According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Austria allocated 1.756 billion euros of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2022. This corresponds to a share of 0.39 percent of ODA in gross national income (GNI) and to an increase of 516.1 million euro or 41.6 percent compared to the previous year. Austria’s ODA figures include all federal, state and municipal aid flows.

Development of Austrian ODA
In 2022, Austria invested a total of 1,026.7 million euros in bilateral and 729.7 million euros in multilateral development assistance.

The increase in bilateral aid from 577.9 million euros in 2021 to 1,026.7 million euros in 2022 is inter alia due to increased contributions in the area of asylum seekers in donor countries (increase by 300.4 million euro to 353.8 million euro; of which 264.1 million euro related to displaced persons from the Ukraine). In addition, increases are recorded in the areas of concessional loans (increase by 55.9 million to 98.6 million), bilateral humanitarian spending from the Foreign Disaster Fund (AKF; increases by 25.8 million euros to 98.2 million euros) as well as COVID-19 vaccine donations (increase by 15.3 million to 31.3 million), among others.

The increase in multilateral ODA from 662.4 million euros in 2021 to 729.7 million euros in 2022 can be explained by higher contributions to multilateral organisations such as the European Commission (increase by 69.1 million euro to 330.6 million euro) and a Trust Fund of the International Monetary Fund in the area of debt relief (increase by 14.9 million euro; no contributions in 2021), among others. A decrease can meanwhile be found inter alia in contributions to the European Development Fund (EDF; by 24.0 million euros to 66.0 million euros).

Switch to the ODA grant equivalent system
In Austria, all data from 2020 are communicated on a grant equivalent basis. Since the grant equivalent has been used by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) as the standard measure for statistical ODA-reporting since 2019 (for 2018 data), and to provide comparable figures over time, data 2018 and 2019 presented in the figure below have been recalculated on a grant equivalent basis. ODA loans to the private sector as well as equities continue to be reported on a net flow basis under the interim Private Sector Instruments (PSI) reporting directives. Until 2019 data, debt relief was also recorded on a net flow basis.

Announcement of ODA-figures
Every year, the OECD/DAC releases the ODA figures of its member states based on their respective statistical reporting. First trends of the past reporting year based on preliminary data are published in spring. Final ODA figures are available on the OECD’s Creditor Reporting System (CRC) database as well as here towards the end of the year.

All data from the reporting year 2020 onward are communicated on a grant equivalent basis. Since grant equivalent has been the standard measure for statistical reporting of ODA by OECD/DAC since 2019 (for the reporting year 2018) and in order to establish a basis for comparison, back-calculation on a grant equivalent basis has been performed for the reporting years 2018 and 2019. ODA loans to the private sector, as well as equity investments, continue to be reported on a net flow basis under the Interim Reporting Directives on Private Sector Instruments (PSI). Debt relief was also recorded on a net flow basis until the 2019 reporting year.