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) has continued to rise since 2011 and amounted to EUR 1,193 million in 2015, equivalent to 0,35 per cent of gross national income (GNI).

The increase of this year’s ODA-quota is partly due to higher expenditures for the sustenance of refugees in Austria. These in-donor refugee costs have been calculated according to OECD-DAC reporting directives which apply to all member countries of the (OECD). Even when not taking into account in-donor refugee costs and debt reduction, Austria’s official development assistance figures show a slight increase of the expenditures in comparison with the previous year.

Austria was one of the first countries to report on official development assistance figures for 2015 in summer 2016.

The publication of the official figures of ODA 2015 for all reporting donor countries by the OECD is expected for late autumn 2016.

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: