopted by the Saeima  

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Within 6 months of the Saeima enacting the Law on International Aid 

Cabinet of Ministers approves Regulations

3.1.2.1.

Amendments to Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.237 of 29 April 2003 "Founding Law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs" pursuant to delegation of the Law  on International Aid enacted by the Saeima

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Within 6 months of the Saeima adopting the Law on International Aid

Cabinet of Ministers approves amendments to the Regulations

3.1.2.1.

Drafting possible amendments to Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.807of 25 October 2005 "Regulations on introduction, management, monitoring and control of grant programmes to implement development cooperation"Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

31 December 2008

Cabinet of Ministers approves necessary amendments

3.1.2.2.

4.2. Fostering public support for development cooperation targets and policy:

4.2.1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues implementation of the second phase of the rant project competition 2007/2008 to support communication activities, development education and strengthening the capacity of civil society:

          • where necessary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall draft amendments to existing legislation or draft new legislation for the effective management and functioning of cooperation programmes;
          • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will monitor projects and prepare regular reports on grant programme monitoring;
          • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may assess the effectiveness of projects once the projects have been implemented.

4.2.2. implementation of public information activities by preparing a development cooperation home page, informative material, compiling a data base of experts and carrying out a public survey of opinions regarding development cooperation issues;

4.2.3. support to media representative activities to inform the Latvian public of current news of development cooperation;

4.2.4. organising guest lectures and essay competitions, granting scholarships and preparation of a study programme for Latvian universities on the subject of development cooperation;

4.2.5. promoting participation of NGO representatives at international events and information exchange concerning development cooperation will strengthen the capacity and involvement of civil society.

FOSTERING PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR The goals AND POLICY OF DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

Projects to achieve the identified sub-goal

Completion dates

Result indicators

Links to results identified in Division 3

Continuation of grant for communication (2007/2008)

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008

Improved public understanding of the significance of development cooperation (for the public as a whole, pupils, students, academic personnel, the media and NGO representatives)

3.3.1 and 3.3.2.

Support for NGO activities in the area of development cooperation

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation partner: organisation "Latvian Platform for Development (LAPAS)"

30 November 2008

Projects of NGO activities have been implemented

3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.5

Preparation of a home page in Latvian and English on the subject of development cooperation

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008

A home page on the subject of development cooperation is being prepared

3.3.1.

Establishing a data base of experts

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008

A data base of experts is being compiled, registering experts and giving experts opportunity to introduce themselves

3.3.1.

Organising a presentation booth

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008

A visually attractive booth of appropriate content has been made up for use at various public events (seminars, conferences, exhibitions, etc.).

3.3.1.

Guest lectures at Latvian universities

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008.

Foreign academics introduce Latvian students to the importance and practice of development cooperation, thus increasing students' knowledge.

3.3.1 and 3.3.4.

Introductory lecture on development cooperation and an essay competition on development cooperation and recipient countries in schools

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008

Students are encouraged to think about the importance of aid for less developed countries and to learn more about Latvia's contribution to development cooperation. Lectures and essay competitions are held in four schools - both in town and rural schools. The essay competition anticipates awarding prizes to the three best students

3.3.1, 3.3.4 and 3.3.5.

A visit by a group of reporters (one TV, one press and one radio reporter) to aid recipient countries

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008.

Material and publications have been prepared to introduce the Latvian public to the process of development cooperation projects and to enhance reporters' knowledge of and interest in the aforesaid subject

3.3.1 and 3.3.3.

Seminar on development cooperation for media representatives

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008

Reporters are identified (at least 10 people), who are interested in and have knowledge of development cooperation, and who may be interested in providing information on the subject of development cooperation

3.3.1 and 3.3.3.

Annual award to a journalist on the subject of development cooperation

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008.

Interest of journalists is encouraged and their understanding of the subject of development cooperation is promoted. One award is given to the best reporter

3.3.1 and 3.3.3.

Assistance for NGO representatives to participate at international events

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008.

Exchange of experience of Latvian NGOs with foreign partners is promoted

3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.5.

At the end of the year a visually colourful booklet on development cooperation is published

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

30 November 2008.

A booklet is published describing activities of development cooperation (about 300 copies), which is distributed to NGOs, universities, schools, governmental institutions etc.

3.3.1.

Exhibition of photographs on Latvia's contribution to development cooperation and the global importance of development cooperation

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Autumn 2008.

Visual material on development cooperation is distributed. An information tent is erected and NGO representatives are involved.

3.3.1 and 3.3.5.

Support for a project of the organisation "GLEN Latvija"

Responsible institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cooperation partner: Organisation "GLEN Latvija"

30 November 2008.

Participation by 5 students at a training seminar on development cooperation issues

3.3.4.

