The main aims of development co-operation are to reduce the inequality between the rich and the poor, safeguard peace and security and protect the environment. The Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs is responsible for the co-ordination of Austrian development policy.
The aims of Austrian development policy are laid out annually in a 3-year programme, which is approved by the Council of Ministers. The 3-year programme 2005-2007 also contains particulars on the quantity and quality of Austrian development co-operation.
OECD and ADA
The Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs concentrates on seven key regions in Africa, Central America and Asia. Austria also influences the economic, social and ecological development in our direct neighbourhood - South-East Europe.
The Austrian Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) develops strategies and programmes. The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is responsible for implementing all bilateral programmes and projects in the partner countries of OECD. The ADA controls the budget with which the OECD bilateral programmes are implemented. The ADA works closely with non-governmental organisations and private business.
Austrian Research Foundation for Development Aid
The Austrian Research Foundation for Development Aid (ÖFSE) is an information service for questions about developing countries, development co-operation and development policy.
The scientific department of the ÖFSE provides information, analyses and advice on the following topics:
- Austrian Development Co-operation and Development Policy
- International Development and Economic Policy
- Education co-operation
- Education and sustainable development and
- Strategies for reducing poverty.
The ÖFSE offers a comprehensive information service on Austrian and international development policy (only in German) at: http://www.eza.at Through their database (German only) Datenbanken you can access information about projects and programmes, scientific literature and media, as well as data on key organisations.
economy and development
ADC’s priority programme Private Sector and Development makes use of potential synergies between private businesses and official development cooperation to benefit both enterprises and the local population.
Support and Advice for Companies
The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) offers financial support to companies in the area of Economy and Development for development-related projects in developing countries by means of two financial instruments:
- Business Partnerships (business-to-business projects)
- Development Partnerships (public private co-operation)
In addition, the ADA offers:
- Advice and intermediation from experts
- Advice on submission of project proposals for business partnerships and development partnerships
- Project support and monitoring