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The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is in charge of implementing all bilateral projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). For this, ADA has various financing instruments at its disposal.

In priority countries and key regions, ADC contributes to implementing national development plans or regional strategies. Increasing use is made of the capacities in the partner countries themselves or programme-based approaches. In most cases funding agreements are concluded with partner country institutions and organisations. In addition programmes and projects can also be implemented by project implementing agencies selected by means of calls for tender or an application procedure.

For all developing countries, ADA provides the following aid instruments:

  • Initiatives funded under country and regional strategies - In its priority countries and key regions, Austrian Development Cooperation supports governments in implementing national development plans or regional strategies. Increasingly important factors are implementation through national systems, programme-based approaches and funding agreements with organisations and institutions in partner countries.
  • Civil Society International provides funding for projects and programmes of Austrian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) aiming to sustainably improve the standard of living and development prospects of population in partner countries.
  • Development Communication and Education in Austria provides funding for projects of Austrian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) aiming to raise awareness of development-policy issues and global linkage within Austrian society.
  • Business partnerships - are funding projects for enterprises from Austria or the European Economic Area (EEA) that provide long-term investments in developing countries and take active measures to improve local social, ecological or economic conditions.
  • Humanitarian measures are funded in the aftermath of disasters worldwide with finance from the Austrian government's "Foreign Disaster Aid Fund".

The partners and modes of assistance are selected in keeping with political and strategic considerations and international development cooperation agreements. This is carried out through:


Competitive tendering: public calls to tender

A number of projects and programmes are implemented following a public call to tender. Tendering procedures are subject to the Austrian Federal Public Procurement Act. Evaluations, studies, trainings and short-term assignments for ongoing projects and programmes are also put out to tender.


Finance based on open application

The Development Cooperation Act (DC Act) provides for funding projects/programmes that organisations plan and apply for on their own initiative. A prerequisite for this is consistency with the goals and strategies of Austrian development policy and co-funding by the applicant. Only development organisations under the DC Act are considered as applicants for assistance.

Finance based on open applications is available for the following:


Submission of applications for funding (call for proposals) on invitation

By means of specific calls for proposals, ADA can steer the contents of its projects/programmes and pursue its goals (Three-Year Programme on Austrian Development Cooperation). At the same time, this procedure sets an incentive for non-governmental actors to deploy their resources in Austrian partner countries. Calls are carried out for project and programme activities in priority countries and key regions as part of country and regional strategies as well as for cofinancing and measures in humanitarian aid. The call for proposal procedure is laid down in the DC Act.


1. Information for applicants based in Austria:

for initiatives in Austria

for initiatives abroad


2. Information for applicants worldwide:

for initiatives in Austria

for initiatives abroad



To bundle resources, ADA participates in pooled funding with other bilateral or multilateral donors. Finance for projects and programmes can also be arranged together. This coordination among donor countries and the resultant division of labour enhance aid effectiveness. Donors can particularly effectively deploy their expertise and specialisation - such as in water supply and sanitation - if funds are available from other donor countries in addition to their own resources. ADA is involved in a so-called delegated cooperation in Moldova. Funds from the EU, Switzerland, Austria and the Republic of Moldova are being deployed there for a drinking water project.