5. Anticipated funding for implementation of Plan 2008

In addition to the LVL 450,000 included in the basic expenses of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, another LVL 150,000 has been allocated to implement development cooperation activities for the year 2008, making up a total of LVL 600,000. Of the anticipated LVL 600,000

5.1. For bilateral and trilateral cooperation projects funding has been assigned as follows:

5.1.1. embassy monitored projects in Georgia, Ukraine (projects in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova) and the Republic of Belarus LVL 45,000:

  • Georgia LVL 5,000;
  • Republic of Belarus LVL 25,000;
  • Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova LVL 15,000

5.1.2.  Bilateral and trilateral technical assistance projects LVL 292,300:

  • State Border Guard projects in Moldova LVL 87,000 and Georgia LVL 10,000;
  • food and veterinary service project in Moldova LVL 65,000;
  • LPS projects in Moldova LVL 50,300 and Ukraine LVL 30,000;
  • CIDA co-financed project in Ukraine in the area of market economy LVL 20,000;
  • National Agency for Latvian Language Training project in Georgia LVL 20,000;
  • Ministry of Justice project to upgrade the judicial system in the Republic of Moldova LVL 10,000

5.1.3.  payment of study fees for foreign students LVL 40,700:

  • Riga Business School project in cooperation with Grodno Technical University LVL 25,700;
  • payment of costs of the distance-learning project "Continued education programme to support civil society in Belarus" LVL 15,000.

Note: In the event where the above mentioned tele-study project is not continued, individual master studies of students of priority countries in economy, law or business administration may be assisted.

5.1.4. Fourth International Public Administration Summer Institute held by State Chancery LVL 10,000.

5.1.5. funding for fact finding visits LVL 20,000;

5.1.6. implementation of grant project competition for NGO projects LVL 100,000;

5.1.7. post-conflict reconstruction project in Afghanistan at the location of the Latvian Armed Forces contingent LVL 25,000;

5.2. Support for communication activities, development education and of enhancement of capacity of civic society LVL 67,000 from total available funding:

5.2.1. To continue winning projects of the grant project competition in 2008 LVL 16,692;

5.2.2. support for NGO activities in the development cooperation area LVL 21,201;

5.2.3. implementing public information activities and public survey:

  • creation of Development cooperation policy home page LVL 2,800;
  • compiling data base of experts LVL 2,000;
  • preparation of informative material LVL 2,200;
  • public opinion study on development cooperation issues LVL 2,000;
  • constructing presentation booth LVL 1,800;
  • exhibition of photographs on Latvia's contribution to development cooperation and the global importance of development cooperation LVL 1,800.

5.2.4 activities of media representatives:

  • annual award for best communication product in the media   LVL 2,000;
  • visit  by group of reporters to aid recipient countries LVL 3,700;
  • seminar on development cooperation for media representatives LVL 2,000.

5.2.5. support for education on the subject of development cooperation:

  • organising guest lectures at Latvian universities LVL 1,450;
  • introductory lecture on development cooperation and school essay competition on development cooperation and aid recipient countries LVL 1, 150;
  • participation by five students at a training seminar on development cooperation issues LVL 4,000.

5.2.6. assistance for Latvian NGO representatives to attend international events LVL 2,207.

In the event that there should be funds left over from implementation of 2008 projects (where it has not possible to implement a project anticipated in 2008, or there is funding left over after implementing a project) the decision on utilisation of such funds is made by the Development Cooperation Council or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, once the Law on International Aid is enacted by the Saeima. When making the decision for the use of unused funding, the Development Cooperation Council or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall observe the targets of Plan 2008 and the course of actions to achieve such targets.

6. Reporting procedure

Pursuant to Clause 3.3 of Cabinet of Ministers Order No.107 of 19 February 2003, "On the Basic Principles of Development Cooperation of the Republic of Latvia" the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall submit to the Cabinet of Ministers by 1 April 2009 an informative report on the implementation of Plan 2008. The informative report shall be prepared taking into account the projects identified in Clauses 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 to achieve identified targets, their result indicators and completion dates.   

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Māris Riekstiņš

 


[1] The Cabinet of Ministers Order No.230 of 13 April 2005, Amendments to Cabinet of Ministers Order No.107 of 19 February 2003, "On the Basic Principles of the Development Cooperation Policy of the Republic of Latvia"; Cabinet of Ministers Order No.691 of 29 October 2003, Amendments to Cabinet of Ministers Order No.107 of 19 February 2003 "On the Basic Principles of the Development Cooperation Policy of the Republic of Latvia" and Cabinet of Ministers Order No.339 of 28 May 2003, Amendments to Cabinet of Ministers Order No.107 of 19 February 2003 "On the Basic Principles of the Development Cooperation Policy of the Republic of Latvia".

[2] Latvia's participation in the Development cooperation policy of the European Union - in working groups of the Council and the Council of Ministers - is presently being organised in accordance with Cabinet of Ministers Order No.385 of 11 June 2003, "On the Authority of Ministries and other State Institutions in European Union issues", Cabinet of Ministers Instruction No.6 of 16 August 2005, "Procedure for drawing up Latvia's national positions on European Union issues and preparing and distributing instructions and information related thereto" and Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.596 of 16 August 2005 "Procedure for Drafting, Approving and Representing the  Latvian national position on European Union Issues".

[3] For the development cooperation policy to be effective, the Council of Europe passed on 14 - 15 May 2007 "EU Code of Conduct concerning adding to and dividing work in development cooperation policy". The Code provides the principles of division of work that help to effectively identify geographic and subject priorities, thus reducing duplication of aid provided by donor countries and increasing effectiveness.

[4] The conclusions of EU Council External Relations Council of 24.05.2005 set out a goal to increase funding for development cooperation to collectively reach by the EU by 2010 0.56% of GDP and ensuring that each EU member country reach at least 0.51% of GDP, bearing in mind that the countries which became member countries of the EU after 2002, Latvia among them, shall attempt to reach 0.17% of the GDP.