Croatia: A Unique Bridge between North and South Development Cooperation

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This report aims to showcase Croatia’s capacities for the achieving of global Agenda 2030. With all of the recent paradigm changes in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance, as set out in major new documents such as Agenda 2030, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, Agenda for Humanity and the Paris Agreement, it is clear that their implementation requires joint efforts by all. Since Official Development Assistance (ODA) can never be enough, and Humanitarian Response Plans can never be sufficiently financed, new ways must be sought to capitalize on Croatia’s potential.

Bearing in mind Croatia’s specific experiences and capacities, this report presents some of the experiences acquired during Croatia’s post-war political, economic and societal transition and transformation process, which in some cases is still ongoing. Furthermore, it describes Croatia’s development cooperation with Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Colombia and Ukraine, who are facing challenges of post-conflict recovery in many different aspects where Croatia can offer expertise, knowledge and useful lessons learned. Croatia cooperates with these countries on the basis of South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) principles.