UNDP AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY
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In May 2004, Slovakia became the member state of the European Union. Through this step the country officially entered a broader geo-political and socio-economic context. However, the EU, in spite of its principal importance for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, is not the only transnational structure that has been influencing the direction of development of the Slovak society and definitions of its political and economic priorities. This article looks at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from the perspective of its role in defining the concept of human development in the new millennium and briefly discusses the activities of UNDP in the countries of the former Soviet block as these have unfolded over the past decade. The article suggests that the activities, roles and impact of development aid in general and UNDP in particular in the former communist countries merit a closer attention of ethnology due to their relevance for setting developmental priorities and influencing the nature of social change in the region.
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