Personnel development cooperation assigns Austrian and European experts to developing countries. This gives them direct access to the needs, interests and potential of the local population. They prepare innovative initiatives and strategies together with their partners. This way, they build the capacities of local organisations, while also communicating knowledge about developing-country concerns to Austrian civil society to raise awareness of development-policy topics and issues among Austrian citizens.

Programmes in personnel development cooperation are administered by civil-society organisations (CSOs) and funded by ADA. Individuals are not eligible to apply.