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Austrian Development Cooperation

Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) supports countries in Africa, Asia, South Eastern and Eastern Europe as well as the Carribean in their sustainable development.

The Foreign Ministry (
FMEIA ) plans ADC strategies and programmes. The Austrian Development Agency ( ADA ), the operational unit of ADC, implements these together with public institutions, non-governmental organisations and enterprises.

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Austrian Development Agency

View of the building of Austrian Development Agency
© Barbara Holter

The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). It is in charge of implementing all bilateral programmes and projects in ADC's partner countries and administers the budget earmarked for this.

The centrepiece of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is the department Programmes and Projects International. Via offices abroad, country and regional officers here keep in direct contact with the partner countries to ensure the coherent and efficient implementation of Austrian Development Cooperation. This department organises collaboration with the private sector as well as quality assurance and knowledge management for setting thematic priorities in Austrian Development Cooperation.

Non-governmental organisations cooperate with the department "Funding Civil Society". Supporting this operative departments are two others, Finance & Audit Division and General Administration.

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ADA annually implements 500 programmes and projects. Beyond that ADA obtained the qualification to implement EU financed projects with partners. Such funds are channeled through Indirect Centralised Management (ICM) or twinnings. Through a cooperation with the Oesterreichischen Entwicklungsbank (OeEB) existing since 2012 ADA is also receiving further capital to strengthen the instrument of business partnerships and feasibility studies.

A major task of ADA is conducting a dialogue with the public to communicate the aims and achievements of Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). This is done through public relations, but also through development communication and education, ADA seeks to elicit broad support for Austria's development-policy efforts.

The Managing Director of ADA is Martin Ledolter. He heads a team of about 149 staff in Vienna and spread across the foreign offices abroad.

ADA's supervisory board consists of 12 members with a four-year term of office. It advises the management and oversees the strategic and operational alignment of the enterprise. Chairperson is Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

Established in 2004, the Austrian Development Agency is a limited liability company. Sole founder and owner is the Austrian Federal Government. The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (MFA) represents the owner in dealings with ADA as stipulated in an amendment to the Federal Development Cooperation Act in 2003.

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