Even though over ¾ of Bosnia and Herzegovina is mountainous (with minor exceptions for private ski resorts), its mountain rescue service has no professional workers. It is completely volunteer-based and relies for the funding it needs on sponsors, local government, and civil protection units. There is no central telephone number for the mountain rescue service, nor is there any guaranteed nonstop emergency service. Therefore, this year and with assistance from the CzDA, a three-year project has been launched to improve the cooperation between the rescuers in the different mountain areas, to increase their capacities, to assist with equipment, and to transfer experience from the operation of the Mountain Rescue Service in the Czech Republic. The economic situation in Bosnia and HerzegovinaContinue Reading

The majority of Zambian farmers are small or medium-sized. The main problems they face are a lack of knowledge about modern methods and insufficient business skills. Productivity is thus lower, particularly in rural areas, while incomes do not allow the necessary investments to be made and often do not even cover proper nutrition for the family. A Czech Development Agency (CzDA) project implemented by a team from Mendel University in Brno is therefore focusing on strengthening business skills and increasing incomes, and thereby the living standards of small and medium-sized farmers in Western Province. Around 8 000 tree seedlings have been planted in four areas of Zambia as part of the second phase of the project. As a consequence ofContinue Reading

While as late as 1990 the WHO reported 116 deaths for every 1,000 births in Cambodia, the situation has now improved fourfold. This is credited to a Czech Development Agency project through which health care equipment and neonatal tools, including incubators, were provided to the Pediatric Hospital in Phnom Penh. This leading clinic specializing in procedures typically beyond the capacity of regional hospitals examines some 20,000 pediatric patients every year.Despite the significant improvement in Cambodia’s infant mortality rates to a level similar to that of Indonesia or the Philippines, according to the WHO care for mothers and children here continues to lag behind. This is due to the poor quality of health care services provided in the state and privateContinue Reading

As a result of the emergence of self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine, which are still beyond the control of the central government in Kiev, the universities have been evacuated from this territory. This evacuation was generally a very hasty process and teachers and students both had to leave all their equipment where it was. The same was true of the Donbas National Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture, which, although it had received new buildings in Kramatorsk from the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science to keep it open, those buildings were in very bad condition. As part of the Czech Development Agency (CzDA) project the school building was first reconstructed with the help of the students themselves, after whichContinue Reading

Cambodian children’s mortality rate has dropped due to the mHealth program funded by the Czech Development Agency and implemented by People in Need.Cambodia has the highest mortality rate for new-born children in the whole of Southeast Asia. There were as many as 45 deaths for every 1,000 births in 2010. This is partly due to inadequate education among mothers and local superstitions that create obstacles to efforts to improve care for new-borns. This is successfully being resolved by a system of voicemail messages sent to Cambodian mothers directly via their mobile phones. The Czech Development Agency has therefore funded a project here in Cambodia for improving health for mothers and children in Cambodia with an emphasis on prevention and theContinue Reading

For 2018, the Czech Development Agency has declared a tender for the Development Cooperation Programme for the Private Sector (B2B Programme), which aims to support Czech companies in developing countries.Companies may request a subsidy of up to CZK 5 million with 50% co-financing to create business plans, feasibility studies or project implementation. Within the tender, 42 projects were selected from the total of 77 subsidy applications, which will be implemented this year in 26 developing countries. Among them are priority countries for development cooperation, such as Georgia, where four projects will be implemented, and Bosnia and Herzegovina with three projects. But with support from CzechAid, Czech companies are heading to even riskier markets. For instance in Mali, where GET s.r.o. will implementContinue Reading