Did you know that the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) maintains 13 field offices and has supported about 3,500 projects worth EUR 1 billion in the last ten years? These and many other important facts and figures on the Austrian Development Agency and Austrian development assistance are available here: 

AUSTRIAN OFFICIAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE

The share of Austria’s official development assistance payments (ODA) amounted to EUR 1.09 billion in 2017, equivalent to 0.3 per cent of gross national income (GNI).

A total of EUR 517.7 million was spent on bilateral development cooperation and EUR 573.1 million for multilateral funds.

The operational budget of the Austrian Development Agency/of the Austrian Development Cooperation amounted EUR 94.3 million in 2017. Therefore the percentage of ADA's budget on bilateral ODA increased from 9 per cent in 2016 to 18 per cent in 2017.

The lower ODA-rate compared to 2016 could be mainly explained by the reduction of the eligible funds for the first aid of refugees. Overall the eligible refugee funds decreased by EUR 403.1 million, which is estimated to account 12 per cent of Austria's ODA. In 2016, the proportion of refugee costs was particularly high due to increased arrivals of people fleeing in 2015 in Austria.

WHAT COUNTS AS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE? 

Due to its membership in the OECD Development Assistance Committee, Austria is obliged to publish the amount of its annual official development assistance. This reporting requirement is the only way to ascertain whether and to what extent (DAC)member states have met agreed targets. 

Official development assistance (ODA) consists of payments from public funds that meet certain criteria and are allocated to developing countries. Jointly defined by the member states and set out in the reporting guidelines, the criteria aim at ensuring the international comparability of results. 

Based on the statistical reports, the OECD Development Assistance Committee publishes the annual results in international comparison: With provisional data on the previous reporting year, initial trends are published in spring with detailed final results of official development assistance from individual states published in a report at the end of the year. 

DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE BETWEEN NATIONS 

Official development assistance (ODA) comprises funding from the Federal Government and the federal states and municipalities that is approved by the OECD Development Assistance Committee. 

In addition to bilateral Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) implemented by its operational unit, ADA, many other sources of finance (ministries, federal states, municipalities and other public corporations) make a major contribution to total official development assistance. 

Bilateral ODA designates all projects/programmes that are planned and agreed on directly by Austria with the partner country and also includes cofinance for projects of non-governmental organisations in developing countries. Contributions to international organisations that are earmarked for certain regions or programmes also count as bilateral ODA disbursements. 

The budget for bilateral development cooperation administered by ADA accounts for approximately a tenth of Austria’s total official development assistance. The funds for this stem from the budget of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the European Recovery Programme (ERP) Fund. This is the most important part for discretionary development policy. 

MULTILATERAL ODA COMPONENTS 

Only non-earmarked, general, core budget contributions count as multilateral official development assistance. 

Details of multilateral ODA provided by Austrian ministries: