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TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (TA)

TA has been the only form used so far to implement development projects. TA (as defined by OECD, DAC) includes both i) grants to nationals of aid recipient countries receiving education or training at home or abroad, and ii) payments to consultants, advisers and similar personnel as well as teachers and administrators serving in recipient countries, (including the cost of associated equipment).

TA projects implemented by an external contractor

The most common have been projects implemented by an external contractor, selected by the MLSA in public procurement or grant award procedure.

The objective of MLSA's projects has been social and/or economic stabilisation and equal opportunities for all as the MLSA strives rather to tackle the development problem in a complex way than to focus on one of its dimensions.

The outcomes set are improving of living conditions (i.e. better social infrastructure) and opportunities (for gainful activities) for people excluded/threatened by exclusion as to help them to fully participate on economic/social/cultural life of the society and to live in a way considered by their society as common, i.e. as to give them an alternative to leave their country.

As to reach the above-mentioned, the MLSA's IDC aims at following 4 target groups:

  • Service/benefit providers, e.g. employment service administrations/social service organisations and their staff, volunteers;
  • Educators/trainers (of service/benefit providers), e.g. schools, universities, training institutions, consultancies, research institutions;
  • Service/benefit recipients, classified by types of disadvantage (disabled, old, children, women, minorities, migrants, asylum seekers), or their position on the labour market (employees, self-employees, /long-term/ unemployed, non-active (in education);
  • Policy makers.

So far, the MLSA has implemented 6 TA projects, whereas

4 in social as well as employment domains

  • Socio-economic stabilisation of people and families affected by HIV/AIDS and opportune infections - Karas region implemented by Člověk v tísni - společnost při České televizi, o.p.s. (NGO; CZ) in Namibia in 2003-2008 with a total budget of CZK 28,429,000 (EUR 948,000); project aims at providing and improving social/health services + establishing and operating a workshop as to produce and sell on profit traditional handicrafts);
  • Establishing of an asylum house for victims of domestic violence - Šumadija region implemented by ADRA, o.s. (NGO; CZ) in Serbia 2006-2008, with a total budget of CZK 8,800,000 (EUR 293,000); project aims at socioeconomic stabilisation of victims of domestic violence, i.e. providing and improving social services in an asylum house + providing employment consultancy;
  • Support to transformation process of houses for disabled and initiation of changes in social services for handicapped - Beograd region implemented by Člověk v tísni - společnost při České televizi, o.p.s. (NGO; CZ) in Serbia 2004-2006, with a total budget of CZK 12,300,000 (EUR 410,000); project aims at initiation of social services transformation, i.e. reaching a more individual approach to clients, establishing and operating a protected housing + employment assured for its habitants;
  • Social inclusion of vulnerable groups of habitants - Thua Thien Hue region implemented by Mr Jiří Kocourek (natural person; CZ) in Vietnam in 2006-2009, with a total budget of CZK 13,500,000 (EUR 450,000); project aims at socioeconomic stabilisation of people affected by dioxins, i.e. providing and improving social services + establishing and operating a workshop as to produce compensatory tools for disabled;

2 purely in social domain

  • Preparation and introduction of a study program Social work - Ulaanbatar region implemented by Charita Česká republika (NGO; CZ) in Mongolia 2006-2010, with a total budget of CZK 14,500,000 (EUR 483,000); project aims at improvement of field social services, i.e. consolidating the existing methodology cc. the study programme Social work, training of graduate social workers;
  • Support to social inclusion of socio-culturally disadvantaged preschool children - Šumadija region implemented by Člověk v tísni - společnost při České televizi, o.p.s. (NGO; CZ) in Serbia 2006-2007, with a total budget of CZK 3,400,000 (EUR 113,000); project aims at inclusion of disadvantaged children into regular departments of kindergartens, i.e. training of social workers in work with children having specific needs;

Exchange of experts

TA projects also take the form of single, short-term (up to 2 weeks) mutual exchanges of experts (differently ranked state administration officers and/or representatives of other interested institutions), which are being implemented directly by the MLSA.

These projects are primarily targeted on policy makers (minimally on service providers) with the aim of initiating and/or supporting partner country's policies reforms and strengthening its capacities.

The projects always consist of 2 parts:

  • Lectures (workshops, trainings, round table discussions etc.); and
  • Visits (state administration offices at national/regional/local level, fieldwork institutions etc).

The projects are aimed at sharing know-how and information in the field of labour market and related policy areas, i.e. from

  • Legislative point of view (strategy papers, action plans, reforms carried out and lessons learnt etc.); as well as
  • Practical point of view (competencies, structure, functioning and services provided by institutions; education and skills requirements on different positions within the institutions, data information systems etc.).

The topics mostly covered related to labour market, i.e. to

  • Internal policy (unemployment support, active employment policy measures etc.); and
  • Bilateral relations (work migration, illegal employment, integration of foreigners, bilateral agreements on mutual employment of citizens etc.)

Less covered are social issues, i.e.

  • Benefits (state social support, social assistance);
  • Services (of different types: counselling, care services, prevention services; and different forms: stay-in, ambulatory, field).

So far, the MLSA has implemented mutual exchanges projects with:

  • Mongolia in 2003-2005, with a total budget of CZK 1,400,000 (EUR 46,700);
  • Vietnam in 2001-2005, with a total budget of CZK 2,418,000 (EUR 80,600);
  • Ukraine in 2001-2005, with a total budget of CZK 1,950,000 (EUR 65,000).

Similar projects are also being implemented in the frame of standard bilateral relations with counterpart ministries, i.e. they are not considered as development projects.

Participation on TA projects of other donors

Within its IDC, the MLSA also participates (on demand) on development projects via providing expert consultations, especially in the field of migration-related policies. With a view to its crosscutting character, administration of the migration agenda is spread across several Ministries whereas the MLSA's part covers management of labour migratory flows towards the Czech Republic, active migration policy, fight against illegal migration and social security aspects of migration whereas the substantial part of it is being dealt with as an internal policy by other Departments of the MLSA, not within the International Cooperation Department. Hence, projects and activities carried out within the above mentioned areas are not considered as part of IDC of the MLSA even though they contribute to the development of partner countries' policies and capacities to manage migratory flows.

So far, the MLSA has participated on the Ministry of Interior's projects because of the interconnection of migration and labour market agendas administered by both Ministries:

  • Support to reintegration mechanisms in Georgia, prevention of irregular migration from Georgia implemented by International Organisation for Migration in Georgia 2005-2007; the MLSA participated on the project in 2006 via providing methodological support to a newly established Advisory Centre to be operated under existing State Employment Agency; more specifically, 2 + 1 experts from the MLSA and the Labour Office in Prague went to Georgia to train ca. 20 Georgian counterparts in a 3-day workshop aimed at employment services, advising, retraining, and vocational training. The experts participated as well on preparation of methodological documents, instructing videos, leaflets, student books, etc.
Author: Odbor 71
Updated: 17.7.2007

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