Austria's Official Development Assistance
According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Austria allocated 1.079 billion euros of official development assistance (ODA) in 2019. This equals to 0.27 percent of Austria’s gross national income (GNI) and – without considering inflation – represents an increase of 91.8 million euros compared to the previous year. Adjusted for both foreign exchange rates and inflation, the OECD’s growth rate for Austrian ODA amounts to 7.4 percent. In 2018, Austria’s ODA payments amounted to 0.26 percent of Austria‘s GNI.
Austria’s ODA figures include all federal, state and municipal aid flows. So far, the 2019 data are preliminary – deviations may still occur until the OECD has issued the final figures in autumn 2020.
Development of Austrian ODA
According to the OECD’s preliminary data for 2019, Austria invested a total of 387.6 million euros in bilateral development assistance. Multilateral ODA flows amounted to 691.8 million euros in comparison to 578.5 million euros in 2018. The higher share of multilateral aid is mostly due to increased contributions to multilateral organisations such as the United Nations, the Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the Global Environment Facility or the Green Climate Fund as well as to institutions of the European Union. The decline in bilateral ODA from 409.1 million euros in 2018 to 387.6 million euros in 2019 is mostly due to reduced in-donor refugee costs and debt relief operations.
With net flows of 112.6 million euros (including 92.73 million euros in operative funds from the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs), the Austrian Development Agency’s share of Austria’s bilateral aid rose from 23.6 percent in 2018 to 29.1 percent in 2019.
Announcement of ODA
Each year, the OECD’s development assistance committee (DAC) releases ODA data of its member states based on their respective statistical reports. First trends of the past reporting year are published in spring. Final ODA figures will be documented in the OECD’s database as well as in the Austrian Development Cooperation’s ODA report towards the end of the year.